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Edge of Love, The (DVD Review)

14 Jun, 2009 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Edge of Love

Prebook 6/16/09; Street 7/14/09
$27.98 DVD, $35.98 Blu-ray
Not rated.
Stars Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Cillian Murphy, Matthew Rhys.

War can make for messy relationships and strange bedfellows, in addition to death and destruction.

All are on display in The Edge of Love, which opens in 1940 London with a close-up of cabaret singer Vera (toothpick Keira Knightley) singing in a bomb shelter about better days while Germany’s destructive aerial raids explode all around. She remains an object of desire to former childhood boyfriend/bohemian Welsh poet Dylan Thomas (a spot-on Matthew Rhys of  “Brothers & Sisters”), whose amorous wife, Caitlin (Sienna Miller), appears only slightly disaffected by his sexual dalliances.

Throughout it all Vera is pursued, romanced and then married to Capt. William Killick (Cillian Murphy, whose looks and acting prowess mandate more than villainous Batman roles), much to the consternation of aloof Thomas.

Such is reality when able-bodied men are off to battle; life appears threateningly finite and best endured in a haze of endless smoking, drinking and whimsy.

The Edge of Love appears to be directed at a chick-flick audience enthralled with romance and intimacy. Indeed, the movie spends considerable time on the relationship between Caitlin and Vera, which is not surprising — Sharman McDonald, Knightley’s mum, penned it.

Extras include outtakes, commentary with Rhys and director John Maybury (of The Jacket, also starring Knightley), and the vignette “Looking Over The Edge of Love.”

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