Title: The Deep Blue Sea
Country: UK, USA
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director/Writer: Terence Davies
based on the novel of Terence Rattigan
Music: Samuel Barber
Cinematography: Florian Hoffmeister
Simon Russell Beale
Another KVIFF screening, from acclaimed UK director Terence Davies, a remake of Terence Rattigan’s play, a previous film version is adapted by Anatole Litvak in 1955, stars Vivien Leigh and Kenneth More.
About the film, a late night screening may be coordinate with the orange hue, with which the film sticks all along the way, but it goes without saying, Terence Davies is more of a visual and artistic conception master-hand than a talented story-teller, the film has maintained a string of irregular narrative hurdles by interrupting the chronicle order and fuses together quite haphazardly, which basically spoils the interweaving dramas which should been employed with otherwise a more determined cause-and-effect method since Rachel Weisz has an Oscar-bait presentation of her devastating flair in it.
The over-stylish sentiment and the monochrome palette can wear anyone out much easier in the slow burn of a tortured love relationship. An interesting comparison with LE SAMOURAI (1967), Melville’s indigo blue palette purely has been proved to be a more welcome shade on the big screen than reddish yellow (as far as endurance is concerned).
The Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston combo doesn’t betray their actual a decade age difference thanks to the elegant Ms. Weiz, who finally gets a golden shot to be tested in a dramatic love story (after her unexpected break-up with Darren Aronofsky), her fragile struggling with this jinxed affaire de coeur has a soulful vitality to buoy up the film per se, a nice stretching of her career orientation, but still the chance for an Oscar nomination looks bleak by virtue of the quality of the film.
Tom Hiddleston has a lesser impact due to the storyline and the platitude depicted in his character (tagged into the corny pretty boy category with immature handsomeness), his personal charisma, nevertheless secures his new lease as a major matinee in both Hollywood and European soil.