Movie Review: Dead Love (2018)

August 28, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Brandon (Grayson Low) is a classic ‘momma’s boy’ sans said momma, ‘cuz her ass is defunct thanks to a suicide. This sends his world into a desperate tailspin, because everything he has found comforting in life has been suddenly, violently, taken away…hell, he can’t even afford a decent funeral for the lady. Enter Fiona (Nicole Elizabeth Olson), who becomes enamored with our hero upon hearing his hard luck case…and wouldn’t you know it, her sister Caterina (Kate Linder), and her husband Lassiter (Bob Buckley) run a funeral pallor! Everyone seems overjoyed that Brandon has arrived in the scene, and are more than ready to accept him as the chosen one to receive the knowledge of their dark secret…but just what is that secret, and how will it effect our hero?
Dead Love is a stylishly shot film, for sure, and Brandon’s near catatonic state as a result of the loss of his beloved mother is believable (at least at first)…but unfortunately, those two strong points are not enough to carry this film or viewer interest for very long…
Brandon is a bit of a one note character…okay, that is an understatement; the dude dug his mom and he can belt out a tune or two…that’s the entirety of what we get in regards to his personality…not a ton to empathize with there is there creeps? So we soon become apathetic to his plight. This weak sauce characterization extends to our supporting cast as well making us not really give a damn about that deep, dank secret mentioned above…which kind of sinks the film, as that shit is kinda the point of the whole affair.
Dead Love is the cinematic equivalent of that ol’ Maxwell Smart quote…”Missed it by that much”…the story starts off with merit, but the choices of character traits and narrative damn the whole affair and make it just “watchable” at best.


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