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The West Wing
Directed by Gary Winick
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson
Review by Matthew Toffolo
Two best friends become rivals when they schedule their respective weddings on the same day.
HOW? WHY? What happened? The year is very young but BRIDE WARS could be the head scratcher of 2009 because I don't know what went wrong. You have yourself two very dependable leads who fit right into this Romantic/Comedy genre and a director who has also done it before too. So what did go wrong?
For people who haven't seen Bride Wars yet, please don't because all you have to do is watch the trailer (SEE BELOW) and you have everything you need to know. The trailer gives you all of the key comedic situations and it tells you exactly what's going to happen in the end. So what's the point of watching the film? There isn't any.
There wasn't one surprising moment in this film. The trailer, and the title of the film for that matter, tells you exactly what the plot is. So we have to sit through 30+ minutes of them setting up the plot that we already know. In that time, we at least hope to get to know these people and what makes them tick. And of course set up the situation between the two woman and their friendship, so when they do both begin to turn on each other, we understand the pain and therefore the comedy they instill on each other in the 2nd act.
But we didn't get any of that.
Another thing that drives me mad is witnessing two apparently smart and successful people do really stupid things and basically act like 10 year olds. Is that what Hollywood is saying about making comedies? That the leads need to be dumb in order for us to laugh? Or worse, that these are how successful females act like? It's just sophomore stuff and it's scrapping at the bottom of the barrel.
Bride Wars really could've given us two great female role models and help set the bar for future comedies like this. Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson both have the abilities as actresses to really push the envelope. But of course the producers of this film decided to play it safe and playing is safe always means you're afraid. And when you're afraid, you fail.
Having Hudson and Hathaway especially play these roles is like trying to get Peyton Manning to play baseball. He's a brilliant football player, so let him do what he's good at. So it makes you wonder how these two actors got themselves into this film in the first place?
I guess you saw the writing on the wall when they buried Bride Wars in the beginning of January. If the studio actually saw potential for this film, they would of saved it for the months when there isn't snow on the ground. Another problem with Bride Wars is that it's playing against all of the current Oscar contender films at the cinema. So I don't think this film is that bad! It just appears to be that bad because I've been used to watching such good films in the last few weeks. So I think my emotions are grading this film on a curve. This movie is currently an F, but if I saw it in say June, I might just think its average.
I used to be a wedding videographer back in the day so I've been to tons of weddings, and have been a part of the many setups of a wedding. And Bride Wars really had no idea what is funny in these situations. There were so many scenarios that they easily could of taken advantage of, but of course they didn't.
Watch the trailer and move on. There's nothing more to see.