‘Almond and Seahorse’ evaluation: Unmemorable Rebel Wilson drama

In “The Almond and the Seahorse,” Sarah (Rebel Wilson in a dramatic flip) calls the equal of 911 to report her husband lacking, although not actually lacking; he’s there together with her at dwelling. Simply not all there. For his half, the otherwise-loving Joe (Celyn Jones) insists his partner appears totally different, not properly, prematurely growing old. In the meantime, Gwen (Trine Dyrholm) stirs within the cozy mattress she shares with Toni (Charlotte Gainsbourg), solely to be shocked when the girl she’s with doesn’t look as anticipated. Each Joe and Gwen, we study, suffered traumatic mind accidents years in the past, and their longtime companions should cope every day with their lack of ability to make new reminiscences and with the deterioration of their outdated ones over time (the “almond” of the title refers back to the amygdala; the “seahorse” is the hippocampus).

It’s fertile dramatic floor, although it has been extra fruitful in “50 First Dates” and “Memento,” amongst others. The forged is recreation. Sadly, what ought to be intestine punches really feel like glancing blows.

Jones wears a number of hats, sharing adaptation credit score with authentic playwright Kaite O’Reilly and making his directorial debut in collaboration with Tom Stern (Jones performed the position of Joe within the play’s Wales stage run). The movie uneasily dips into the cinematic language of romantic comedy and critical drama, not going deep sufficient with its characters — or actors — to immerse us in both. When two characters get collectively sexually, there’s little spark, nor the cost of two determined folks taking refuge in one another. Many of the dialogue is okay, rooted in a specific actuality. However there are additionally cases — particularly a heated scene between Sarah and Toni — through which it feels self-consciously theatrical.

Sadly, “The Almond and the Seahorse” isn’t as memorable because it might be.

‘The Almond and the Seahorse’

Not rated

Operating time: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Taking part in: Begins Dec. 16, Laemmle Monica, Santa Monica; additionally obtainable on VOD