The Perfect Husband/Il Marito Perfetto
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
You know how you stumble onto a movie and think, hey maybe this will be good. Well, that was my first mistake today. I was watching Tubi when I came across The Perfect Husband. While I have seen this movie on there many times, I never had any interest in watching it. However, today I was bored and figured why not.
It seemed like a good idea at the time. A couple, Viola (Gabriella Wright) and Nicola (Bret Roberts), decides to stay in a cabin for the weekend to get away from their troubles, but it seems that someone’s assumptions will get the better of them, turning the weekend into a bloodbath. Sounds great, right? See, I thought so too. However, it was one of the worst movies I have ever watched.
Where everything went wrong:
For one, there were so many errors throughout the film. We started noticing them about four minutes in. Normally, I would ignore these kind of things, but they were so obvious that it really ruined the movie. In the beginning Viola complains about Nicola’s friend watching the house while they are gone, saying that she doesn’t like or trust him. Nicola asked her, “Would you like me to get the keys back from him?” He asked her this twice and was very clear that he had already given his friend the keys to their house. But when they all walk out to the car, Nicola throws the house keys to his friend.
On top of that, while the guys are packing the trunk, Viola sits in the car that has music playing. However, the car has not even been turned on yet. I assumed that it might be the scene music, but they proved me wrong. I quickly noticed that the music only played when the car door was open. Then Nicola got into the car and cranked it up.
The worst oopsie in this movie was when Nicola when outside and screamed. For one, it was just awkward and unnecessary, but the thing that really ruined it was that his scream started before he even opened his mouth. It was cringeworthy.
If those things didn’t turn you away, the acting sure will. The lines were delivered poorly, and there was zero sense of urgency in scenes where there should have been. Then there was the weird almost sex scene which ended with Viola angrily walking away for no reason at all, and then an unnecessary rape scene. If those two scenes were deleted from the film, it wouldn’t have changed anything. So why were they added? It was such a disappointment. It felt like I was watching a movie that was trying to be bad.
Here’s where things get really confusing:
About half way through the movie, Viola is on the phone with a doctor. Up until that point, I thought this was an American made movie. However, the doctors words weren’t matching up with her lips. I ended up researching the movie and found out that this was an adaptation of a short film called, Il Marito Perfetto, which just means The Perfect Husband. I watched the trailer for the short and I was shocked to see that it looked amazing! The acting was beautiful, the blood and gore was perfect, and the lighting really helped add fear to the scenes.
I was so confused how The Perfect Husband and Il Marito Perfetto were both directed and written by the same person. I think the issue came when they tried to stretch the film out to be a full length but did not include useful scenes.
The short did have some issues but that was to be expected. Here is the link to the short if you would like to see it, but just a warning, it is bloody:
When it comes to the movie The Perfect Husband, no. The movie was so badly done, it was just uncomfortable to watch. If the acting, the special effects, and the added in scenes were better, then it might have brought True Fear. However, when talking about the short Il Marito Perfetto, yes. It was such a strong short and the acting seemed so much more natural than it was in the full length. If you wanted to watch a beautifully created psychological horror, please enjoy Il Marito Perfetto, but if you ever come across The Perfect husband, turn off your TV and burn it!