By The Sea is an arthouse beaut that is so narratively hallow, it will leave viewers infuriated.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt take a gamble on arthouse cinema and they beautifully fail. Yes, the vintage film and cinematography is wonderfully captured in Jolie’s picture, but the story and narrative depth is so shallow it engulfs the rest from achieving. This voyeur adventure is not intriguing enough to most viewers who are looking for something with more structure.
Jolie and Pitt pitch to us a dull story of a ‘70s marriage gone stale. Unfortunately, the script is just as stale as the marriage. The couple suffers gorgeously throughout the film and takes a vacation to a ritzy hotel in Malta. Jolie and Pitt throttling through the film with endless pain will leave viewers numb by the end. By The Sea is a cinematic beaut with disappointing results … damn.
By The Sea is rated R (Restricted). For strong sexuality, nudity, and language.