Four Weddings and a Funeral Reviews
One thing I liked was the structure of the movie. It's very clever to base the movie basically around weddings, and the title itself leaves you to speculate about who will be involved in all these weddings and the funeral. It's fitting that the big climax takes place during Charles's wedding, though I couldn't help but be horrified at that scene a little. I mean, I know 'Duckface' wasn't very likable, but I kept putting myself in her shoes and thinking about how much that would suck. And with all the time and planning that went into that wedding, and all the people who are just sitting there eagerly waiting, and it all blows up because the groom is an asshole...
Probably my favorite aspect of the movie was the ensemble cast. There's a real sense of camaraderie between all the friends who show up at all the weddings, and Charles gets small meaningful moments with each of them. I especially liked his conversation with Tom after the funeral; the whole funeral sequence was surprisingly well-done and emotional, partly because John Hannah was excellent as Matthew, and his eulogy was really emotional. I liked the reveal that he and Gareth were partners. I also liked his interactions with his deaf brother, and I liked the witty use of sign language in the climax. Fiona was also an interesting side character, even though her sole subplot kind of made her an object of pity since she loved Charles. Still, I liked their interactions, especially later on, and I personally wouldn't have minded if Charles and Fiona got together, especially because Kristin Scott Thomas was quite the looker.
Overall, this was a breezy, enjoyable romantic comedy with some light comedy ("your awful wedded wife") and some nice moments of friendship. I'm not sure I'll remember it very vividly, but I had fun watching it.
Un film apprezzabile da tutti, ma nulla di trascendentale
Normally British films to me are kind of an mix bag for me and what I mean is sometimes I will enjoy or be bored by movies from Britain. I don't know why it just happens, and this is coming from a guy who is from Britain. I was a bit shocked when I find out that this movie won best film at BAFTA awards, and to the people who liked this movie more than Titanic that's fine but to me in my personal opinion this movie was okay.
Let's start of with the positive: The acting from everyone was solid and this movie has a great cast.
The movie did make me laugh at times with characters doing whacky things that no normal person would do at a wedding yeah those kind of jokes.
I'm not going to spoil anything but these a scene where there are at this funeral and one of the characters give a sad and kind of moving speech.
Now for things that didn't work for me: I didn't really think this movie is on the level of amazing as some has put it out to be, I'm saying it's bad I honestly think it's just okay.
The story focuses on an awkward, aloof, and single man named Charles who finds himself invited to four weddings over a period of months. At the first of the weddings, for which he screwed up as best man by forgetting the rings (Instead, novelty rings had to be used), he meets a beautiful American woman named Carrie, whom he ends up having a one night stand with.
The next morning, she jokes to him that since they've had sex, they should get married, which causes Charles to struggle for some sort of answer. After revealing it was a joke, Carrie reveals that she will be going back to America, and the two regret that they could have done something more to keep things going between them.
However, Charles is still enamored by Carrie, and decides to pursue her at the next three weddings which she is a part of, as well as a funeral when one of Charles' friends suddenly dies during one of the weddings.
The story also takes time to focus on Charles' various friends and his run-ins with his ex-girlfriends during these various events, with people falling in love, various shenanigans, and so forth.
While the story can become a bit hectic at times as it tries to balance so many elements and subplots, the story manages to expertly keep them steady most of the time. I also enjoyed how it managed to develop its various characters, even if they were only minor characters. Everyone seemed to have a personality and their own quirky stories behind them. While the humor is rather light-hearted, the story also manages to have a lot to say about life and relationships, giving it some rather unexpected depth. There's a lot here for people who enjoy light-hearted romantic comedies, but also want some meat on their comedies.
While the performances across the board are great, the two leads: Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell are easily the best of the performers. Grant does a great job of playing the awkward Charles believably, while MacDowell does a fantastic job as the strong-willed, sexy Carrie. The two also had great chemistry with each other, making the scenes between them the best aspects of several great aspects of this film. There is not a single weak performance I can think of when it comes to the acting in this film.
When it came to the humor, I was laughing, and laughing hard from the very beginning of the film to the very end. It works as a romantic comedy, a sex comedy, a dramedy, a screwball comedy, a partial slapstick comedy, and other comedy aspects quite well. There's a lot here for a comedy fan to enjoy, if you're into this sort of film.
Four Weddings And A Funeral is an excellent romantic comedy with a great story, great characters, fantastic acting, and hilarious humor all making for a great film. If you love a good romantic comedy, this film is something to pick up because it is a fantastic romantic comedy.
Andie MacDowell is also pretty fantastic in her role as a woman unsure of what she wants out of a relationship. With a great and humorous supporting cast behind them, namely Rowan Atkinson's bumbling priest, Four Weddings and a Funeral has enough of a great ensemble to keep things interesting for the near 120 min run time.
If you're tired of current romantic comedies based on this style of film, than you should really go back and visit the one that started it all. Four Weddings and a Funeral is sweet and charming, and actually rather insightful. You won't be let down by the film.