The Deep Blue
by Tony Medley
Run time 98
OK for children.
Davies attempts to translate Terrence Rattigan's 1952 play about a
misbegotten love triangle into film. Shot as if it were a play, Hestor
(Rachel Weisz) is a 40-year old woman who leaves a life of ease with her
husband, Sir William (Simon Russell Beale), to live with a young ex-RAF
pilot, Freddie (Tom Hiddleston).
apparently showed a lot more of the reasons Hestor and Freddie act the
way they act than Davies' film does. As a result the way they act is
virtually incomprehensible. This boils down to the story of three
people, two of whom love someone who is not worthy of their love. The
film shows Hestor desperately in love with Freddie, but all we see,
except for an early scene of them naked in bed together, is Freddie
treating Hestor despicably. Similarly, Sir William's unrequited love for
Hestor is almost as inexplicable, considering the cold way she
constantly rejects him.
The film needs a
lot more exposition of why Hestor would be so deeply in love with
Freddie. To the ordinary moviegoer her desperate love makes no sense
whatsoever. Instead of exposing how the relationship between Hestor and
Freddie developed, Davies spends enormous amounts of time and scene
after scene after scene of Hestor thinking and looking out the window
and thinking some more and then thinking some more.
tries to get Freddie to come back to her, he always responds that if he
comes back to her she'll just start talking. But we never see her
talking. If Davies had given a couple of scenes of Hestor talking to
Freddie it would show what Freddie was complaining about. But as Davies
shot the movie, the audience doesn't have a clue what he's talking
film starts out showing Hestor hopelessly trapped in a cheerless
marriage with Sir William, who looks to be twice her age, and with Sir
William equally hopelessly cowed by his domineering mother. One wonders
how Hestor lasted as long as she did as Sir William's wife.
apparently intended his play to be a an exploration of how the idea of
love is inexplicable in terms of logic. The problem with the way that
Davies tells the story is that the reason for the love among these three
people is never shown. If one can't understand the basis for the
germination of the love that apparently developed, the rest of the story
makes no sense.
About the only
positive things I can say about this film are that the acting is very
good and the ambience is fittingly depressing. Hestor is an inscrutable
protagonist and the ending is appropriately abstruse.
March 3, 2012