Archive: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) A Review

Such a very quintessentially romantic comedy, starring the Rom Com darling of the 90s, Hugh Grant.

Certificate: 15

Director: Mike Newell

Screenwriter: Richard Curtis

Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Runtime: 117 Minutes

Rating: 3 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

I seem to be constantly engaged in the act of catching up on all the movies I missed growing up.  So on a dreary Sunday afternoon, there is nothing better to do then to watch a classic British Rom Com from the king of them, Richard Curtis.  I watched Notting Hill not too long ago and discovered I actually liked it quite a bit, so decided to see if I could keep the magic going.

We follow Charles and his group of friends as they continually try and mostly fail to find love, while attending the weddings of their much more fortunate friends.  Charles thinks he is in luck when he meets Carrie, the woman of his dreams.  But the course of true loves never runs smooth, and it takes them a little longer then expected for them to find their way.

Just about every British comic actor of the early nineties can be found here.  Hugh Grant, John Hannah, Rowan Atkinson, they are all here and all on form.  Maybe not top form, but a pretty good show all round.  I didn’t find this one quite as engaging as previous Richard Curtis films, and not as funny either.  There seems to be a lot less Comedy in this Romantic comedy then there is romance.  This one barely elicited a smile from me let alone a laugh.  A shame as I was expecting to love it.

It does capture all the stress and hilarity that can go on at Weddings.  They never really go as smoothly as we would like them to, and there are always hiccups we don’t anticipate.  And above all else this film does a great job of capturing that.  But beyond that, I found very little to be redeeming about this one.  It was predictable and at times kind of boring. 

A big disappointment for me, I hate disliking the classics, as I feel there is something wrong with my perception of the film as I surely must have missed something that everyone else loved. Not one that I will be watching again sadly.

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