Movie Review – My Cousin Rachel (2017)

My Cousin Rachel, 2017.

Directed by Roger Michell.

Starring Rachel Weisz, Sam Claflin, Iain Glen, Holliday Grainger, and Tim Barlow.


A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.

Reimagining the 1951 adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel is no easy challenge, but with Roger Michell’s solid direction and a terrific performance from Rachel Weisz, it’s a tense and unusual thriller with many new themes embraced.

Philip (Claflin) is a naïve and immature young man who’s not particularly aware of women and the wider world. Raised by his cousin Ambrose (also played by Claflin in a nice piece of symmetry), Philip is dismayed to learn of his guardian’s passing and he begins to plot revenge on his new cousin Rachel
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Retrospective: BBC Books’ The Banquo Legacy

Simon Danes is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

My great claim to fame is my connection to Justin Richards. Back in 1980, I co-edited a fanzine called Fendahl. We once ran a charity raffle; John Nathan-Turner generously sent us a box of stuff that had been used on TV, including Tyssan’s nylon rope: as you watch the story, you will see Tim Barlow...

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Doctor Who complete reviews: Destiny Of The Daleks

After the 26-episode story arc of The Key To Time, things get free and easy for season 17, a season that’s paradoxically had something of a turbulent press.

On the production front alone, six stories are whittled down to five, as the dreaded strike action kicks in for the season finale. Behind the scenes, the main man Tom Baker is starting to rule the roost, allegedly booming at Graham Williams, who himself is plagued by last-minute script rewrites, cost problems and directors going Awol.

No wonder the behind-the-scenes friction shows in some of the final results. Season 17 has not had the best press from fans, who have taken brickbats to some of the stories for being too lightweight and flippant or shoddily made. However, the dust has settled, as fans have recently started to reappraise the season. Looking at the stories again, the season contains a frustrating mix of genius and ineptitude.
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