Deep Water has attracted some consideration for 2 causes: initially, as a result of it was the primary movie in 20 years from director Adrian Lyne, who made his bones with a number of sexually charged thrillers just like the basic Deadly Attraction and the not-as-esteemed 9 ½ Weeks, Indecent Proposal, and Untrue (his final movie earlier than this, made in 2002). Then Deep Water acquired into tabloid territory when phrase acquired out that stars Affleck and de Armas had begun investigating one another in actual life, and never like personal detectives.
In the event you’re in search of any indicators of warmth or sparks onscreen from the now-defunct Benana relationship, Deep Water will allow you to down: the pair solely share one temporary intercourse scene that’s nearly over earlier than it begins. When Vic will not be doing his personal factor, hanging out together with his mates, or doting on his little daughter Trixie (the lovely Grace Jenkins, the movie’s one shiny spot), he spends a lot of his time staring morosely at Melinda as she both eye-fucks or wraps herself round her numerous conquests, normally in the midst of a packed ceremonial dinner or city occasion.
That’s what could have you staring morosely at your TV as you battle to maintain your eyes open: like a piano participant who solely is aware of one tune, Deep Water’s first two thirds are an countless chorus as Vic watches Melinda with one lover after one other, whilst you begin to surprise what the hell is mistaken with him.
Even when the plot takes a flip within the latter third of the film, it’s too late. Lyne appears to have misplaced any expertise he had for producing suspense or pressure, sexual or in any other case. These listless snails that Vic raises in a shed in his yard are pretty much as good a metaphor for this film as any, crawling with painful sluggishness throughout Vic’s fingers and never going wherever particularly.
The actors appear misplaced as properly, and the 2 leads are worse than that: they’re miscast. Regardless of plenty of folks saying that Vic is “bizarre” or “not a standard particular person,” Affleck does little to alter his primary blue collar persona, and the character simply appears inert slightly than seething with the internal rage we think about he’d possess. He’s in such sluggish gear that when such habits does start to present itself, it’s jarring and never plausible.
As for de Armas, she’s acquired the seems to be to tug off a femme fatale, however her Melinda is all around the map, presenting as an unstable madwoman as an alternative of, maybe, the bored spouse of a wealthy man who’s in search of some form of ardour in her life (we now have to assume, not having learn the ebook, that that is extra of what Highsmith had in thoughts). No matter course she acquired from Lyne, it despatched her down the mistaken path.