Really, is a birthday slight worth attempted suicide? Watch 'The Deep Blue Sea'

Really, is a birthday slight worth attempted suicide? Watch 'The Deep Blue Sea'

Steve Salles, Standard-Examiner movie critic - April 20th, 2012
2 stars

Based on a British play from the 1950s, “The Deep Blue Sea” doesn’t translate as well to the big screen as perhaps it does on the stage.

It’s the story of Hester (Rachel Weisz), a married woman who attempts suicide after her boyfriend forgets her birthday. Yeah, I was a bit surprised at that, too.

Hester has left the comfort of a stable marriage with a boring, older man for one that is filled with passionate love with the dashing bachelor, Freddie (Tom Hiddleston).

The film starts with her taking a bunch of pills and falling asleep in front of a flameless gas fireplace, both aimed at ending her life. An alert landlady sniffs the gas, calls for her husband and Hester is slapped back into consciousness.

But Hester has written Freddie a dramatic suicide note that, not surprisingly, freaks him out to the point where he considers leaving her.

The rest of the film is filled with apologies, pleadings, the wringing of hands, shouting, heavy drinking in London’s happiest pub and the staring out of windows while puffing on cigarettes.

It’s such a bizarre premise, aptly filled with decent acting, but it’s pretty tough to get past the fact that this seemingly cool and calm Hester would devise this ultimate exit strategy over a birthday slight.

No sale. And I have no idea why its early love scene garnered an R rating. I’ve seen steamier moments on daytime soaps.

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