Last night, I watched the latest Lifetime premiere, His Perfect Obsession!
Why Was I Watching It?
Because it was on Lifetime, of course!
Plus, I was kinda hoping that it would be like a special Labor Day movie. Since I’m still not sure what Labor Day is actually supposed to celebrate, I thought maybe His Perfect Obsession would provide some clues. (Unfortunately, it did not.)
What Was It About?
Bart (Brendan Murray) is an accountant with a problem. He’s obsessed with both his client, Allison (Arianne Zucker), and her blind teenage daughter Abigail (Ali Skovbye). However, Allison doesn’t want to date him and Abigail doesn’t really seem to like him that much either. Even after Bart murders Allison’s creep of an ex, Allison still doesn’t want to go out with him. She’d rather go out with a sleazy real estate agent.
What is a crazy sociopath like Bart to do? He tries drinking at the local bar but the bartender keeps getting in his business. He tries murdering his mother but that really doesn’t do much for him, either. Finally, Bart remembers that he does have that remote cabin that hardly anyone knows about…
His Perfect Obsession was filmed in Canada and, visually, it made good use of the snowy landscape. I especially liked a scene at the start of the film where Bart approached Abigail outside of her house and they had an awkward conversation while the frozen ground glowed in the night behind them.
The performances were all excellent. Brendan Murray was wonderfully creepy as Bart and Arianne Zucker and Ali Skovbye were both perfectly cast as the mother and daughter.
A lot of us watching online especially liked the character of Ben (Scott Gibson), the world’s most heroic bartender. If Captain America got a job working in a bar, he’d be a lot like Ben.
Finally, there was a character named Lance Lancaster (Seann Gallagher), who everyone liked because his name was Lance Lancaster. That’s like one of the greatest names ever!
What Did Not Work?
In general, I’m not a fan of any movie where the final half of the film is taken up with scenes of people being held hostage. A hostage situation always seems to stall whatever narrative momentum the film has been building up and that’s what happened with His Perfect Obsession.
The scene where Bart murders his mother was so drawn out that the scene itself almost became extremely unpleasant and rather icky to watch. I know that might sound strange coming from a self-confessed horror fanatic like me but the scene was just way too sadistic for a Lifetime film. As of late, Lifetime seems to be trying to be a bit more edgy as far as violence is concerned but that’s really not why people watch Lifetime. Lifetime melodrama should be fun, not traumatic.
“Oh my God! Just like me!” Moments
I’ve never actually worked with a professional accountant. My sisters do my taxes for me and, when it comes to money, I find that it’s better to spend it now and hold off on worrying until later. So, I really couldn’t relate to that part of the movie.
What I did relate to was the relationship between Allison and Abigail, which felt very real and was well-played by both actresses. It reminded me of the type of relationship that I had with my mom.