epiphany_maria (epiphany_maria) wrote,

Mother Love (1989) part 1 Review

I loved the book but this BBC adaptation is a bit badly acted and scripted. Still it does entertain and has a nice creepy intro. Prig Angela is to marry Kit Vesey and his mother Helena (Diana Rigg) is a bit obsessive about her son. She adores Kit and loathes her ex-husband Alex (David McCallum). Kit and Angela have bad perms and hideous clothes and Helena looks like she is wearing Joan Collins' cast offs.

Helena speaks endlessly of the evil of Alex while hanging out with her cousin George who is her dogsbody/chauffeur/bag carrier/companion and only friend. Kit reveals to Angela that for the past 15 years he has been having a relationship with his father, stepmother and three half siblings. He keeps this a secret from Helena who regards the idea of Kit having a relationship with his father as anathema.

Angela wears a horrible jumper and is self righteous about lies. She meets the smug stepmother Ruth and her noisy brats who tells her how repellent Helena is. The detached Alex takes no responsibility for his part in any of this. Angela goes along with the lies. Which is a good idea as flashbacks show how as a child, Helena rid herself of her BF who was disloyal via a book entitled 'A Children's Illustrated Guide To Poisonous Plants'.

Kit and Angela marry. Angela's dress and veil are horrible. George turns out to be in on the lies and informs on Helena to Alex. Helena lives in a world of plastic emptiness and is mentally ill. But no-one does anything to help her despite clear evidence of psychotic behaviour. Helena speaks to Angela about the evils of Alex and disloyalty and Angela sees how nutty Helena is. Do they insist she get help? No. Instead Kit and Angela have a daughter Laura and the lies go on.

Alex is knighted and Ruth is now Lady Vesey. The magazines write about Alex with no mention of Helena or Kit. Helena is enraged. She is enraged some more when Ruth's photography is compared to Diane Arbus and she is feted in the media. To be blunt Ruth's photos are crap. In a tv special Ruth shows off her dark room which is a converted air tight air raid shelter. Ruth really shouldn't have mentioned the air tight part as she has unwittingly created the blue print for her own murder.

Helena hisses "Stupid bitch" at the TV and plots and plans. One wonders why Ruth didn't fix the air tight part or why she doesn't hear the air vents being closed. Helena has rid herself of the usurper Ruth and ensured someone else is the patsy. There is some appalling scripting toward the end of this part as Ruth's idiot daughter and a clunky answering machine feature. Still bad acting, bad scripting and idiot ball antics aside, this does entertain.

Best Lines:
"That tart with a camera took my husband."

"You're not Lady Vesey. You're Alex's whore. You smug bitch. I am Lady Vesey....Whore, smug little bastards, smug little whore's bastards."
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