Film review: The Husband

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Carli Berry, Contributor Ω

Image courtesy of Phenomenal Films and Scythia Films

Image courtesy of Phenomenal Films and Scythia Films

Directed by Canadian Bruce McDonald, The Husband follows the unusual tale of Henry (Maxwell McCabe-Lokos) who is in the unfortunate circumstance of balancing a jailed wife (for sleeping with a 14-year-old boy) and caring for the couple’s infant son.

The beginning of the movie shows Henry facing car troubles on the highway, which sets the atmosphere of the movie – melancholy with a hint of humour. The car troubles persist throughout the movie as Henry tries to pick up the pieces of his broken life and it goes from bad to worse as the plot nears its climax.

McCabe-Lokos does a good job in portraying a depressed, confused, manic soul but at times went over the top. In certain scenes it seemed unusual that Henry refused to make eye contact with the other characters until half-way though the movie. Although his exaggerated behaviour could be considered a part of the character development as Henry slowly comes out of his shell, it feels unnatural.

The movie had a good rhythm that was easy to follow, with cleverly-used flashbacks to add depth to the few characters.

The 80-minute show time holds your attention for the entire duration with changing viewpoints and scenes switching back and forth between Henry’s life before the incident, showing his family beforehand and him content with his life, and the present as a depressed, lonely individual.

The juxtaposition allows one to empathize with Henry even when he decides to make some not-so-smart decisions.

Overall The Husband does what a movie should, which is to entertain. The cast is likeable, the story is unique and everything is cleanly packaged into the show time, not needing any more or any less for one to gain a full feel of the movie without it dragging on. Three out of five stars goes to The Husband.