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Robert Pattinson steps into the shoes of antihero Georges Duroy for this lively, if muddled, adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 novel. Duroy is a likeable rogue in a world of scoundrels, an ex-soldier in Paris
who crosses the threshold of the chattering classes into a web of high-class intrigue that stretches from the boardroom to the bedroom.
Bel Ami is diverting and sometimes amusing, and Pattinson is adequate in the lead – pretty enough to convince as a womaniser, but with enough of a hint of ambition and a moral vacuum behind the eyes. There are serious themes afoot concerning backroom dealing in politics and media, but these are never fully brought out. This Bel Ami is spirited and sensible, but little more than period fluff.
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