Moll Flanders (1996)
Review by Trent Russi
is the story of a young woman (Robin Wright (Penn)) as she lives through various degrees of poverty (both monetary and ethically) in 18th-century England. The story is heard through the hears of her orphaned daughter, and told by one of Moll's few trusted friends (played by Morgan Freeman).
This film was... well.... Meh. There wasn't anything particularly bad about it. Nor was there anything particularly good. The plot floated along with various awful things happening to the heroine. She made various friends and enemies along the way. But in the end I was thinking to myself, who cares. I believe I really never made a connection to the characters. Somehow I couldn't relate in any particular fashion. This could be very possibly due to my being male. I couldn't connect with Moll, or her attitudes and aspirations. However, the film is based on a novel of the same name by Daniel DeFoe. Maybe it was a period piece in a time and place so unlike anything I know, and there was nothing historical about it, so I couldn't really orient myself to the way life was for people in this place. Was Moll's experience atypical? I don't know. All-in-all, it was an okay film, but nothing to get excited about.