Womb on a Second Viewing

In which following a flu-induced arthouse marathon, Her Ladyship finds her creative bossiness augmented by illness and decides to tell the cast and crew of Womb what they should have done rather than praise what they actually did do.

1.Cut out the beginning about when Tommy and Rebecca are kids. The goal of this part is evidently to establish the depth of connection between the two protagonists. It’s cute, but doesn’t succeed in this goal: the child actors aren’t powerful enough. The producers should have got hold of Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright before HBO got their infinitely more awesome claws into them.

2.Use the extra time afforded by point 1 to give Eva Green and Matt Smith more time together in the first act to adequately convince the viewer that we are dealing with a love deep enough and enduring enough to cause the sort of grief that would make a woman want to act as surrogate mother to her own lover. While the two of them do have great chemistry and convince as a couple, you just don’t get the sense of there being the sort of love between them that would induce such drastic action. There isn’t enough time, and the script is far too sparse to compensate for this.

3.While Rebecca does certainly become very creepy in the film’s last act, it’s not really necessary to fixate endlessly on how her creepiness exists long before that point in the way that she is sometimes aroused by her own child. Not only does this take the film into very dangerous waters for no good reason, strengthening Rebecca’s maternal bond with Tommy would represent a development in their relationship that would do a lot for character development instead of keeping Rebecca exactly the same, all the time. It would also add another layer to Rebecca’s feelings for Tommy when he grows up: the same love, heavily laced with a guilt that she shouldn’t actually feel (and doesn’t feel, in the actual film: all she feels is miserable). This would make for a more interesting emotional cocktail and might add a bit of selflessness to a rather hopelessly selfish character.

4.Make Rebecca hit it off with Tommy’s girlfriend Monica (Hannah Murray) à la Lady Mary and Lavinia instead of making her hang around spookily like the woman in black. More emotional conflict for Rebecca, greater sense of betrayal for Monica, more helpless confusion for Tommy.

5.Cut out that RIDICULOUS scene with the salt. No point no point no point.


One Comment Add yours

  1. Amanda says:

    Having just watched ‘Womb’ I agree that there are definitely thought provoking issues raised, but I do think it fit nicely together. Seeing Rebecca struggle with what seemed like at times paralysing emotions (hence the creepy vibe) was fascinating, while watching Matt’s character Tommy “wake up” piece by piece was at times gripping, sad and occasionally heartbreaking. Bravo.

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