A dark and layered romance, MY COUSIN RACHEL tells the story of a young Englishman who plots revenge against his mysterious and beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. His feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling helplessly and obsessively in love with her.
What We Thought:
My Cousin Rachel is also a head scratcher. I don’t know if I understood the film whatsoever. I have more questions after seeing it than I did beforehand.
The film is dark, but it’s not horror or even gothic. By the end you aren’t sure if anyone is the bad guy or if it’s all made up. That’s my issue with the film, is Rachel Weisz the murdering femme fatale or did Sam Claflin’s character make it all up?
Claflin plays a sheltered young man who hasn’t experienced love or women. He first believes Rachel (Weisz) murdered his former guardian. He invites her to stay with him since the house should be hers in the first place since his guardian passed. He then falls for her and isn’t sure if she is a murdering temptress.
And at the end I still didn’t know! She seemed to have a partner in it, but they explain why he was there. Holliday Grainger’s character doesn’t seem to do much either. She’s in love with Claflin’s character, but she seems to flip flop on whether or not Rachel is bad or if Claflin is insane.
I want a really good gothic horror film. Crimson Peak should have been it, but it was not. My Cousin Rachel could have been it, but all the questions confuse me. Weisz is always good. Iain Glen is also a personal favorite, but none of them can really save the film from being something I just didn’t understand.
Cast & Crew:
- Rachel Weisz
- Sam Claflin
- Iain Glen
Recommended If You Like:
- Crimson Peak
- Rachel Weisz