• PG, 1 hr. 35 min.
  • Drama, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Donald Rice
    In Theaters:
    Dec 7, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 25, 2013
  • IFC Films

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Cheerful Weather For The Wedding Reviews

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Jason R

Super Reviewer

December 6, 2012
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Bradley W

Super Reviewer

December 9, 2012
Slow and without heart.
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

December 9, 2012
In 1932, Dolly(Felicity Jones) begins her wedding day by praying to the porcelain gods, followed by finding the exact wrong time to get reacquainted with her Tolstoy. Meanwhile, downstairs, her sister Kitty(Ellie Kendrick) and Evelyn(Zoe Tapper) find little to do except to comment on the appearance of Dr. Joseph Patten(Luke Treadaway) who was last heard of in Greece and was not expected for the ceremony, least of all by Dolly's mother(Elizabeth McGovern). Then, Owen(James Norton), the groom, puts in an appearance to find out where the ring is.

Aided by exquisitely serene performances from its leads, "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" is a witty and bittersweet look at the intersection of family and marriage which shows how hard it is to get through a wedding entirely sober.(The old line being that it is 5 pm somewhere.) As such, the important details lie just below the surface, as bombshells, both literal and metaphorical, are dropped on this most important of days. With a respect and subtle critiquing of this time's traditions, the movie makes multiple uses of time, not only in how it moves too quickly and too slowly for some characters but by going back to happier times and better weather.
Christopher H

Super Reviewer

January 29, 2013
Despite it's shortcomings, the chemistry is so strong between Felicity Jones and Luke Treadaway, that even though they spend a majority of the film apart, the connection between them carries the film. Felicity is gorgeous as always, performing in such a lyrical beauty that radiates through her lack of dialogue. She is the star and even though most of her actions are mirrored off of the rest of her family, she still shines. Treadaway also mostly uses his expressions to portray his character and the highlight of the film is a moment where he kindly dances with Jones' younger sister, gazing at Felicity the entire time. No words are spoken, but the emotion is strong. Apart from these performances, "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" is an average dramatic comedy, with a dry, British humor and a lack of ingenuity. Had the director pushed nuanced feel, the film could have been so much more impacting. Instead it relies too heavily on its bright cast and too list on its substance and direction.
December 23, 2012
The weather isn't cheerful here nor is the film itself. While there is nothing here that would make me recommend the film to anybody I wouldn't tell people that it is a total waste of time either as some of the performances are worth watching and the period detail of the earlier 1900's (a few decades after Downton I'd assume) is also nicely done. To fully enjoy a movie, though, I don't just want my eyes to be dazzled ... I want to feel something as well and this is where Cheeful Weather For the Wedding is a let-down. There is very little heart, emotion or warmth on display here (one emotional character isn't enough to save the film). The film takes place on Dolly's wedding day (Felicity Jones - Like Crazy, Chalet Girl, Hysteria) as she is about to marry a man she may or may not love. Also invited to the wedding is Joseph (Luke Treadaway - Attack the Block, Clash of the Titans, The Whistleblower), a young man who was/is in love with Dolly and he hasn't gotten over how she had toyed with is yearnings and emotions just a few months prior (he is the character with emotion and soul). Dolly is feckless, fickle and not really overly likable and this hurts the film as I didn't care whether she was happy or not as she didn't even seem to care as long as she married comfortably into money. Dolly's mother (Elizabeth McGovern - "Downton Abbey", Ragtime, Ordinary People) plays a much-less friendly version of her Downton character who doesn't want Joseph around. The film is a lot of talk and a lot of flashbacks ... but little of it is endearing. The film's lone bright-spot is the supporting turn by Fenella Woolgar (Scoop, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Vera Drake) whose dry delivery and wit make her stand-out from the rest of the overly self-important wedding guests. This is one of those weddings you don't really want to attend ... the great part about this being a film is that you don't have to (nobody will be any the wiser).
March 18, 2014
Poor Luke Ward-Wilkinson was completely wasted in this movie; he deserves so much better.
February 5, 2013
Moral degeneration well-exemplified
April 30, 2013
Between a critic comedy and a romantic drama "Cheerful Weather For The Wedding" is somewhat stuck, not knowing what course to follow, time unhappy mood, time for a protagonist couple to have as little charismatic.
January 30, 2013
Sneak preview, weggelopen. Wat ongelofelijk saai en oninteressant allemaal. En what's with crossing the axis all the time?
December 18, 2012
Slightly remind me of one of Jamie Travis's
Harlequin68
Harlequin68

Super Reviewer

December 9, 2012
In 1932, Dolly(Felicity Jones) begins her wedding day by praying to the porcelain gods, followed by finding the exact wrong time to get reacquainted with her Tolstoy. Meanwhile, downstairs, her sister Kitty(Ellie Kendrick) and Evelyn(Zoe Tapper) find little to do except to comment on the appearance of Dr. Joseph Patten(Luke Treadaway) who was last heard of in Greece and was not expected for the ceremony, least of all by Dolly's mother(Elizabeth McGovern). Then, Owen(James Norton), the groom, puts in an appearance to find out where the ring is.

Aided by exquisitely serene performances from its leads, "Cheerful Weather for the Wedding" is a witty and bittersweet look at the intersection of family and marriage which shows how hard it is to get through a wedding entirely sober.(The old line being that it is 5 pm somewhere.) As such, the important details lie just below the surface, as bombshells, both literal and metaphorical, are dropped on this most important of days. With a respect and subtle critiquing of this time's traditions, the movie makes multiple uses of time, not only in how it moves too quickly and too slowly for some characters but by going back to happier times and better weather.
MovRev
November 10, 2012
Very good...this deserves a rating...not your standard love story but it has many subtle story lines, that make you want to go back and watch it again, and figure it all out. I would definitely watch it, the first 5 minutes or so take awhile to pick up but it's worth it!
August 28, 2012
An uninspiring love story with amazing dialogue from the interesting characters. Well costumed.
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