Looking back on this movie, it holds up really well. It may have been deemed mediocre in 1999, but in 2014 it’s better than many similar films we get nowadays. It narrates itself well through a plot which is, in fact, quite intricate and could have been complicated if executed incorrectly. Fortunately, it moves briskly along the plot points and never leaves us confused or anxious.
The only criticism I have with this film is the speed at which Sebastian and Annette fall in love with each other. It’s almost too quick to be believable. It’s not obvious, but for the over analyzer, like myself, it seems odd. Nonetheless, you can’t get mad at this movie because of its alacrity–otherwise it would have been likely to be weighed down by unnecessary scenes. The ending was a little too “big” for the tone of the film, but I didn’t hate it. You want to see Kathryn get what’s coming to her, and she does. However, it would have been more effective and believable if it turned out that Sebastian was really alive in the end, driving away with Annette.
The acting is impressive and it’s fun to look at. Cruel Intentions lives up to its name in the best way possible.