‘Cruel Intentions’ is a misunderstood piece of cinema. Most viewers have been appalled by its immoral lecherous presentation, or by the incestuous reprobates that are Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe) and Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Their woven spider web of a plot with malicious intent bothered many. It clearly gets under people’s skin, which is a true testament to it being a great film.
Containing all the ingredients of a cult classic, and much better than it was initially received, this film deals in manipulation; the manipulation of the morally intact by the attractive, cruel duo.
It mixes the brilliance of Jane Austen esque well-mannered classiness and blends it with narcissistic blade-sharpened dialogue. Ill-will is alive and out for blood in this film.
Masterfully adapted from the novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” by Choderlos De Laclos, it sadly proves that the film is not 100 percent original. Then again, very few things are anymore. The script still has a lot of bite and it all feels very well done. Though the film is not without weakness: mostly from the audio and its occasional cheesiness.
‘Cruel Intentions’ awakens the dark side of intentions, and breathes fire into good-natured sexuality. Directed by Roger Kumble, he aced this project; warm professional regards to his future.
Fantastic character progression throughout the whole film (especially with Sebastian), a great adapted script, a strong cast, and good cinematography make this fairly great movie as strong as it is. The film also possesses a rare characteristic: a riveting goose-bump inflicting ending.
Maliciously evil types can be so vulnerable in progressing towards being a better person in films. That’s because people are not truly black and white, our scope is not so easily defined.