Directed by: Terence Davies
Written by: Terence Davies, Terence Rattigan
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston and Simon Russell Beale
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3/5
Hester (Rachel Weisz) is unhappily married to an older man, and happily having an affair with a younger one. She’s not too happy though, as within moments of the film’s opening she’s trying to commit suicide.
From the vague placer of, ‘London, around 1950,’ to the odd circular camera sex scene and absence of warmth, The Deep Blue Sea lacks an inspiring beginning.
However it does pick up thereafter, as we begin to see into Hester’s life. Her husband Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale) is a well-respected judge. He is kind, but passionless, emotionally unavailable, and has a pain in the bum mother to boot. Hester easily falls for the youth, beauty, and fire in former air force pilot, Freddie (Tom Hiddleston). But all the lust in the world can’t keep reality from settling in, and Hester has a hard time adapting to the turbulent sea called love.
The story is adapted from Terence Rattigan’s 1952 play of the same name. Director Terence Davies’s adaptation is well filmed and casted, the music is lovely, and if you don’t mind subtle, slow-paced dramas and the odd flashback, it’s an interesting film. Dialogue is sparse, allowing you to wait in the room with the actors to see what emotions play across their face. This is great if you appreciate subtleties, but will drive you nuts if not.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced drama move on, but if you’re seeking a melodrama for a cold winter night, The Deep Blue Sea might be your cup of tea.
Help Hester navigate the turning tides of love in The Deep Blue Sea. Now on DVD (RRP $34.95).
Category: Film & TV