About The Deep Blue Sea
Sunday 27th November 2011
You know the feeling of enduring a bad experience when every second feels painful; and every minute is excruciating? Sometimes this happens to me in the theatre; rarely in the cinema. Maybe I’m just lucky. Perhaps. But yesterday my luck ran out. I watched Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea, his new adaptation of the Terence Rattigan play. It is an abysmal film, truly dreadful, absolutely dire. His extra plotting is nonsensical, the storytelling incompetent, the evocation of 1950s working-class life sentimental, and the acting a masterclass of awkward, stilted and charmless performance. Oh, and the musical soundtrack is utterly unbearable. So I nominate this ghastly charade as the worst film of the year.