Best Man Down (2013)
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There were many directions in which writer-director Ted Koland could take this story - dead guy at the wedding, new marriage tested by extreme circumstances, a friend's hidden life - but none of his choices are remotely interesting.
Finding much of value in this film is tough, but there's enough to keep it afloat.
... broad and obvious comedy that never generates many laughs or captures a consistent tone.
Perhaps there's a different cut of Best Man Down out there somewhere, one that's patient and sincere. In its current state, the movie seldom penetrates, playing like a highlight reel of initial intentions.
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I only borrowed this because it was a free rental. I really expected a lame comedy wedding flick and to just watch ten minutes and switch it off. Very pleasant surprise. This is a drama, and it's definitely not about a wedding, though the couple have just married. Instead, it's about relationships and several dysfunctional people and how well you really know the people.in your life. It's nicely done and looks beautiful, set in the snow. Cast are all good too. Well worth a look. I'm surprised by the low rating. I guess maybe others were disappointed it's not a wedding movie as such.
Is it just me or is it hard to find Tyler Labine unlikable? He's got this presence about him where he could be getting drunk and making a scene at his best friend's wedding and still be the most likable person in the room. It's unfortunate that this film isn't better than it actually is, because it's clear that its heart is in the right place. But the film has trouble finding its own identity amidst the crowded indie comedy genre. The film is certainly watchable thanks to its cast, but the film's themes are muddied and it isn't as emotionally resonant as it should've been. There's an universal story at its core. Finding out that your best friend for years has a heart condition that was gonna, and eventually did, kill him. There's a guilt that goes along with that, where you didn't keep up with him when he probably needed you the most and how that could, very justifiably, wreck a person emotionally. But the film doesn't really do a good job at capturing that, because it's also Ramsey's, Lumpy's only friend during the last year of his life, story and how Lumpy helps her cope with her very unstable home life. It was a good idea but the writing was as predictable as is humanly possible. The film is certainly not bad but it disguises scenes with a sad score in the background as real emotion. This is not bad, a really good cast do their absolute best but they're hampered by a script that has good intentions and nothing else.
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