Weddings are a melting pot of drama, and this film encapsulates that perfectly while being fairly humorous and not managing to force the funny.
Director: Dean Craig
Screenwriter: Dean Craig, Francis Nief (Based on the motion picture “Plan de table”)
Starring: Olivia Munn, Sam Claflin, Aisling Bea
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Runtime: 100 Minutes
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by: Pearl
Unlike a lot of comedies, I have seen of late, this one works so well because it doesn’t try and force you to laugh out loud. Instead it relies on a constant state of light amusement. Which works so much better then huge comedic moments. Anyone who has been to a wedding knows that things always inevitably go wrong, and that is basically the entire premise of this film.
Weddings are stressful, aren’t they? Especially if you are having to juggle ex-girlfriends, uninvited guests, misplaces sleeping medication as well as all the normal minutia. Jack is trying to keep it all together for his sister’s wedding, while trying to reconnect with his lost love Dina. This film shows multiple timelines that prove how tiny changes can make huge differences to your life.
Sam Claflin does an amazing job here as a comedic actor without going crazy over the top with it. He balances the comedic aspects of the film with some real emotional and heart felt moments. This might be one of the best films I have seen Sam Claflin in for quite some time. And he is also surrounded by some great side characters. Each have their own very unique personalities and are a great example of some of the crazy people that in real life we try so hard to keep separate, and weddings are the only time they are forced to interact. Usually with humorous results.
Comedy is a fine line that most people cannot balance effectively, this film does and that means it is one of the most genuinely amusing things I have seen in a while. There isn’t much that will make you laugh out loud, but you will be highly entertained for the entire time.
It isn’t an original story by any stretch of the imagination, there have been plenty of wedding based comedies the past, so this is kind of treading old ground, but the multiple timelines angle goes a long way to stopping it from being dry and stale. Saying that thought, the repeated timeline aspect does at times make the story feel a little repetitive but stops just short of making it unwatchable.
I won’t ruin the ending by telling you how it all turns out in the end, or the crazy antic that go on in order for them to get there, but I was left guessing right up until the end, and couldn’t see how on earth things were going to turn out In the end, but I don’t know if the ending is really the point of thi at all. More likely it is the journey the characters take in order to get there.
Love. Wedding. Repeat. Is available to stream now on Netflix.