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Friday, December 26, 2014

285 of 1001 Movies: Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

From director Mike Newell, and famed screenwriter, Richard Curtis, comes one of the most British films there is, Four Weddings and a Funeral. I have to admit I didn't overly enjoy Love Actually, but I really loved About Time from Richard Curtis. Maybe he just needed to dump Hugh Grant finally? I think overall I enjoyed the story, but I've never been huge into this specific type of romance, and the acting left something to be desired.

Summary: The movie centers on Charles and his group of friends throughout the duration of four funerals and a wedding. Charles is a good guy, but he's also a bit awkward when it comes to expressing his feelings. He meets Carrie at a wedding, and he finds out that if he really wants to win over love then he might need to become better about expressing that then. Carrie doesn't waste time though, and through four weddings and funerals not only does a lot change in their own lives, but the lives of those that surround them as well.

The two main leads are Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell as Carrie. I don't think neither were bad in their roles, but also they didn't hit in making the memorable impact that the screenplay seemed to showcase they could. Actually, Grant is fitting for his character here. As a guy who wasn't who he is now there isn't an energy of being uptight that is in this role that transcends into his other ones. I'm still not a huge Grant fan though. The character seemed capable of a lot more. Now MacDowell might have spoiled the movie for me, or at least the vibe of it. I don't think she is a bad actress, but not particularly suiting for the role. More so, my confusion was what laid in the motives of her character? Was she making the choices she were because the possibility of taking a chance with Charles scared her? MacDowell's portrayal left me unaware of what emotions the character was experiencing.

There was one character that I was transfixed by, but in a huge array of characters takes a back seat. Kristen Scott Thomas was Fiona in the movie, and the character that most intrigued me. I also enjoyed her in The English Patient as well. Seeing the chemistry that Hugh Grant had with her, sort of makes me think it wasn't him that he was wrong for the role, but more so the pairing with him, Andie MacDowell. Thomas seemed to have real emotions going on with her character that pulled her in, but the movie is trying to handle a lot, which I admire Newell for, but also it is too much to develop.

I can see why the movie is a charming one. For a time when the romantic comedy was thriving in the 80's and on, this movie brought in a new element with romantic movies. Not only was it trying to handle the two leads romance, but also the intertwining relationship of a group of people as this is all happening. It was like the Friends of movies for the time. I admire it for what it embarked on, but there was some heartstrings I wanted pulled that weren't. Then again I find the two leads personalities very unattractive.


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