THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Mongrel, 2011) D: Terence Davies, w/ Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston. Rating: NNNN; Blu-ray package: NNNN Rating: NNNN
The Deep Blue Sea uses a simple drama of adultery to take a serious look at the nature of love and the conflict between passion and propriety.
A judge's wife leaves her passionless marriage for a younger RAF pilot. Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, the pilot, and Simon Russell Beale, the judge, bring them to life with complex undercurrents and deep feeling.
Director Terence Davies opens up Terence Rattigan's 1952 play with swirling motion and clouds of memory and sets his cast against pools of warm light, deep shadow and muted colours to enhance the intimacy and tension in the 1950 London setting.
He talks about this during his insightful half-hour lecture in the extras, and also covers acting and adapting the play to the screen. He's less forthcoming on the commentary, where he gushes over bits he likes. It's an endearing quality, but only in small doses.
EXTRAS Commentary, Davies master class, Weisz and Hiddleston interviews, making-of doc. English audio and subtitles.