“ Genre: Romance / Theatrical Release: 2008 / Director: Anne Fletcher / Actors: Edward Burns, Melora Hardin, Katherine Heigl, Brian Kerwin, James Marsden ... / Blu-ray released 2008-04-29 at 20th Century Fox / Features of the Blu-ray: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen „
On screen romance and off screen romance are two very different things. There are several famous couples who have tried to be romantic on screen but have failed miserably. Famously the once wed Cruise and Kidman tried and failed several times. There are other famous on screen couples who hated each other on the set, but in the film they worked. Therefore, it is the chemistry between the two leads that make a romantic comedy work. The scripts, jokes and plot are normally so obvious that as an audience you know exactly what is going to happen. Therefore, you need to enjoy the journey. '27 Dresses' stars Katherine Heigl, a woman who proved her funny bone in 'Knocked Up', but does she have what it takes to play the lead? And more to the point will the romantic foil of James Marsden create the necessary chemistry?
Heigl plays Jane a woman who has become so adept at being a maid of honour that she has been a bridesmaid 27 times. Marsden plays Kevin a journalist who meets Jane by chance at a wedding; he sees in her a potential story about a woman who is always a bridesmaid never a bride. They instantly dislike one another but they are forced to get along when Jane's sister falls for Jane's boss and they plan to wed. Jane now finds herself organising the wedding for her spoilt sister to the man she has secretly pined after for years. Can she juggle the wedding and her own feelings whilst trying to cope with the pesky journalist?
'27 Dresses' is probably best described as a quintessential romantic comedy as it does exactly what it is meant to do and not much more. However, in a genre full of more than its fair share of rubbish, we should glad for even this. With its slight cynical edge '27' fits more into a modern mould of romantic comedy were the characters have quirky flaws and are not always perfect (see 'How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days'). Thankfully director Anne Fletcher has cast a set of actors who can pull of the genre brilliantly. Heigl is certainly the standout and it is clear that she has great comedic timing and is inherently likable. However, like in any film of this sort the female lead is only half the story so it is imperative that Marsden is just as good, which he is! Initially I found the character of Kevin a little snarky and unlikable, but Marsden is a charismatic enough actor to be able to pull the role off and he soon becomes a likable person.
The side roles are populated well, but none overshadow the leads. Ed Burns is incredibly dull as the lost love George, but as he is meant to be playing a slightly dull character this works. Perhaps the sister played by Malin Akerman is the stand out supporting role as although she begins as annoying she has some highly amusing scenes towards the end that highlights Akerman's ability to do comedy.
With the chemistry intact and a solid cast why is '27 Dresses' still only an average watch? I have to admit that I did enjoy myself watching it and as 90 minutes of pure entertainment you could not go far wrong. It's the fact that it is so generic that prevents it from being a must watch for me. I know that as a genre the romantic comedy almost plays towards the audience. You know for a fact what is going to happen, but '27' hardly deviated from this well worn path at all. All the jokes and chemistry were modes of distraction from what was a simple and slightly dull central thread.
It's hard to knock this film too much as it feels mean. The cast make it perfectly watchable and the script is funny enough to make most people chuckle once in a while. As a 12A it skirts with being rude, but overall it is a sweet little film. However, as a fan of innovation in cinema I cannot give this film more than three stars. It's dogged sticking to tried and tested Rom Com rules means that it is never given the freedom to become great. With Heigl and Marsden as the leads you will have a fun time watching it, just do not expect to remember it in the morning.
Director: Anne Fletcher
Starring: Katherine Heigl and James Marsden
Price: Play.com £17.99 (BluRay)
In terms of BluRay the film benefited slightly, but not a huge degree. There are no added extras on the disc worth having so a DVD purchase would suffice. The one that I did watch was for the benefit of my partner as we went into depth about the different bridesmaid dresses on offer. The hideous thing was that many of them were real or based on real concepts!
I have hear about this movie from my friend and when i have seen in Blockbuster, I though I would rent it.
The cover of the movie has a main character from the movie Katherine Heigl in the dress with the name of the movie.
Katherine Heigl (Jane Nichols) is playing a sweet girl, who wants to please everyone. She is not only planning the wedding for her friends, but also being the best bridesmaid the people can ever wish. She is collecting all her dresses from the weddings and that 's where the name of the movie come from. At the beginning of the movie Jane is going from one wedding to another and changing dresses in the taxi. In the one of the wedding Jane's goes to is a James Marsden ( Kevin)
who is writing those romantic columns about weddings. When he is Jane coming from one wedding to another, he sees in her good story for his newspaper. At first it seems like those two are gonna fall in love with each other, but Jane is already in love with her boss, who cannot have a better assistant, who is taking care of everything, but he never notice Jane's love for him. Who is gonna win Jane's hearth?
Katherine Heigl( Jane Nichols):
she is very good in this movie and she is a friend and a bridesmaid I think every girl wish to have. She is doing everything she can for other people, but later she is questing herself how to say people no and if should not start to take care of herself more.
James Marsden( Kevin)
is cynic writer, who is writing all those romantic stories about the wedding, but doesn't want to admit he is writing it from his hearth. It seems like he is there to complicate Jane's life at first, but then he is the one who make her thing , when she will be one going down the aisle.
I have to say again I would expect a little bit more from the movie. I think one you start to watch , you already know what is going to happen later, so there is no unexpected end. As I mention before, this should be a romantic comedy, but it was very funny and either that much romantic for me, but it was still ok to watch it and I didn't fall asleep watching it, so it could not be that bad.
Grey's Anatomy's star Katherine Heigl is 27 Dresses' main character. She is immensely appealing as Jane Nichols, an ever helpful people-pleaser whose attentiveness to detail has made her the perfect bridesmaid for all her best friends (hence the 27 bridesmaid dresses!), but as yet, has never made it down the aisle herself.
The gorgeous James Marsden plays Kevin, a cynical reporter who notices Jane's habit as a serial bridesmaid and sees a story about a wedding junkie as his way to becoming a more successful reporter. The arrival of Kevin into Jane's life complicates her normal orderly day-to-day routine and his influence leads her to question what she wants for herself and the two lock horns. The arrival of Jane's younger sister Tess further complicates matters when she captures the heart of Jane's boss George (Edward Burns)- the man whom Jane is infatuated with!
27 Dresses is a pleasantly predictable romantic comedy and Heigl is effortlessly charismatic and makes the audience fall in love with her. It won't surprise you with any twists, turns or hidden depths, but overall it is a really enjoyable film.
27 dresses is typical great chick flick. Katherine Heigl (Knocked Up, Grey's Anatomy) is able to make the comedy moments of this moment as notable as the romantic ones.
The opening finds Jane (Heigl) racing from wedding to wedding where she is the most needed bridesmaid in each. The costumes are all part of the fun as she slips into ridiculous, glamourous and ornate outfits.
The plot develops as we learn Jane is in love with her boss, the dishy George (Edward Burns), who is everything she wants in a man. But to Jane's dismay he falls for her young and very pretty sister Tess (Malin Akerman) - who, by the way, is the spitting image, and sounds exactly like, Cameron Diaz.
The use of different actors in this film is a good point too, Heigl and James Marsden (X-Men, Hairdspray) are moving up in the Hollwood scene, but its nice to see the relatively newer faces of Akerman and Burns.
So as Jane has declared her love for organising weddings, she has to struggle to create the dream wedding for her sister and George. How she copes with this cannot be revealed, but the the highs and lows are worth watching!
I really enjoyed the comic moments of this movie, they really do make you laugh out loud, and Heigl is fantastic in them. I think she has a great aptitude for this kind of movie.
I wouldn't class this movie as a truly classic romcom and put it in the league of Notting Hill or When Harry Met Sally, but it is a very enjoyable romcom with Heigl doing what she does best.