Review: The Husband

Emily Andersen of Scene Creek reviews THE HUSBAND.

Review: The Husband
By Emily Andersen | March 13, 2014
4 Stars

Bruce McDonald’s comedic drama The Husband portrays the emotional struggle of a new father who is forced to deal with single parenthood after his wife has been imprisoned for sleeping with a minor. Henry Andreas, who is the protagonist of the film and the husband of Alyssa, is faced with his wife’s impending release from prison. Barely functioning at work, hallucinating about his wife’s infidelity, Henry’s life doesn’t seem like it can get much worse. That is until he accidentally crosses paths with Colin, the fourteen year old kid who slept with Alyssa. Henry is suddenly thrust into further turmoil, switching from depressed to manic, as his obsession with confronting Colin becomes of utmost importance.

The Husband is a Canadian film that features very commendable performances by many talented actors. Maxwell McCabe-Lokos does an excellent job of playing the distraught Henry. Sarah Allan, who plays the role of Alyssa, sympathetically portrays her character as a confused and emotionally fragile woman. Colin is played by the young Dylan Authors, who manages to make his role believable even with very little screen time. Stephen McHattie also stars in the film as Alyssa’s father, whose character lends support and advice to Henry when he needs it most.

What McDonald’s film brings to light is the ways in which Henry attempts to cope with overwhelming humiliation in the wake of his wife’s scandal. Tortured with questions that cannot be answered, Henry struggles to understand what caused the ruin of his marriage. He is also faced with the decision of whether or not he will be able overcome his grief in order to reconcile with his wife.

The Husband is dark, funny, and always emotionally charged. Although there may not be much action, the film remains interesting and the actors always maintain the audience’s sympathy. For these reasons, The Husband is a commendable film that is worth watching.