Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Movie Review: Love Wedding Repeat

If you have followed my blog or social media for some time now, you would know that I love a good romantic comedy. Love stories are big on my movies to watch list, so when I heard that Sam Claflin (who I adored in Love Rosie and Me Before You) had a new one on Netflix called Love, Wedding Repeat, I decided that I was going to watch it and make a review. 

In life, I think that while some believe in destiny, the way that we get there may vary depending on certain decisions that we make. Just one small change can influence so many other things happening around us depending on what we decide to do. This concept is the main premise of this story. Specifically, how the simple seating arrangement at a wedding, depending on who sits where, can result in many different outcomes and events, including a potential romantic relationship for Jack. 

Based on the French movie Plan de Table, this movie is set in Italy, where Jack (Sam Claflin) is trying to make sure that his little sister Hayley’s wedding goes on without a hitch. She had asked him to spike an unwanted guest’s champagne with her anxiety medication so that he can fall asleep at the festivities and not ruin it. Unfortunately, Jack had placed the medicine into a champagne glass just before a group of children had run into the reception area and rearranged the place cards on their table, resulting in the glass going to someone else. For the rest of the movie, the narrative revolves around the various ways that the day will end depending on who gets the spiked glass of champagne. Seated at the table are these eight people: Jack, Hayley’s male best friend/Maid of Honor Bryan, Dina (the woman Jack is attracted to, played by Olivia Munn), awkward/weird friends of the bride Rebecca and Sidney, Amanda (Jack’s ex) and her boyfriend Chaz, and Marc (the unwanted guest who wants to profess his love of Hayley during the wedding reception). 

Because the story revolves around the eight people in the one table, naturally the film needed an ensemble cast who could carry the whole story. Sadly, it did not work for me. I did not think that the scenes were are funny as they were supposed to be. I could see what it could have been, but for some reason, it just did not work. Maybe I just do not get British humor as much, or maybe the cast just did not gel as well as they should have. It got to the point that I did not want to finish the movie anymore because I was not enjoying it.  

The only reason that I was able to finish the movie was that I was casting it from my phone to my Google Chromecast while I was doing my daily workout, which means that I couldn’t stop it until I finished my exercise. Not a good sign for the quality of the movie if you ask me. It was disappointing since I have always been a fan of Sam Claflin and this is the first movie of his that I hated. 

It was too bad that I ended up being disappointed with the movie because I was looking forward to it since the first time that I heard about it. It was a beautiful setting and it was a very good-looking cast; it is just too bad that it ultimately ended up boring me. I have read that the original French film was a flop, so now I am surprised that they even made a remake of this in the first place.  

If you want to watch a good romantic comedy, pick something else. It had potential because of the concept, but it just did not get executed in a way that worked.


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