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The pace is sooo slooowww and a few iconic lines are missing ...
on 5 October 2014
I know I am minority here and being harsh (despite the just- about -satisfactory- acting- of- Colin Firth) but the delivery in this 1990 adaptation is somewhat poor compared to the earlier version : "Dangerous Liaisons". You cannot beat John Malkovich - you can literally see the MASK (that meant to conceal his sociopathic disorder) keep falling on and off ! (His body language and the way he turns on and off the superficial charm - should be taught to clinical psychologists !)
Valmont here doesn't even come across as a pathological narcissist -Colin Firth is just too-nice and timid for this role ... (Mind you -only 6 yrs later he took on the iconic role of Mr Darcy -1996 ... so as an upcoming actor he had 6 yrs to toughen up...)
Oh well - I still recommend it - just make sure that you have your coffee/tea & a ready meal next to you as the film is long and the pace is very slow ...
Also - I am not sure about how they altered the lines - a few iconic lines are missing + the ending is different (I will not spoil it ...).
I felt very motivated and ordered the original Novel : Les Liaisons Dangereuses by the Choderlos de Laclos (story set in the decadent late 18th century of France ) and after reading it will see which director is economical with the truth!