Movie Review: The Cruelest of Summers

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March 19, 2014 by Welcome to the Jungle

cruel intentionsA judgment of Cruel Intentions
By Kristen T.

Cruel Intentions
Director: Roger Kumble
Year: 1999

A story of teenage romance, lust, and drugs in the Hamptons and Manhattan.
Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) makes a bet with her step-brother, Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) who is prestigious playboy, that he cannot seduce the beautiful virgin Annette (Reese Witherspoon) by the end of the summer. If he loses Kathryn get his prized Jaguar car and if she loses he gets Kathryn. The movies is set in the 1900’s and revolve in the aristocracy of Manhattan’s wealthiest. The director of this movie Roger Kumble who has produced movies such as; “ The sweetest thing”, “ Just Friends ”, “Pretty Little Liars”. The movie is not a disappointment is filled with interesting character development, while still remaining funny.
Two of the main characters I have already previously seen in many movies and TV shows. Sarah Michelle Gellar was the main character on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Reese Witherspoon was in many movies including legally blonde. My favorite scene is when Sebastian and Annette first met and they face off and make snips at each other. I think it has impact because it shows teenagers as they are and as they do when they have difference between them.
I think the director doesn’t has a personal touch that he incorporates. They lighting was good and they music was alright but I wouldn’t call it good. It was a decently filmed movie but there wasn’t any real genius to it.
It was a very simple movie that didn’t have any SFX and most the transitions were back and forth cuts. No fades to black or anything very simple, which contrast well with a complex story. The soundtracks was very normal but there was a scene where Sebastian plays “Say that you love me” song when she hates him.
It was a fairly good movie but I wouldn’t good and see in theaters, and would probably watch it online. I liked the story but the presentation was lacking, I think that they could have brought more depth the characters and better shooting to the scene, but for their time period and accessibility to technology they did very good.
 Kristen T. is a  self-proclaimed movie addict.


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