Release Date: April 16th 2012
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Rachel Weisz , Daniel Craig
Running Time: 88mins
It’s the film where the couples romance supposedly began that lead to that oh so quick marraige which seems rather blissful, sadly this film isn’t. All of the obviously and necessary ingredients are there but they’re not quite mixed right.
Will and Libby Atenton (Craig and Weisz) are a happy couple who have recently moved to their dream house (yes, the one of the title) and live with their two young daughters, Will has recently retired from the troublesome and time consuming world of publishing in order to write and publish is own novel and Libby is essentially Sarah Benny and does nothing but decorate.
It’s pretty slow paced, even when the scares do drop in and director Jim Sheridan seems unsure of how to handle the material, known more for his response and portrayal of drama that the physiological powers that be, in parts it just feels unhinged.
There’s not much action, it’s all a bit mundane and as far as the genre goes it’s not really a ground-breaking addition but if you’re in need of a DVD of an evening to half-pay attention to whilst eating then this could work. Craig does the non-action man part quite well though as we see his vulnerable side, it’s just a shame that the twist is revealed a bit too early.
A couple of featurettes about the making of the film, one that gives away the plot – so not that you would, but don’t watch these first as well as a mini-doc about the assembling of the cast.
Dream House is out on Blu-ray(tm) Triple Play, DVD and Digital Download on 16 April