Cheerful Weather For The Wedding (2012)
Average Rating: 5.1/10
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Critic Reviews: 10
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Rice does a fine job of juggling so many characters and moving smoothly among flashbacks without losing sight of the main story.
What it doesn't have is drama or wisdom or comedy or heat, something to temper the banalities.
Not to say it isn't an enjoyable diversion. Just that it's also a superficial one.
The glossy appearance and trappings may evoke standard Anglophile nostalgia, but below the veneer is a cynical portrait of bored, shallow Britons halfheartedly going through the motions of a celebration.
The dominance of the madcap side of the film's split personality lays an airy veneer over Dolly and Joseph's woes, making them seem inconsequential - as unsubstantial as an observation about wedding-day weather.
The film may help Downton Abbey fanatics looking to kill a little time in that era but holds little cinematic appeal for the rest of us.
..this costume drama set in the lull between World Wars is drawn from Julia Strachey's 1932 novella (apparently much-loved by Virginia Woolf) and proves to be almost impossibly English.
With the critical narrative information delayed until the film's final moments, it's a waiting game for the audience, not unpleasurably spent watching the gorgeous costumes and eccentric behaviour of the family and friends of an anxious bride.
If you're seriously white-knuckling for a dose of English Period Countryside Romanticism while waiting for Downton's next season to roll, Cheerful Weather for the Wedding will be like methadone: it's not going to satisfy you, but it may relieve your itch.
A very mannered but deadly dull period piece drama of partially upended, stuffy social customs, and a ruinous vehicle for the incandescence of Felicity Jones.
Something happened, you see, and someone or other felt something about it. Why that should matter, why we should care, is lost in a string of bons mots, sidelong glances and frocks.
Strictly recommended for the besotted Anglophile set who revel in watching endless versions of the privileged set enjoying their privileges.
Entertains intermittently with its stiff-upper-lip community interplay, only truly taking command when it focuses on unspoken desires and stymied confessions.
Without a source as rich as Jane Austen to draw on, Cheerful Weather feels incomplete, caroming off previous stories without forging its own way.
Audience Reviews for Cheerful Weather For The Wedding
- Joseph: Rumour has it Tiger has a tattoo but it's never been located. Kitty, it's up to you to find it for us.
- Dolly's Mother: I may be very dense, I freely confess, but I utterly fail to understand it.
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