My Cousin Rachel

My Cousin Rachel

Roger Michell (2017)

101min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Rachel Weisz's eponymous widow remains inscrutable behind her dark veil in this gothic melodrama set in 19th-century England. It's based on a Daphne du Maurier novel, but this is no Rebecca. The good news for director Roger Michell is that the 1952 Hollywood version (with Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton) was no classic either, so it doesn't pale in comparison. Sam Claflin is dashing and dynamic as the young gent who inherits a country pile from his cousin but suspects he's been murdered by his Italian wife, Rachel. But as soon as the lady wafts into the house, he's smitten and the game is figuring out whether she is only seducing him for the estate or if her affection is genuine. Weisz is suitably enigmatic but the onus is on Claflin to keep us engaged despite his character's staggering naivety. It's a greater burden because Michell's direction is staid and surprisingly prim with few sparks generated between the couple. Holliday Grainger brings gentle warmth as the sensitive yet steadfast girl that our lovestruck hero should be courting and Iain Glen, as her father and executor of the estate, is a reliably solid presence. If it doesn't quite smoulder as it should, Claflin's brooding performance, along with the sterling support, at least helps to envelop you in the mystery.

Summary

Having sworn revenge against his relative's widow, a young Englishman finds his plans soon change after they finally meet. Drama based on the Daphne Du Maurier novel, starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin and Holliday Grainger.

Cast & Crew

Rachel Ashley Rachel Weisz
Philip D Ashley / Ambrose Ashley Sam Claflin
Louise Kendall Holliday Grainger
Nick Kendall Iain Glen
Enrico Rainaldi Pierfrancesco Favino
Couch Simon Russell Beale
Mrs Pascoe Vicki Pepperdine
Mary Pascoe Poppy Lee Friar
Belinda Pascoe Katherine Pearce
Director Roger Michell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: 20th Century FoxGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Jun 2017
Drama