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LET’S KILL WARD’S WIFE

April 13, 2015

DVDFilm + EntertainmentReview | by Francesco Cerniglia


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Perhaps it was spending one too many days on-set of the famous horror film Scream 3, combined with his swift appearances on Grey’s Anatomy that led actor Scott Foley to write and direct Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife, this light-hearted, comedic ‘let’s kill and perform knife surgery’ horror type of flick.

Casting himself as the cool, unflustered and negligent eradicator Tom, Foley rounds up a highflying ‘killer’ team of actors for his movie, some of whom he’d worked successfully with before, such as James Carpinello (TV’s Felicity, 2000) and Donald Faison, (TV’s Scrubs, 2001) and created this sleek and well filmed piece.

Dagmara Dominczyk plays Ward’s wife really well, she’s incredibly annoying and the opening scene sets up your dislike of her character instantly. Since having had her first child she’s become highly strung, irritated, super insensitive and just plain rude, not only to her husband who recoils in her presence and constantly treads on eggshells, but also to her friends, who are just plain over her unbearable attitude.

Thank God she was removed from the story (in some ways) early on, otherwise I think I’d have ended up throwing things at the TV and without giving too much away the murder itself is pretty un-dramatic to be honest, much like the whole film. Still, it’s quite an exit and the aloof reactions from the friends, makes it quite amusing.

There’s a mellow theme going on throughout this film, like the laid-back music for example, nothing too intense or suspenseful there, even in the gross moments. The characters’ subdued reactions to their part in the murder, the uninteresting conversations between the lads on the golf course and the nonchalant pace and theme in general also add to this as there’s a light banter between the friends that helps to keep you engaged and entertained until the end.

Although the story surrounds the fact that they’ve killed someone and their amusing plan of action concocted to cover their tracks, I found myself forgetting the sinister aspect of it all until the odd scene of bloody body parts appeared here and there. The story seems to be more about friendship, loyalty and the lengths and expectations to which they would all go in order to maintain each other’s best interests.

Carpinello’s character, Ronnie, helps to bring back the seriousness of what’s occurred by having a major melt down towards the tail end of the film, giving us a reality check and snapping us out of the mellow magic the film has put us in by diluting our emotions from thinking that murder isn’t something to be blasé about. “But you don’t do that to somebody Tom, you don’t fu****g kill somebody just because they’re a fu****g b*tch, I mean that doesn’t make any fu****g sense” – Ronnie

The ending feels slightly rushed and underdeveloped which clashes with the vibe of the rest of the film and although the script seemed a tad long-drawn out and slow paced I was still enjoying it by the end and felt it probably needed to go on a bit more.

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It also would have been great to see a couple more suspenseful moments between the gang and Greg Grunberg’s prying policeman; he was a great addition to the storyline, dim, clumsy yet amusing. The actors all worked really well together, the banter and friendship was credible and they succeeded in making me laugh, albeit whilst raising an eyebrow of shock at times.

I’m not sure I’d sacrifice a Saturday night for Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife, perhaps grab a packet of popcorn and pop it on mid-week. It’s funny, cringe-worthy and pretty laid back for a black comedy/horror and although most other ratings were pretty hit and miss, I think it’s still a decent watch overall.

Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is out on DVD from April 13th

Lisa Coleman