The Big Wedding Reviews
The adventurously dippy Ellie (Diane Keaton) and amorous sculptor Don (Robert De Niro) have been happily divorced for many years, whilst the fun-loving and carefree Bebe is Ellie's best friend and Don's girlfriend.
The neurotically alternative yet highly sucressful Griffin family is rounded out with Don and Ellie's three grown children. The youngest of which, Alejandro (Ben Barnes) was adopted from Columbia, and is now in the process of arranging his wedding to the exuberant Missy (Amana Seyfried) which provides the conduit to the films farcical complications.
By inviting his devout catholic birth-mother Madonna (Patricia Rae) to the wedding, Don and Ellie must pretend to once again to be married to gain her approval, and although they agree can the whole family lie convincingly enough?
As things get complicated for the impending groom, his lawyer sister Lyla (Katherine Heigl) is obsessively preoccupied by her non-responsive via text ex-boyfriend, and doctor brother Jared (Topher Grace) doesn't understand how he can't find true love as a 30 year-old virgin.
The following ridiculous shenanigans need little explanation, from misunderstandings to mildly rasist comments, the film bears such little resemblance to the real world it proves hard to relate. The "norm" family these days has its own unique brand of quirk, but this is a major leap.
A genuine fan of Susan Sarandon, her vapid insufferable and overwrought character left little to be desired while Diane Keaton is butters her bread with the usual all of the above but seems more painful than usual. I didn't think Robert De Niro could slip any further than Meet the Fockers, however apparently I was wrong, and while Robin Williams always adds a little something to the mix there is something awfully familiar about his catholic priest role, actually there is something familiar about the whole thing.
As the four aforementioned are all Oscar winners, it is easy to lay blame of this film onto the right shoulders, their agents. What on earth were they think? Were they bribed by the director? Seriously!
The Verdict: Suffering from a complete lack of consistency, empathy and taste, The big wedding is a big must miss. The unmitigated disaster of ill-timed zingers produces little more than mild chuckles complimented by an unholy feeling of shame for the fallen stars.
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 03/05/2013
Oeps , seen again yesterday . Uhm just ok !
It didn't start out bad. There was something interesting going on here. For me it was the relationships and dynamics between Keaton's, DeNiro's, and Sarandon's characters.
As it got closer to the end, there was just a bit too much negative tension and piles of uncomfortable drama for my preference. I'm expecting a happy wedding finale and it's just not getting there.
With a title called The Big Wedding, I was hoping for something more light-hearted, something closer to My Big Fat Greek Wedding. This should've been called The Big Drama Wedding.
The Big Wedding just wasn't funny, it could have been, but it wasn't. I think it was trying too hard to make people laugh and when you try too hard to make something happen, it rarely ends up being a good thing. The positive things often happen by chance, I hope the director and the screenwriter can learn something from this in the near future.