Based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant, Bel Ami
is supposed to be a sultry and exciting tale of lust and ambition, set against the lush backdrop of 1890s Paris -- all with subtle commentary on the era’s social mores and class warfare brewing just beneath the surface. But that’s not exactly what materializes onscreen. What you end up getting out of Bel Ami
is a one-dimensional take on a multidimensional story -- and the dimension that’s singled out isn’t always particularly enjoyable.
The story revolves around Georges Duroy (Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson), a charming but shrewd young newspaper columnist who never got over his impove...