Review: ‘Rebecca’ is a sumptuous romantic thriller and a great new adaptation

Armie Hammer and Lily James / Rebecca

“I don’t believe in ghosts.” This is the defiant declaration by the future Mrs de Winter as she heads toward her new life. She came to Monte Carlo as a ladies maid and is leaving as the future wife of a wealthy landowner, and her lady has warned her that she will be haunted by the ghost of her fiancés’ first wife. Ghost aren’t real in the literal sense but what she doesn’t realize is that we can be haunted by the departed none the less.

Rebecca is a new adaptation of the classic novel by Daphne du Maurier, which follows a young woman, after she spends a whirlwind summer with her handsome suitor, settling into her new life as Mrs De Winter, the lady of a large estate in 1930s England. While her summer was idyllic her new life quickly turns into something else as the memory of her husband’s first wife permeates every aspect of her new life.

Each day that passes the remembrance by all those around her –new friends, new family, and new staff– haunts her further and drives her slowly toward madness. Is that haunting simply because she was larger than life, or is it something more insidious?

The answer, of course, is something you’ll have to watch the movie to find out and that, dear reader, is something I recommend you do.

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Awesome: Only God Forgives Character Posters

Only God Forgives

Apparently it’s Poster Day here at Awesome Friday.

One of the films we’re maybe most looking forward to this summer is Only God Forgives which sees Ryan Gosling reunite with Nicholas Winding Refn for a story of vengeance in Thailand. Here are posters for each of the three main characters, [thanks to TwitchFilm](

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Two New Trailers for Only God Forgives Make Kristin Scott Thomas Look Scary

Only God Forgives

There are two new trailers for Nicolas Winding Refn’s upcoming Only God Forgives. Both of them are international, both of them are NSFW due to language and violence and nakedness, both of them tell us a little more plot and both of them make Kristin Scott Thomas looks _fucking scary_.

Watch after the jump!

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Only God Forgives Trailer is Awesome

Only God Forgives

If you’ve ever paid attention to us you know that [Drive]( was our favourite film of 2011. Director Nicholas Winding Refn and star Ryan Gosling have re-teamed for Only God Forgives, a movie set in Thailand about a fight.

Holy moly does this look like it might be amazing. Refn is great at creating a certain mood in his films and Gosling is a hell of an actor, throw in a little Kristen Scott Thomas and this looks like it might be one of the years best.

For some reason this isn’t on my [most anticipated list]( even though I totally knew it was coming out this year. WTF is wrong with me? Consider it added to the list.