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So Evil My Love Blu-ray Review

“So Evil My Love” suffers from too much plot.

Based on a novel and on true events, “So Evil My Love” is a Victorian thriller/film noir that begins on board a sailing vessel headed to Liverpool. On this ship a widow (Olivia) and an ill man (Mark) meet and form a bond. Upon arrival, Mark is invited to stay at her residence and he accepts. What Olivia doesn’t know is that he’s a thief on the run. This is where the real trouble begins. Not only does Olivia begin to fall for Mark, but she finds herself being roped into cozying up with an old school friend of hers (Susan) who is married to a cruel but rich man (Henry) for financial gain. This leads everyone down a path filled with deceit, theft, blackmail, secrets, heartbreak and murder.

Directed by Lewis Allen, “So Evil My Love” is an overlong slow burn movie that has an overabundance of plot. Had the script by Ronald Miller and Leonard Spigelglass undergone some rewrites or cuts, the thriller would have been a much tighter and more intense movie. As is, there’s far too much set-up, plot, subplots. It feels like virtually every character is plotting something here which takes up too much screentime. Had the story focused on the two central characters of Olivia and Mark, it would have been more impactful. The arc of Olivia being conned and corrupted by Mark is the film’s strong suit after all. Once the story gets sidetracked by the Susan and Henry storyline, it veers off course a bit before ultimately coming together in the end.

Performance wise, there’s some top notch acting. Ray Milland shines as the shady Mark while Ann Todd has a lot to work with the character of Olivia. You can argue her character’s downfall is a bit forced, but the character arc itself is layered. Raymond Huntley also makes an impression as the slimy Henry.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.37:1 1080p. How does it look? The 2K master makes this B&W film look super sharp.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Expect a nice clean audio track.

Extras include trailers for “So Evil My Love,” “The Lost Weekend,” “The Paradine Case” and “Desert Fury” and a commentary by film historian Imogen Sara Smith.

March 3, 2021 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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