Film Review: The Big Wedding

The Big Wedding

With its all-star cast, The Big Wedding is a formulaic but sufficiently enjoyable rom-com.

Alejandro and Missy are getting married. Alejandro’s birth mother is very traditional, so he does not tell her his adoptive parents are divorced. With his father Don living with a new partner, Don and his ex-wife Ellie attempt to keep up the charade…

Based on a 2006 French film, The Big Wedding offers a familiar set-up. The film focuses the trials and tribulations of an extended family as they come together for the youngest member’s wedding. The narrative progresses along the expected route.

There is sufficient humour to make The Big Wedding entertaining. The language and the subject of some of the material is more adult than some viewers might expect. However the film does have a 15 rating which compensates for this.

The Big Wedding features numerous scenes with heart-to-heart conversations. Some of these are quite touching. Nonetheless, others do feel like a deliberate attempt to pull at the heartstrings. It is a shame the film demeans itself in this way.

With the whole family featuring in The Big Wedding, there are a number of different strands with each member getting their own story. This could make the film feel cramped, but director and screenwriter Justin Zackham ensures that each plays out in a suitable manner. Some of the strands are more engaging than others. The central narrative with Don, Ellie and Bebe, and Jared’s story are more interesting than Lyla’s strand for example.

Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton are believable as divorced couple Don and Ellie. Susan Sarandon is decent as Bebe, while Topher Grace has good comedy chops as Jared, despite his character being somewhat dubious.

The Big Wedding ticks all the boxes viewers would expect, but does little more than this. The film’s intended audience should be entertained.

Stuff to Look At

A catch up of all the trailers you may have missed for the Easter weekend…

The Big Wedding

Robert De Niro heads an all star cast in comedy The Big Wedding. I wish Robert De Niro was still making films with Martin Scorsese, but there you go. The film also stars Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton, and Katherine Heigl, who surely cemented this role in her pact with the devil. The Big Wedding is released in UK cinemas on 29th May 2013.

Oblivion

Above is a featurette on upcoming movie Oblivion. Starring Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko and Melissa Leo, Oblivion is a future-set science fiction film from the director of Tron: Legacy. Oblivion is out in cinemas on 10th April 2013.

Star Trek Into Darkness

Star Trek Into Darkness looks very promising. J.J. Abrams’ 2009 update of Star Trek was a great sci-fi action romp, and Into Darkness seems to be following the same path. Starring Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness hits UK screens on 9th May 2013.

World War Z

Brad Pitt stars in apocalyptic extravaganza World War Z. Based on the novel by Max Brooks, Pitt stars as Gerry Lane, a UN employee trying to ascertain the cause of a pandemic which is threatening the world. World War Z is released in UK cinemas on 21st June 2013.

Despicable Me 2

Gru is back! But perhaps more importantly, Agnes is back! From the above trailer, Despicable Me 2 appears to have a sound plot. It also features a host of talent, including Steve Carell, Al Pacino, Kristen Wiig and Steve Coogan. Despicable Me 2 is due for release on 28th June 2013.

Kick-Ass 2

Hit Girl is now a fully-fledged teen! Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Moretz return for Kick Ass 2. The sequel, which also stars Jim Carrey, is released on UK screens on 19th July 2013.

Film Review: Morning Glory

Morning Glory is an energetic and wonderfully upbeat movie. Director Roger Michell offers the right mix of comedy, drama and romance to make Morning Glory a highly entertaining film.

Hard-working morning television producer Becky Fuller dreams of working on the Today show. When she is fired from her current role, Becky applies for jobs tirelessly. When she is given the opportunity to work on a struggling network television breakfast show, she jumps at the chance. Becky has a trying time dealing with her hosts, however…

Aline Brosh McKenna’s script is excellent. The film is humorous throughout, yet the story still has real substance. The characters are well written, and their relationships appear genuine. The tone of Morning Glory is light; however the film is not mere fluff. There are moments of emotion and drama that work just as well as the frequent comedy.

One aspect that makes Morning Glory so likeable is the depiction of its protagonist Becky. She is a career-driven young woman whose hard work pays off. Morning Glory is closer to Working Girl than The Devil Wears Prada in this respect, even though Brosh McKenna also wrote the latter film’s screenplay. While Devil Wears Prada suggests there is a cost to forging ahead so strongly with your career, Morning Glory offers a more positive message akin to that of Working Girl. Becky does not have to give up on relationship or play dirty tricks to get ahead; her sheer determination allows her to succeed in all areas of her life.

Roger Michell directs Morning Glory with buoyancy, never allowing the pace to become stagnant. The film features a substantial amount of television footage of the show, which helps to underscore the contrast between the calm on screen and the manic of the backstage. Morning Glory wisely grounds itself in reality, in terms of television shows and personalities. Thus, the audience can draw on real parallels between the network and its real competitors. British viewers may say more than a little irony in the fact that the show is called ‘Daybreak’.

Rachel McAdams is bright and amiable as Becky. McAdams offers a formidable performance, and holds her own against heavyweights Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton. Ford seems to be having a lot of fun with Pomeroy’s grumpy man persona, while Keaton is perfectly cast as his co-host Colleen Peck. Matt Malloy stands out among the supporting cast as weatherman Ernie.

Morning Glory is a thoroughly enjoyable film. It doesn’t take it self too seriously either, judging by the fact that the network is called ‘IBS’. Perhaps the most amusing film released this month.