Rachel Weisz. Beautiful. Good actress. Oscar winner. Married to James Bond. Star of The Deep Blue Sea, one of the most boring movies I've seen in a long time.
In The Terence Davies period drama, Weisz plays Hester Collyer, the wife of an older British judge who begins a torrid love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot. The affair subsequently tears her life apart.
What women will do for sex.
The Deep Blue Sea drags from one scene to the next without any consideration for the audience's attention span. Weisz cries, complains and loves through each moment, her troubled character as relatable as a corpse. Composer Samuel Barber tries to overcome the film's flaws with a powerful score, but the music's overwhelming and distracting weight simply calls to attention how bland the rest of the movie is.
The romance featured within lacks sparks, and Davies does little to show the audience why Hester fell head over heels in love with Freddie (played with little enthusiasm by Tom Hiddleston). The vintage sex scene in the film also falls flat, the camera revolving around Weisz and Hiddleston as they embrace each other in the nude while putting on full display not their bobbly bits but their lack of interest in one another.
There's nothing worse than a romantic drama without a gripping romance.
Before you say Rachel Weisz usually picks good projects, it should be noted that the actress hasn't been in a good movie in years. She did a good job in The Bourne Legacy, but the movie was underwhelming. She has also recently starred in the awful Dream House, the lackluster The Whistleblower and the massive critical disappointment The Lovely Bones.
But The Deep Blue Sea is the only movie of the bunch that will make you want to drown yourself.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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