A portrait of: Obsession, Competition and, finally, Delusion, Deep Water is a haunting, engrossing, and ultimately one of the best movies of the year (For Me).
An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1957 novel of the same name and directed by Adrian Lyne (Fatal Attraction), Deep Water carefully blends Neo-Noir elements that were made famous in movies like: Strangers on a Train, and Gaslight, mixed with a hint of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? and a Dash of Fatal Attraction.
In addition to Deep Water, and Strangers On A Train Highsmith also penned The Talented Mr. Ripley, and CAROL ALL of which have been turned into silver screen live-actions, cementing her literary accomplishments, buoyed by the fact that she was a lesbian while simultaneously being marred by the fact that she was a racist.
Good Grief, it is rumored that Jennifer Lopez doesn’t want to watch her new Hubby (Ben AFFLECK) in the role of Victor Van Allen, because of the off-screen romance he had with Ana de Armas and frankly who would blame JLo? Seeing how Armas was absolutely riveting as the sexy and extraordinarily beautiful, and seductive Melinda van Allen, Vic’s wife,a temptress who openly flaunts her paramours around her husband with deadly consequences.
One reviewer wrote that he watched the movie 7 Times! Maybe that’s because you can’t take your eyes off of de Armas, and want to keep watching her performance as Melinda Van Allen.
Look folks, at 51 years old Jennifer Lopez is rocking a body that many of us would figuratively sell our souls to possess. But, C’Mon! Let’s be REAL, Ana de Armas was only 33 (Or so Hollywood claims) when filming this movie, so she has that Nubile Essence that youth offers which invariably dissipates (Unless maintained through a strict regimen of exercise and healthy living0) as time goes on.
But, here’s the ‘THING’ (Isn’t it always something?)
Affleck plays Vic Van Allen, a very well-to-do husband who allows(?) his wife the sultry and beautiful Melinda Van Allen (de Armas) to have affairs in order to stave off a divorce.
Then Vic becomes a prime suspect in the disappearances of Melinda’s lovers. But it’s their friends or (nosy neighbors or whoever this crowd of upwa5rdly mobile and trendy people are), and particularly one nosy A/F NEW acquaintance who pokes his nose into something that he should have steered clear of that leads to the suspense.
It’s all fun and games until a house-party is ruined by the appearance of a body floating in the pool.
Vic Van Allen absolutely seethes as he watches his wife Melinda with another one of her ‘Friends’.
De Armas slinks into the role of Melinda role so naturally and comfortably one might think that this could be her breakout performance, if she hadn’t already had numerous ‘Break-out’ performances.
There’s plenty of sex to go around and Armas does not shy away from semi-nudity, but MORE importantly it’s the nuanced gestures that de Arms deploys that make it appear like she is not acting, but emodiying the character of Melinda Van Allen, and as I wrote above I know why that other viewer re-watched the movie so many times. You can’t keep your eyes off of her, and I see why.
Melinda Van Allen isn’t flaunting her lovers in Vic’s face to torment him as much as trying to elicit some sort of reaction from him to demonstrate a deeper meaning (?) it’s analogous to raising a teen and how teens need structure and boundaries.
But, Vic gives Melinda all the freedom she desires and she continues to cross boundaries in the belief that Vic doesn’t care what she does, because he doesn’t want a divorce, or maybe it’s because she thinks that Vic won’t do anything about her affairs. It’s a game of one-upsmanship until one of the competitors folds.
It isn’t until the Final Push and Denouement that viewers finally get a true glimpse of just how far Melinda will go to keep Vic, great second reversal.
No judgement of others (But I am judging) who put-down Deep Water, it’s just knowing that so many film goers today are programmed to expect the same rubbish In movies, an example being the ruined Star Wars latest movies.
Thankfully there still exist viewers are like me, who take life and movies a bit more seriously than laser beams and explosions because we accompany a sense of modified reality to our sense of disbelief when watching movies which blossoms into an expanded consciousness, that leads to an awareness level, that is absolutely appreciative of a good narrative.