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Fast Five Review: My Cousin Rachel

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Drama | 2017 | Reviewed by Michelle

Philip is an orphan, raised by his slightly older cousin, Ambrose, who he came to regard as a father. But when Ambrose travels alone to Italy and falls in love with a woman named Rachel, Philip can’t help but feel neglected. Soon, word arrives that Ambrose and Rachel are married – and then, Ambrose’s letters home begin to take a worrying tone. Ambrose is sick, and blames Rachel for his illness. When Ambrose dies in Italy, Philip is furious, and is determined to confront Rachel, who he is convinced is directly responsible for Ambrose’s death. However, upon meeting Rachel – young, beautiful, mysterious Rachel – Philip is suddenly lost for words…

1) Did you like the film?

I really enjoyed My Cousin Rachel, and if literary adaptations, fancy costumes and repressed sexual tension are your jam, then I think you’ll love it too.

mycousinrachel2) Why?

What, fancy costumes and repressed sexual tension aren’t enough to convince you? Okay, fine – from the very first scene, My Cousin Rachel will grab you and won’t let go until its thrilling conclusion. If you’re looking for something romantic – say, along the lines of Pride and Prejudice, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. This isn’t a love story. My Cousin Rachel is dark and twisted and dripping with drama.

3) You’ll enjoy this movie if…

I’ll say it again – My Cousin Rachel is a literary adaptation (based on the book by Daphne du Maurier, the author of Rebecca), it has fancy costumes galore, the repressed sexual tension will fog up your television screen…and did I forgot to mention Game of Thrones’ Ser Jorah Mormont is in it?

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(…All the other actors are A+ too.)

4) This film made me think about…

I’m ashamed to admit I haven’t read the book. I need to fix that…where’s the nearest library?

5) Overall rating?

4.5-stars

 

Top Ten October New Releases

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October’s already here (hello, warmer weather – we’ve missed you!) and we’re excited, because there’s a whole heap of amazing titles ready and raring to hit library shelves across Australia!

It’s a big, biiiig month for young adult titles, with the first season of Riverdale coming out in just a couple of days, as well as Descendants 2, and the latest season of Adventure Time – which is a hit with younger kids too…and even adults! Plus, there’s the new Spider-Man film, Homecoming, in which Peter Parker has to keep New York safe…while attending high school.

We’ve also got two hotly anticpated drama titles coming out really soon – My Cousin Rachel, based on the Daphne du Maurier novel, as well as The Beguiled, which stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning and more. Plus, just in time for Halloween, there’s a new Chucky film to scare the absolute socks off a whole new generation of fans.

As always, choosing just ten titles to feature wasn’t the easiest of tasks – but nonetheless, here are our Top Ten for October, in no particular order… Continue reading