"Diane Lane, come and save this!" was exactly what kept running through my mind. Maybe readers of the novella were privy to Darcy's internal "Oh my god, what do I DO?!" dialogue, but this movie's viewers weren't, which puts the burden on the actress to convey the thought process - and what must be torture - she's going through. Allen just sort of went through the motions, and I didn't get a sense of how she *felt* about The Choice - or much else, for that matter. There's a scene in Unfaithful in which Lane conveys to the audience page after page of ecstasy, pain, fear, excitement, guilt, bliss, and
dread - all without a word of dialogue. She would have nailed this character.
... which puts the burden on the actress to convey the thought process - and what must be torture - she's going through.
I thought she conveyed this beautifully. We realise whilst watching that Darcy, like Bob, has her own, quite different sets of obsessions, nuances and quirks which all come into play and assist her towards formulating her plan against Bob.🐭