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The Weight of Water

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We continue our Journalists series with a dip back into Kathryn Bigelow’s body of work. This time, it’s her 2002 film ‘The Weight of Water.’ It didn’t get much praise on its initial release. What did we think of it? Tune in!

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“I thought you were snapping a few photographs, not reopening the whole case.”

We’re not sure how Kathryn Bigelow came to direct the adaptation of Anita Shreve’s book “The Weight of Water” for the big screen, but it feels a bit odd in her body of work. It’s arguably the least masculine film she’s made, and is a mystery told between two time periods, so it feels different for her. But what did we think of it? Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Journalists series with Bigelow’s 2002 film The Weight of Water.

Is there much weight to The Weight of Water?

This is a film we really struggle with. For a mystery film, it doesn’t leave much mystery. And the relationship angle feels sloppy. Why did Bigelow take on this project? Was the book any better? We didn’t connect with the two stories and their lack of actual connection. That being said, the actors largely work.

It’s just a shame they didn’t either focus on the story of the true murders on Smuttynose Island or the story in present day. Dancing between the two of them just doesn’t work.

Regardless, it’s another film checked off our Bigelow filmography, and we’re always happy to do that. So check out the movie if you can track it down and then tune in. The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins!

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