Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The Weight Of Water (2000) - A Movie Review.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

The Weight Of Water (2000)

A photographer investigates the brutal murder of two women in 1873

Starring Sean Penn, Sarah Polley, Catherine McCormack, Elizabeth Hurley, 

Ciaran Hinds and Josh Lucas.

Written by Alice Arlen ( Screenplay ) , Christopher Kyle ( Screenplay ) and Anita Shreve (Novel).

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

I have no problem with any of the acting performances and this isn't a bad movie by any length of rope and it just about kept my interest all the way.

The problem lies in the two so called parallel stories. On the one hand you have a fascinating story set in 1837 based around the controversial murders of two young women. And on the other hand you have a rather bland story of a group of family friends on a boat trip. The former could have well done without the latter.

I don't think the latter story was interesting or strong enough to be used in this way. I'm sure this would have been a much better movie if we had just had the story about the murders on it's own. That story was gripping and wonderfully acted by everyone concerned.

I haven't read the actual novel but I'm guessing it's probably better than the movie.

A generous 7/10.

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