My Cousin Rachel is a 2017 romantic drama starring Sam Claflin, Rachel Weisz, Holliday Grainger and Iain Glen. It is directed by Roger Michell, who is known for Nothing Hill (1999) and Morning Glory (2010). This film is made after a book with the same title as the film and the writer is Daphne du Maurier. A synopsis for My Cousin Rachel reads: “A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.”
I want to start off by saying that this movie is a masterpiece, from the beginning till the end. The story is captivating, the acting of Sam Claflin and Rachel Weisz is top class and the way the story develops keeps its viewers wanting more. Another plus is the way this cinema piece was filmed and the sights it presented. The setting could hardly be more beautiful, with the farmland, woods, and dangerously lovely coast. Care has been taken to recreate the time period and Gothic story, aided by deft direction.
Throughout the narrative, we are presented with information which forces us as viewers to revise constantly one’s view as to whether the eponymous relative is a callous and scheming malevolent or totally misjudged and misunderstood. In a wonderful performance, Weisz enables us to be equally convinced by both interpretations.The film may seem a bit slow to some viewers not patient enough for a sophisticated period drama, but it’s actually well-paced and rich in mystery as well as colorful and charming local details. This lovely, terrific adaptation of Du Maurier’s classic work deserves high praise indeed.
I would highly recommend this film and if I were to rate it I would give it a mark of 8 out 10. My Cousin Rachel is out in cinemas everywhere! If you need more reasons to go and see this film watch below an official trailer: