Four Weddings and a Funeral Review
An incredibly enjoyable romantic comedy with likable performances throughout
This review comes from my Letterboxd profile, where I review the movies I watch.
Happy New Year, everyone!! For my first movie review and new movie of 2020, it's time to take a look at one of Hugh Grant's most famous movies that I didn't even realize he was in until tonight. Yeah, I didn't know anything about this movie before tonight. In all honesty, I thought it was a comedy released in the 60's in the light of Breakfast at Tiffany's or something like that. Clearly, that's not the case, but I am completely okay with it.
Once again, subjectively, for me, this is a 4.5 star movie because of just how much fun I had while watching it. However, there are a few flaws that keep it from getting that actual rating objectively. The first is that I never really got a sense of real camaraderie between all of the different people in the main group. I could buy that they were friends, surely, but their relationship as a group didn't get nearly enough development for me to really call them the best of friends. The second is that I feel like a lot of these problems would have been resolved if the main two just gave each other their dang phone numbers the first time they met. I mean, come on, Hugh's character makes a complaint later in the film that they never rang each other, which suggests to me that they either gave each other their number (which I never saw) or they regretted not giving each other their number in the first place (which I agree with). That's a pretty big plot hole. Couldn't he have just called her once and she never called back or something? That would have fixed the problem pretty easily and still kept literally ALL of the same script beats. There's a third that I will elaborate on later.
The rest of this movie, though, was a total blast from start to finish. This did exactly what Death at a Funeral should have done: live up to its title and actually be funny throughout its majority. A lot of the humor comes from the very charming performances and characters, who are all a total blast to watch and get to know. I swear, I haven't put myself in anyone's shoes like I did with Hugh Grant's character in this movie in a while. His awkward-yet-trying-to-be-cool personality really reminded me of times when I've tried to talk to girls and failed miserably, and that charm carries throughout the entire movie. It helps that him and Andie MacDowell have great chemistry and are both great here, of course, but his charm really carried throughout the entire film.
That's really the best way I can sum up this film: charming. Sure, some of its humor doesn't feel as over-the-top as I hoped it would go (that's my third main problem), but this is British comedy, not American comedy, so I think I need to put that into perspective as well. On top of that, when this movie decides to go over-the-top, its humor lands tremendously. Rowan Atkinson gets a scene where his character tries to marry people for the first time and keeps screwing up that had me metaphorically rolling. That scene was so hilarious and I'm really glad Atkinson got a chance to shine in his limited screen time. The climax is all sorts of intense, with the audience members feeling the same kind of nervousness that Charles is feeling as he's about to make the biggest decision of his life. It's really great and a fun/slightly cringeworthy conclusion.
If you want to watch a fun romantic comedy that isn't intricately developed but has likable characters and a fun story, this is definitely the movie you should watch. I'm definitely gonna watch this again at some point, and like I said earlier, I am so glad that unlike Death at a Funeral, this movie actually gives us what the title promises: four weddings and a funeral. That's all I ask for here, guys. If you're gonna title your movie something like that, you're making a promise. Please deliver that promise, and they did.
Letter Grade: A-