Ali's Wedding (2017)
as Moe Green
as Ramona Albasri
as Haj Karim
as Abu Faisal
as Sayyed Ghaffar
as Magistrate Cummings
as Entezami Officer
as Marcos Diaz
Critic Reviews for Ali's Wedding
Walker's debut mines rapid-fire laughs and bountiful heart from a story of romantic misadventure set in train by a young man desperate to live up to his father's expectations.
That it all unfolds so naturally has much to do with the presence as co-writer of screenwriting veteran Andrew Knight, whose credits range from TV's Seachange to Mel Gibson's recent war film Hacksaw Ridge.
It explores the blend of Middle Eastern and Australian culture within this country but also tells an amusing, family-driven tale that most will appreciate and celebrate, regardless of their background.
Ali's Wedding by contrast gets its big laughs from authentic insights into the complexity and contradictions inherent in Islamic communities, with a wisdom about human nature that hits a universal sweet spot.
While it's nice to praise a movie for good intentions it's what ends up on screen that matters. In the case of Ali's Wedding what begins with a solid premise and the promise of a cross-cultural rom-com descends into a scrambled, sexist mess.
Audience Reviews for Ali's Wedding
'Ali's Wedding' is the most unique and heartfelt Australian film, I've seen all year. A domestic centered story about an Australian Muslim living such a comfortable urban lifestyle he himself is even thinking about revoking what his family or even his own customs may actually expect of him to a point the film's plotting takes so many drastic twists and turns you can't help but admire this film for what it really is, 'a personal life story'. This also touches upon how the Urban Australian Muslims should be presented, when their lives are no different to us local folk, but their traditions and cultural customs are fascinating. The real heart of the story however is Osamah Sami's main character whose such a relatable underdog he's created something great alongside director Jeffery Walker, an incredible Australian story, with enough wit and humour to combat it's cultural subject matter accustomed to the majority of the characters and premise. All in all, we have a charming heartfelt and hilarious film that's more than likely to be one of the most talked about local films of the year, highly recommended for all to see.
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