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LOVE. WEDDING. REPEAT. (2020): The Things I Liked…

Love Wedding Repeat (2020), Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Netflix.
Love Wedding Repeat (2020), Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Netflix.

In new Netflix comedy Love Wedding Repeat, Sam Claflin is Jack, a big brother trying to make sure his little sister’s wedding goes as smoothly as possible. Quite the challenging task considering the various characters both invited and not who arrive with their own issues in tow. To further complicate things, Jacks ‘one that got away’ is there, plus a sedative gets misplaced with highly unhelpful circumstances.

Also starring Olivia Munn, Joel Fry, Freida Pinto, and Eleanor Tomlinson; director Dean Craig’s film has some good moments, both humorous and moving. Even though I did definitely laugh, I don’t quite have a specific, most memorable funny moment that stood out in a way that I could recount in years to come. Nevertheless, I did really like Fry’s physical performance once he was, let’s say, ‘under the influence.’ It’s in fact Claflin and Fry’s performances that stand out most for me in good ways. 

As for the aforementioned ‘moving moments,’ I’m a complete sucker for beautiful sibling relationships and Love Wedding Repeat certainly has that. Overall, the last third of the movie is my favourite. Surprise surprise! It’s where most of the beautifully written dialogue and affecting moments take place.

The things I wish were different about Craig’s movie just so I’d have had an even better time include, firstly, the idea of telling two versions of the same story. The way it was executed in terms of how everything flowed was a tad awkward. I also definitely don’t recall which character the film’s narrator (who sounded a lot like Dame Judi Dench) was supposed to be because i don’t think it was mentioned.

Love Wedding Repeat (2020), Olivia Munn, Netflix.
Love Wedding Repeat (2020), Olivia Munn, Netflix

Secondly, what I found most annoying overall – even though I forgot about it soon after because there was so much going on is the moving of the place settings. Perhaps too much time has passed since I’ve been to a wedding but it simply didn’t make sense to me why the children would move the names around on that specific table and so deliberately without being asked to do so. It all just seemed too convenient a plot device.

Thirdly, some of the humour in Love Wedding Repeat simply felt awkward because a handful of jokes seemed to go on for too long. I definitely thought (maybe out loud) ‘Yes, yes. I get the point’ a couple of times.

Last but not least, I know only too well that no one is perfect but it sucked a little to learn around the halfway point hat one of the characters I’d been rooting for wasn’t as honest as I’d hoped.  

On balance, Love Wedding Repeat is one of those comedies you watch without setting your expectations too high. It’s definitely not as smooth as Four Weddings and A Funeral (1994) or the first Bridget Jones Diary (2001) movie but it does have its charm. Especially if you’re partial to the best parts of romantic comedies.

Watch it for a little romance, a one hour forty minute virtual Italian getaway and good performances by Claflin and Fry in particular. The three main ladies good too and are also absolutely gorgeous. Namely Munn, Tomlinson and Pinto; not that you needed telling.

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BOOKSMART (2019): New trailer From Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Gordon, Jason Sudeikis, Beanie Feldstein …

Booksmart(2019), Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Booksmart (2019)

Directed by Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is a new comedy starring Kaitlyn Dever, Molly Gordon, Beanie Feldstein and Jason Sudeikis.

Feldstein and Dever play two academic superstars determined not to fall short of their peers as they try to cram four years worth of fun into a single night.

I’m interested because I like Wilde and I’ve never seen anyone quite so creatively fashion a mask using the hair on their head as is the case at 1:59 into this trailer.

Billie Lourd, Lisa Kudrow, Skyler Gisondo, Will Forte, Diana Silvers, Jessica Williams, Eduardo Franco and Michael Patrick O’Brien also star.

Booksmart Release Dates: May 24th, 2019 (US); May 27th, 2019 (UK)…

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A VIGILANTE (2019): New Trailer From Olivia Wilde, Morgan Spector, C.J. Wilson…

A Vigilante (2019), Olivia Wilde
A Vigilante (2019), Olivia Wilde

Witten / directed by  Sarah Daggar-Nickson, Olivia Wilde is the star of A Vigilante, a new drama / thriller about a woman once in an abusive marriage, that now helps victims escape their domestic abusers.

It’s been a while since I saw Wilde in a movie, let alone one where she gets to kick behinds that are deserving of a good kicking.

So far in this trailer, Wilde’s fighting abilities look rather convincing; always a quality I always appreciate

Tonye Patano, Betsy Aidem, Kyle Catlett, Judy Marte, Cheryse Dyllan, Jim Ford and David Shumbris also star.

A Vigilante Release Dates: March 29th, 2019 (US)…

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LIFE ITSELF (2018): New Trailer Starring Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas, Olivia Wilde…

Life Itself (2018), Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac
Life Itself (2018), Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac

Written and directed by Dan Fogelman, Life Itself  is a movie about people from New York to Spain whose lives intersect over the course of different generations…

Annette Bening, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas and Olivia Wilde star…

If you were thinking ‘wait a minutes. that synopsis sounds kind of familiar’, you’d be right, for director Fogelman is the creator of This Is Us, a hit TV show about the lives of the members of one family captured over the course of different generations.

I like This Is Us. It pretty much makes me cry at least once every episode. That’s because what’s captured very well in the writing is so true. One might also argue that I’m easily moved. I expect the same thing will likely happen with  Life Itself  – but of course, a different story with new characters.

Olivia Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson and Laia Costa also star.

Life Itself Release Dates: September 21st, 2018 (US)…

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