My Review of "Marry Me (2022)"
A movie that truly relies on the charisma of it's two main characters.
Marry Me (2022) has just come out on streaming platforms and it's probably exactly what you're expecting. If you've seen the trailers then you probably know the whole story. There's nothing really there to throw you off the formula you're expecting.
The movie starts off with one of our main characters Kat. She's a global singing sensation with millions of followers. Here Kat is preparing for a really special performance. Her and her fiancé Bastian are going to get married on stage with 20 million of their adoring fans watching.
There's a huge production and just as Kat is going to go up on stage for her famous song Marry Me, some sort of social media controversy happens. It's leaked that Bastian has been cheating on Kat with Kat's assistant.
Devastated by the news but always the professional Kat still goes up to her adoring fans and delivers a speech of her hopeless romantic ideals of love. There she spots our other main character Charlie.
Charlie had been brought to this concert because his coworker/best friend Parker wanted to go. It was also for him to score points from his daughter who is a huge fan of Kat's.
At this moment Charlie is carrying a sign that Charlie had handed him saying "Marry Me". I guess Kat thought this was a gesture she thought was genuine. She gets him to come up on stage and asks him to marry her on stage instead of Bastian.
Seeing as Kat is visibly upset from the whole Bastian thing. Charlie decides to go with the ceremony and say yes to the nuptial. They then escape the adoring fans and hounding paparazzi.
The next day we go through publicity damage control. Kat realizes what's been done and wants the public to know she's actually going to try to make this work. Meanwhile Charlie doesn't really want to get involved anymore as he's not into celebrity and status. All he wants to do is be a good math teacher and a good father.
Despite Charlie's hesitation he finally agrees to help Kat's experiment and you basically know what's going to happen for the rest of the movie. It's a silly formula but it works for the most part.
What makes this movie really work is the charm of Kat and Charlie. It's as if nobody is there and it's just the two of them on screen all the time. These two have pretty good chemistry onscreen and it really helps the viewer get onboard with the story. We all become invested with these two caring individuals.
Surprisingly, you never really hate anyone in this movie. Although Bastian screwed up with cheating on Kat we soon realize that it's his nature. We all know this kind of person and it was best that Kat didn't marry him in the first place.
Each of these characters are exploring their own questions. Despite being a boring math teacher Charlie needs to learn that he has to see other ways of doing things to make something work. In contrast, Kat needs to become more dependent of her own abilities and really discover what she wants. In that regard the two are quite similar despite their obvious different backgrounds.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. Yes there are a ton of holes in the plot but again you don't go to watch romantic comedies for air tight stories. They all fit under a familiar template that leaves us comfort while watching. This comfort is further exacerbated by the charisma of the lead characters and their chemistry together. I have to give this movie a 7 out of 10. It's a great watch if you're into this genre of movies.