Monday, January 14, 2013

My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)

Number Rolled: 64
Movie Name/Year: My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)
Genre: Romance
Length: 104 mintues
Rating: PG-13
Director: P.J. Hogan
Writer: Ronald Bass
Actors: Julia Roberts, Dermot Mulroney, Cameron Diaz, Rupert Everett, Philip Bosco, M. Emmet Walsh, Rachel Griffiths, Carrie Preston, Susan Sullivan, Christopher Masterson, Raci Alexander, Jennifer Garrett, Kelleia Sheerin, Bree Turner

I feel the need to remind everyone that this blog represents only my own opinion of the movies I review. I feel that need because I know that I’m unjustly bias against this movie and most movies like it. It has nothing to do with the actors or the director; it has to do with the story line in general. So, in these cases, I guess I blame the writer.

I hate movies that make it seem like men and women must be in love if they’re best friends. Either in love or one party is gay. It makes me want to literally throw tomatoes at the screen. My very best friend is a male. We are both fans of the opposite sex; we just don’t see each other in that way. Before you go ahead and assume I friend-zoned him, I should tell you, we started out as more than friends. We were even engaged at one point. Our break up was the healthiest thing ever and we have been friends since with no interest in relapsing to that romantic point. We have simply always worked better in the platonic sense.

Movies like this plant into people’s minds that it is not ok to befriend someone of the opposite sex unless you are looking for romance. Which would really suck for me, if that was true, because I think I have four female friends in total. I simply prefer the company of male friends, I tend to have more interests in common with them.

For the actual review I’m going to try to put my personal view aside, but I’m finding that very, very, difficult.

This movie is about a woman who learns that her best friend is about to get married and suddenly realized that she’s in love with him, so she goes down to attend the wedding and break up his relationship. Quite frankly, the movie is only worth it if you’re interested in getting to the ending that you can probably already figure out. If you’re the kind of person who enjoys the trip as much as the destination, this might work for you. If you prefer to be surprised, move it along.

The movie opens up with a musical number that doesn’t include any of the characters from the actual movie. Which is stupid, in my opinion. A beginning musical (song and dance) sequence is only excusable in a movie from a musical genre or a movie in which the main character starting the story is a producer/director/actress/etc.; neither is true in this case.

The actors/actresses, however, did a lovely job in making me care. I think Cameron Diaz was a little too over the top, but I’ve known actual people like that so I can’t really say it was unrealistic. The ending was a joke, but there were some amusing moments throughout the rest of the movie otherwise.

If I ignore my glaring personal issue with the movie, it was fantastically average.

Overall Opinion – 3/5

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