27th Mar2015

‘Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife’ VOD Review

by Richard Axtell

Stars: Donald Faison, Amy Acker, Ava Carpinello, James Carpinello, Dagmara Dominczyk, Marika Dominczyk, Veronika Dominczyk, Scott Foley, Greg Grunberg, Patrick Wilson, Nicolette Sheridan | Written and Directed by Scott Foley

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Everyone hates Ward’s wife and wants her dead, Ward (Donald Faison) most of all. But when his friends’ murderous fantasies turn into an (accidental) reality, they have to deal with a whole new set of problems—like how to dispose of the body and still make their 3 p.m. tee time. Scott Foley’s directorial début, also starring Foley, Patrick Wilson, Amy Acker, and Nicolette Sheridan, is a blackly comic caper about helping a friend out of a bad relationship by any means necessary.

Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife makes me feel weird inside. It is surprisingly sweet and heartfelt for a film about murdering someone and disposing of the remains. The combination of such a dark topic and the light hearted and often hilarious storyline makes for a very strange result. I never thought a film could make committing murder seem like the right thing to do, but apparently I was mistaken. Don’t quote me on that though… Let’s move on.

First off, I really like the characters in this film. Donald Faison does a brilliant job as Ward, the downtrodden husband. His extremely overbearing wife is played by Dagmara Dominczyk, who very successfully made me hate her within minutes of entering the film. As characters go, they are a little cliché, the out of work actor, the ladies-man fitness instructor etc. but the exchanges between them and the general fun of the storyline make this easy to ignore. As directional débuts go, I think Scott Foley has done a decent job assembling a cast who gel well together and can make a film which is murderously good fun! See what I did there?… Let’s move on.

That is definitely one thing that should be said about Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife: it is very light hearted. This film never goes too dark and at no point is it ever very realistic, because that is not the tone that Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is trying to create. This is a very silly, kind of stupid film with a ridiculous premise and if you watch the film with this in mind, I am sure you will find it as entertaining as I did.

As films go, this one isn’t going to be put up for an Oscar. It is a cheap and cheerful ride of disgusting fun. It’s definitely worth a watch if you are looking for a laugh.

Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife out now on VOD/Digital and will be available to buy on DVD on Monday 13th April, courtesy of Solo Media and Matchbox Films.

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