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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad shades
The stately, almost staccato pace of some of Terence Davies' films can make them difficult to watch; the technique occasionally feels like a none-too-subtle attempt to imbue scenes with an importance they might not otherwise possess. Fortunately, in The Deep Blue Sea, it works extremely well, helping to punctuate the shift between the past and the present, stave off...
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by Dariush Alavi

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3.0 out of 5 stars More of a Shallow Blue Lake
Although I was expecting a brittle and dated unhappy love affair, this remake of Rattigan's play proves quite moving up to a point. Set around 1950, the film starts with the attempted suicide of Hester Collyer, privileged wife of a high court judge who has sacrificed her reputation and material comforts to live in a dreary flat with Freddie, a former wartime pilot...
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by Antenna


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2.0 out of 5 stars Passion always leads to something ugly, 23 Sep 2012
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This review is from: The Deep Blue Sea [2011] [DVD] (DVD)
I can't quite recall how "The Deep Blue Sea" ended up on my Lovefilm rental list.Must have seemed a good idea at the time , but after watching it I must confess that it wasn't really my sort of film. It is set in post war London where a wealthy judge's attractive wife played by Rachel Weisz enters into a passionate affair with an ex RAF pilot , who is younger than her and much more lively and fiery than her older,sober husband with whom she has grown bored. She leaves her husband and moves into a run down rented flat with her lover. However this new life brings new problems that she never faced in her married life with the kindly judge. This film is slow moving and mostly quite dull, despite Weisz's impressive performance.We never really know what led to her suicide attempt which is the turning point in her relationship with the young pilot in a film that doesnt quite run smoothly.I found it hard to identify with and empathise with any of the characters in this period romantic drama. As I said , this film was not my cup of tea and wont live long in the memory. Incidentally Cora Cross from EastEnders makes an appearance as the lovers landlady...
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10 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utterly misconceived, 4 Jan 2012
This review is from: The Deep Blue Sea [2011] [DVD] (DVD)
I haven't seen the DVD, but I have just returned from paying good money to see the film in the cinema. A couple of years ago I saw the play in the theatre, with Greta Scacchi as Hester and it was a compelling experience and many years ago I saw the earlier film on the box. That film doesn't appear to be available on DVD and various reference books don't seem very enthusiastic about it but I can't believe it's as appalling as this. For one thing they don't appear to have able to afford decent lighting, perhaps to emphasies just how grim things were back then and the director seems to have instructed his cast to count to ten before replying to the other characters. The results are frankly grotesque. 'I'm just off to the pub'...........(ten seconds)..........'Will you be long?'.........(ten seconds).......'Maybe some time.' With the exception of Simon Russell Beale the cast doesn't hold a candle to the earlier film where Hester was played by Vivien Leigh (always good at hysterics). Rachel Weisz struck me as much too controlled, I simply couldn't believe that she would have chucked everything up for Freddie, especially when the character was played with such a striking lack of charm as it was here. Kenneth More in the earlier film was superb, shallow, self-centred but charming and dashing making the character and the relationship completely believable. Mr Miller, the slightly sinister 'doctor' who rescues Hester from her suicide attempt, virtually disappears in this adaptation whereas Eric Portman made a considerable impression back in the 50s. The wartime scene in the underground as people shelter from the bombs while an extra sings cockles and mussels (actually, I tell a lie, I think it's Molly Malone) is straight out of a Hollywood depiction of plucky Brits putting a brave face on things and at the end of the film as Hester draws back the curtains to face a new world to a burst of light and a swell of music and the camera draws back to show a woman pushing a battered pram past the house and a milk float delivers the milk and you see the bombsite at the end of the street, well words fail me
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful, 22 Aug 2012
This review is from: The Deep Blue Sea [2011] [DVD] (DVD)
Can't say that I cared for any of the characters in this rather clumsily directed melodrama with its irritating gurning music. The two main characters were fairly loathsome, leaving me wishing that "Hester " had succeeded in her suicide attempt and saved us all the tedium. This may have had something to do with the dreadful acting.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could watch, 2 Dec 2012
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This review is from: The Deep Blue Sea [2011] [DVD] (DVD)
I was so looking forward to seeing this great Rattigan piece with such a stellar cast BUT - NO SUBTITLES!! sad but true in this day and age.
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