The Deep Blue Sea Reviews
The film has a great story, a great cast but beware it is a very slow film that may put you to sleep.
It starts at the end but then takes us on a sometimes bewildering journey through episodes and decisions that brought her to the tragic conclusion. She's sometimes very hard to like, as it is clear that her decisions are a large part in her unhappiness. Caught between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, she may not have an easy way out, but she certainly doesn't find it.
Alongside Weisz, Tom Hiddlestone and Simon Russell Beale are terrific. And Terence Davies' simple direction never takes over from the material or the performances. The slowness of his camera movements lead the viewer to focus ever more closely, and pay attention to every nuance.
It feels like a long 98 minutes, because every second is loaded and weighty with nuance. Probably not for everyone, but that's their loss.
It's basically a story about the balance of love. Hester can no more give William the love he desires than Freddie can give her.
It makes for a pretty depressing film. Weisz is rather good in the role of Hester, but there isn't much appeal to her character. The only one you give two hoots about is poor Sir William. Tom Hiddleston as Freddie is actually quite unbearable at times. He could do with reeling the scenery chewing moments in.
I imagine it might be better on the stage, but this is far too maudlin a story for my taste.