Deep Water is available exclusively from March 18 on Hulu.
As advertised, Deep Water is expected to be a super sexy adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name, starring the one-time real-time couple of Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas, directed by such a master, Adrian Lynne (Fatal Attraction). What that medley of talents manages to conjure up is a bewildering tale of conscious torture between two people who loathe each other for largely mysterious reasons. And not mysterious in the thriller’s gripping and moody way, but more like the inscrutable “what exactly is their problem and why should we care?” Street.
Melinda (de Armas) and Vic (Affleck) are the married couple in question and it is clear from the start that they have widespread problems. On the surface, they are living an opulent life in an architecturally baffling home in New Orleans with their delightful precocious preschool girl, Trixie (Grace Jenkins). She’s a caring dad, but a charmless loser. And Melinda is the opposite of her from Myers / Briggs, flitting barefoot around their house, wearing an endless array of tight black dresses clearly intended to bury the fact that she never dated a little girl. Outside of their idle natures, Vic also tends to a basement full of snails – I don’t fool you – at which he smiles with longing as if they are his real match in his life.