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January 30, 2019

Movie Review: Dead Love (2018)

Let’s see if I can continue riding the luck train, and this second screener I got doesn’t suck ass.

Dead Love opens with Brandon losing his mother. For some reason she commits suicide, and Brandon is left to pick up the pieces. When having to deal with funeral arrangements, the woman who runs Pine Meadow funeral home, Cat, invites him to dinner in exchange for the cost of the casket. She claims it’s because he’s a local and everyone there is like family, but the truth is her sister, Fiona, wants him.

Thus begins the courtship of Brandon and Fiona. And like all good, stable relationships, Fiona keeps a lot of secrets, and doesn’t reveal the whole truth of who she and her family are until she’s desperate - for what, I can’t tell you, but trust me, it’s a doozie.

Does Brandon love her enough to overlook the lies?

I kinda wish I could give you more details, but I don’t want to spoil the big reveal. And I’m a bit conflicted about whether or not I actually like this flick. On one hand, most of the acting is decent, the cinematography looks good, and I really enjoyed the ending. On the other hand, some cinematography borders on art film (and you all know my feelings about *fucking* art films,) TONS of exposition make this too slow of a burn, and it almost seems parts of the film were written just so the actors playing Fiona and Brandon could showcase their musical talents (like nearly every Streisand and Midler movie EVAR.)

The story was intriguing enough to keep me interested, though I find the ‘recipe’ a little too simplistic. I mean, if it really was that easy, I think more people would have utilized it, and the world would be crawling with....well, never mind. You have to watch the film to understand.

If I squeeze hard enough, maybe I'll get a diamond...

The whole film is carried by four characters, and like I said earlier, most of the acting is decent. Bob Buckley, who plays Lassiter, is probably the best of the group. His story was the most intriguing, and the most confusing until the reveal, so I wanted to know what the hell was going on. Grayson Low and Nicole Olson, Brandon and Fiona respectively, sat on opposite ends of the emoting spectrum. Grayson was too wooden and unemotional, and Nicole was a bit over the top. Kind of like the yin and yang of annoying traits. But they can sing and play guitar, which has nothing to do with the story but whatevs. Kate Linder, as Cat, was the least memorable.

The ending, though, was a good gut punch. Not necessarily sad or heartbreaking, but I think it’s exactly what Nicole deserves, as  she does something against Brandon’s will, only because she’s so self-absorbed with her own problems.

My resting bitch face is better than your resting bitch face. Bitch.

I suppose, over all, is was an average independent film. Not great, but certainly not terrible. If you like slow burns and buried secrets, this is for you.

2 hatchets (out of 5)

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