Breath, written and directed by Simon Baker, based on the novel by Tim Winton
Six out of 10
There are quite a few endearing aspects in this motion picture that has been acclaimed by serious critics – the average rating, the Metascore stands at an impressive 71- while the public gave it an equally appreciative 7 out of 10.
Alas, the under signed has seen little to make this film memorable, even if it is watchable and could be seen as mildly entertaining.
While the actors portraying the young protagonists are very talented, the adult artists, although surely gifted, can come across as artificial, melodramatic, especially in the case of Elizabeth Debicki aka Eva.
This viewer has had the same uncomfortable feeling when watching The Night Manager, a series where the actress also has a leading role, but the same over the top, cabotinage seems to be on display.
Evidently, it is much more likely that the undersigned is dead wrong and those who have appreciated Elizabeth Debicki and Breath have been able to see the merits, surely considerable of the acting and the film.
The ocean is resplendent, glorious, even when or especially if it is furious, in a film where those who love surfing can find more – or something? – to love.
The affair involving Eva and one of the teenagers can be intriguing, challenging, perhaps even thought provoking, testing the boundaries, but again, it did not find much positive echo here.