The Edge of Love

Bomb Rating: 

The Edge of Love is like a soap opera without the glamour. Set during World War 2, it takes place in that lethargic heyday where men beat their woman because of post traumatic stress disorder, and women slept with the town veterinarian because their husbands were in Europe fighting Hitler. 

The story begins with Vera Phillips (Keira Knightley) singing on stage while London is being bombed to hell by the Germans. I admit it was a surprise hearing her sing, an emotion soon eclipsed by the fact that she sounded like Betty Boop or Marilyn Monroe when she sang happy birthday Mr. President to JFK. It was about this time my eyes started to sag, like someone had stuffed cotton wool into my head.  

The plot essentially comes down to pretty people swapping sexual tension and lusty glowers.  Honestly, I would have gotten more satisfaction watching a bargain bin porn flick, and that includes intellecual satisfaction.  It certainly would have been less depressing. 

Pretty Vera is in love with pudgy poet Dylan Thomas (Matthew Rhys) unfortunately he is married to saucy Caitlin MacNamara (Sienna Miller). Pretty Vera ends up marrying strapping William Killick (Cillian Murphy). Pudgy Dylan loves both saucy Caitlin and pretty Vera. Strapping Killick goes off to war and experiences horrors that include people dying, limbs being cut off and wide-eyed terror. They all sleep with each other and their lives are miserable because of it. Everything turns out alright in the end though, because Vera stays with wife beater Killick and Caitlin stays with cheating husband Dylan.  

If you can stay awake long enough to make sense of all that you deserve an accolade handed to you by the Welsh government. The first half of the movie limps by in a haze of convoluted dialogue that I attribute to Dylan Thomas’ poetry. "How the ducks fly past the posies weighed down by the graying morning ramble," or similar kinds of senseless shit. Throw the braying Welsh accent into the mix and all you’re left with is half the cast of people bleating like naked sheep and the other half Waaa Waaa Waaaing like Charlie Brown’s faceless parents.  

The Edge of Love may sound like a sex fest on the surface, but it's about as erotic as your grandmother's foot.  Close up shots of hands are the most interesting bits you’ll see and dodgy faded split screens where there are two Keira Knightley faces kissing instead of one. Sorry, but there's only one anatomical part I'd like to see two of in a movie like this, and it's definitely not anything above the neck.

And this film just reeks of filth.  Constant Grime on the streets, dirty babies and sweaty hair had me panting for a shower as soon as it was done, which was not near soon enough. It would not end. I could’ve taken a pilgrimage to Wales, slept with everyone, fought in the bloody war myself and come back, and that damn movie would still be spouting nonsense.  

I have gained three things from watching this film, the first is a deep prejudice against Dylan Thomas’ poetry, the second a hatred for Welsh people because of how they used to live in the early nineties, and third a blood clot near my cerebellum inflicted upon my person by the cross eyed love scenes, ridiculous dialogue and bland storyline. Don’t go see The Edge of Love. There is such a thing as too much drama, and in today’s choppy world of trouble and pandemonium, who the hell wants to remember the problems of yesterday? Take the cash for the movie ticket and treat yourself to something less painful, like a nice bikini wax or a stimulating root canal. 


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Make that pic the new caption contest

nickumoh's picture

or the pic for Watchmen. Yeah, use the Watchmen pic please. I'm already thinking of funny captions for that pic.

From your friendly neighborhood Caption Contest junkie.

This movie has a pretty deep cast. I haven't seen Cillian Murphy since Sunshine.

...what...what were talking about again?

Time for a Dylan Thomas poem

FearlessFreep's picture

And Death Shall Have No Dominion
   And death shall have no dominion.
Dead mean naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan't crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion. 


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