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When Hollywood decides to go put two big names in leading roles together you sometimes have to be concerned about them trying to outperform each other which can lead to the performances actually suffering for it but with it being rare to see two leading ladies put at the core of a film in recent years would this have the same risks?
The film sees the story of Emma Allen (Anne Hathaway) and Liv Lerner (Kate Hudson) who have been best friends since childhood and long discussed, planned and even stored items in relation to their dream wedding day. The two friends have remained best friends who see each other everyday so when they both get engaged at the same time their long held plans for their dream wedding at the Plaza Hotel are quickly put in to place with the help of the best wedding planner in New York, Marion St. Claire (Candice Bergen) but when their weddings are booked for the same date the two friends need to decide what is more important. The film sees a journey of friends battling to make sure that they are the one to have the wedding of their dreams no matter what it means for their best friend and we watch as their friendship is put under major stresses and strains on the way. I will leave things there so that I don''t give away any more.
Overall for me this is an OK film which does have some funny moments that are delivered well. The chemistry between Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson is really good and my concerns over them trying to outdo each other were proven to not be needed as the roles enabled for them to push themselves and show off their acting abilities in a well thought out comedy that sees a huge amount of focus on friendship and just how important this relationship is above all else.
Is it worth seeing? If you can pick this up for a good price then it is a film which will provide some laughs for a night and one you may watch a few times as it provides a non-offensive comedy that has friendship at its core.
After a very long tiring weekend, my partner and I finally sat down last night to relax - and we decided to watch a film. We were pretty exhausted so decided to go with something easy to watch. We are getting married next year so my other half suggested we watch something wedding related. He wouldn't usually suggest this so I grabbed the opportunity and suggested we watch 'Bride Wars' as I have a DVD of it which I picked up for a couple of quid a while back and hadn't got round to watching it yet.
To be clear, I was never expecting a cinematic masterpiece from this film. I knew it would be quite cheesy, I knew the storyline would probably be a little dodgy, and I knew the cast didn't feature any of my favourite actors. But I thought it would probably tick the box when it comes to finding something to watch which requires little concentration and is fairly enjoyable.
I won't go into too many details of the plot (not that there are many to go into), but it's obvious from the picture on the DVD case alone that this film is the story of two best friends who are both due to get married and end up falling out in the process. Hathaway and Hudson play the two friends (Emma and Liv), they both become engaged and the film is about the fall-out that occurs when there is a mix-up with the wedding planner's and the two end up with weddings booked at the same venue on the same date (because this happens all the time). It's all extremely predictable, unrealistic and cheesy. Most of the film is taken up by the two so-called friends trying to sabotage the 'big day' of the other. The tactics used to do this are all beyond realistic and extremely unfunny. One of these involves one of them being sent cake and cookies and other treats by the other and being unable to resist shovelling them into her mouth which results in her gaining 5 lbs and her wedding dress being unable to fasten. The 'pranks' in the film just felt very tired, and almost slapstick-like.
The two main stars of the film are Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, the former of which I have always found extremely irritating and the latter of which has now unfortunately gone the same way in my estimations since watching this film. Despite finding her irritating I do think Hathaway has delivered some great performances in other films I've seen her in (I thought she was great in Love & Other Drugs and Les Miserables) and I can appreciate her as an actress. However this film is not one of her best. To be fair, this is probably more down to the weak storyline rather than her acting skills. I've only ever seen Kate Hudson in similar easy-watching, quite cheesy films so in my head I don't think of her as a great actress but she is usually ok as at playing this kind of character. I find both actresses extremely irritating in this film. It has put me off Kate Hudson and also confirmed the fact that I find Anne Hathaway annoying. I think it is nearly all down to the terrible characters they have to play and the storyline of the film, but it still reflects badly on them.
Supporting roles are played by Chris Pratt and Steve Howey who play the two fiancés of Hathaway and Hudsons' characters. They spend most of the film rolling their eyes and not getting involved in the whole wedding drama. I quite like Chris Pratt as an actor but he's not in the film that much and doesn't really have much acting to do so even he can't save this one. Howey doesn't really take away or add to the film in my opinion; he too is a fairly minor character.
Other supporting roles include Candice Bergen as the wedding planner; she seems to play the same role she plays in Sex and the City if you've ever seen her in that. Kristen Johnston also features as a stand-in Maid of Honour after the two women have their fall out and can therefore no longer be each other's. Her sharp tongue and rude comments can be slightly amusing in parts of the film, but again this does little to save it from being pretty terrible.
My over all verdict of this film is that I definitely wouldn't recommend it or watch it again. If you enjoy this kind of cheesy, girly film then you may find it watchable, but if not I wouldn't even waste 89 minutes of your life on it. I actually found myself cringing at some of the more unrealistic and silly moments of the film, and some of the reactions of the two so called intelligent main characters made me embarrassed to be a woman! Throughout the film I apologised several times to my fiancé for my suggesting that we watch it.
I would usually class this kind of film as a bit of a guilty pleasure for me but there was no pleasure to be had watching Bride Wars!
== About the film ==
Bride Wars is a romantic comedy film that was released in 2009. Rated PG, the film has a run time of 89 minutes.
== Plot ==
Emma and Liv have been best friends since they were children. They have also been planning every single detail of their weddings since seeing one at the Plaza when they were young. Now aged 26, both Emma and Liv have just gotten engaged. Both are determined to have their dream weddings at the Plaza, planned by the best there is, Marion St. Claire.
As the Plaza is extremely busy, there are only a few slots left and unfortunately, both Emma and Liv get booked in on the same day in a massive error. With neither woman willing to compromise, Emma and Liv set out to sabotage the other with the hopes that they will back out of the wedding on that particular day. Is one going to give in before everything turns out a big mess?
== Cast ==
Kate Hudson ... Liv Lerner
Anne Hathaway ... Emma Allan
Bryan Greenberg ... Nate Lerner
Chris Pratt ... Fletcher Flemson
Steve Howey ... Daniel Williams
Candice Bergen ... Marion St. Claire
Kristen Johnston ... Deb
Michael Arden ... Kevin
Victor Slezak ... Colson
Kelly Coffield Park ... Kathy
== What I thought ==
After having a pretty bad day at work, all I wanted to do was watch a cheesy, easy going chick flick so that I didn't really need to pay attention if I missed something. Flicking through my flatmates' DVDs, I realised that this was another one I hadn't seen so I put it into the DVD player with the hopes that it would at least be enjoyable.
As a romcom, I always expect a fair amount of predictability so that isn't something that I am going to complain about too much in this review. Due to the plot, as mentioned above, I didn't actually know if one girl was going to back down or if either/ or would actually get married in the end so it was a nice surprise to be kept guessing for a little while. The plot on a whole though, was uninspired and fairly bland throughout. There were no really exciting parts or anywhere that I thought was done spectacularly. Nothing about the plot really stood out for me apart from the fact that I hadn't seen a film like this before.
Due to the plot being pretty boring, the comedy also suffered. I think that with different writers maybe, Bride Wars would have been a whole lot funnier. There were definitely many places which could have been hilarious but instead, I just found myself staring at the TV. Considering the girls are out to sabotage each others' wedding, nothing massive was done in order to achieve this. The pranks that they played on each other could have been a whole lot better and there was nothing here that really made me even giggle a little bit. The pranks were just mundane and thoughtless.
Even though I really disliked the film, the acting was a much better. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway are both great comedy actresses and they didn't disappoint in this film. I think both did the very best that could have been done with the script they were working with and would have been really funny if the script was as well. Both actresses are very different so I thought that the friendship chemistry between the two was fabulous and the different personalities bounced off of each other well. I do think that Anne Hathaway was a little better than Hudson though but it would still be a pretty close call.
The male roles in this film were really not up to scratch. To begin with, the eye candy was seriously lacking and although the film is all about the girls, I still would have liked some hotter men to look at every once in a while. Daniel and Fletcher, the girls' fiancés aren't really in the film enough to have a good enough opinion about them. They only really popped up now and again and didn't do anything helpful for the film. I think they were only really there to back up the fact that Emma and Liv were getting married.
Overall, I didn't really enjoy this film. There wasn't nearly enough comedy or romance to keep me entertained and the script was extremely lacking. At least there were two actresses doing the best with what they were given though. I think this film will appeal to so many people though and I'm sure others will find it funnier than I did.
Having got control of the lovefilm list for a couple of weeks we seem to have come to an end of my film choices and be back watching what Jen wants to see. It was for this reason we ended up sitting down on Saturday night to watch Bride Wars. Now it would be fair to say that this really isn't a film I had any intention or desire to sit through, but because it was Saturday night and we weren't going out I apparently had to suffer. I had very low expectations, however even this didn't prepare me for the 89 minutes that followed.
The story concentrates on two childhood friends who have remained close and honest with each other into their adult lives. On the one hand we have Liv, who is a very strong and confident woman and on the other hand there is Emma, a school teacher who hates to disappoint people. Ever since they were kids they both dreamt of a June wedding at the Plaza in New York and when their partners propose they both visit Marion St Claire to arrange their weddings, one going for the start of June and the other the end of June. That is until an administration error means that both women's weddings are on the same day at the same time. From here they fight, argue and try and out so one another to make the perfect wedding.
Meeting Disappointment Head On
Whilst I will happily admit I didn't have huge expectations with this film I have to say how truly shocked I was by how bad it was. The film is brought to us by director Gary Winick who also directed the surprisingly good Letters To Juliet. With this movie though he has gone for and achieved every female, chick flick cliqued he could and crammed them into the hour and a half run time. At times the film, for me, is painful to watch. All the while I am suffering Jen is sat next to me captivated by the girls feud, whilst all I can think is why doesn't one of them just change the time or have a joint wedding.
I can't really put my finger on why but a lot of the plot just washes over me in an air of not really caring what happens. As a director he has very little to do as a lot of the sequences take care of themselves. There are no clever camera tricks needed and no special effects to enhance things. As far as the camera work goes he does a good job, it's just a film that really isn't suited to a male audience and Winick has made no secret of that. In fact I think the hour and a half runtime felt more like 3 hours and I was literally counting the minutes till it ended.
Casting a Loose Cannon
It was important for the premise of the plot that both lead actresses were capable of seeming a little bit unhinged and both Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson do manage to pull that off. At the start it is very believable that these two are best friends and their onscreen mannerisms really highlight that but the way they turn on each other without caring until the day before the Wedding is just asking the audience to buy too much. The sheer level of hatred that develops between two very convincing friends is both insulting and disrespectful to the audience.
Both ladies put in decent performances but the nature of their characters meant I really couldn't care what they did to each other. It perhaps wouldn't have been so bad had the comedy element been there but that too was sadly missing. The rest of the cast are just as unmemorable as this movie will turn out to be and although they all do reasonable jobs it is the sheer contempt the writers create around their lead characters that make this a particularly boring movie for any man to be able to sit through.
One For The Ladies
As you may have been able to gather from the above I really didn't enjoy Bride Wars. In total contrast Jen really enjoyed it and it's that point that really highlights that this is far more appealing to fans of chick flicks than to the majority of men out there. I've been happy to watch numerous films with Jen but this is one that if I ever see it again will prove to be too soon. The direction and the casting are ok but the contempt the writers treat the viewers with is unforgiveable and it's for that reason I really couldn't recommend Bride Wars. Gone is an hour and a half of my Saturday night I shall never get back.
I really love this film and have watched it several times as it is a nice girly film so just my cup of tea.
The two main characters are played by Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway and are excellent in their roles of two best friends who do everything together and even manage to get engaged at the same time. The plot involves the planning of both girls weddings but the twist happens when they find out their weddings are booked for the same day by mistake and the falling out between them is hilarious. They come up with lots of different to take revenge on each other to sabotage each others wedding day some of these acts being an extreme fake tan and blue hair.
This is a funny and enjoyable film without any seriousness so is nice and relaxing to watch. There is always something happening and it is a good fast pace so keeps me entertained from start to finish.
Both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway as usual are really great in this film and make the warring between each other very comical and believable.
I would recommend this film to all my friends.
Bride wars, is an ok film but not my kind of film.
Basically an acciedent happens and both of their weddings get booked on the same day. None of them want to change their day as the next place was ages away! So, they basically fall out and then at the wedding they make up. and share it.
What I thought of this film:
This film, isnt too bad. It had a good storyline but I found that the middle of it was a little bit boring, and not that much went on. His film, however, was quite humourous and funny to watch. They have tried to keep you entertained throughout, and so, there is humour the whole way through.
This film is more about the brides than the grooms, and so they arnt in it an awefully lot.
The acting was very good and believable. I liked the acting, and the people acting. The picked a good choice of people to use for the brides, as they really lived their role.
Would I reccomend this film:
Yes, it is a good film to watch, if you like romance films. If you not a big fan of them, you wont find it too bad but may get bored towards the middle.
Movie: Bride Wars
Film Duration: 85 minutes
Director: Gary Winick
Country: United States
Rating: All Ages
Kate Hudson as Olivia Lerner
Anne Hathaway as Emma Allen
Candice Bergen as Marion St. Claire
Chris Pratt as Fletcher Flemson
Bryan Greenberg as Nathan Lerner
The story is about Olivia Lerner and Emma Allen, both best friends of each other and they share a big dream. Both dream of their wedding with their perfect man in the Plaza hotel in New York. Both of these dream of it from when you were little and have saved for it. When they reached the age of 26 years they both asked to get married! How lucky! Now can they both plan their weddings! They go to the best wedding planner in New York and arrange both a separate date for the Plaza, a very popular location and it's full term of bookings. They cannot believe their luck and start planning. But they are called by the planner and it appears that an error was made and both weddings are exactly on the same day and scheduled the same time! But that is a disaster for both of them and ruins all the plans! A simple solution is to either move one wedding to another day, but that seems impossible because they would have to swap with someone or to marry until much later. Swapping seems impossible and from that moment the war is on and both do their best to sabotage the wedding from the other! Nothing goes too far and the big question is who will win?
The performances are good in this movie. Kate Hudson plays with Anne Hahaway, you knows actresses. Kate Hudson plays the role of Olivia Lernen, a successful lawyer who has it financially better then Emma. She is perfect and also gets her way. Kate plays the role really well and is very natural and credible. It's fun to see her, especially when she gets irritated. Anne Hathaway plays the role of Emma Allen and is the opposite of Olivia. Emma is a teacher and especially chaotic, but has a more soft and sweet character. She cares passionately about people and lives in a small apartment. She sometimes get's overwhelmed by Olivia, but this time it's different! Anna plays the role very well and is indeed very sweet and gentle. She is also credible in her acting. Another actress who is good isCandice Bergen in the role of Marion St. Claire. She plays the wedding planner that doesn't really likes she's much fun, but Candice plays this role very much.
There are a few extras including three deleted scenes that the film didn't make, and a kind of documentary called "the perfect white dress. This is about why it is so important for a woman to have the perfect dress and a piece about Vera Wang (a famous designer of wedding dresses). Moderate amount of extras, but nice enough.
I must admit that I found this a cute movie with funny situations. The film is mostly predictable of course, but the way the two brides are against each other is very funny and occasionally pretty harsh. The acting performances are very well. Especially Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson, also the main roles, play really well and carry the film whatsoever. Their reactions are very comical to watch. Fortunately, the film also doesn't take too long with just under a hour and a half. Too bad the moderate range in terms of extras, but the movie is fun enough.
I brought this DVD for my quiet night in on a Saturday night, having enjoyed a lot of the films with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway in, so I thought I would give it a go.
Liv played Kate Hudson and Emma played by Anne Hathaway have been friends since they were very young, they have been playing dress up and have been dreaming of their ideal weddings for many years.
Both of the weddings they have been planning for years are very similar and with an unfortunate outcome of events as they get engaged in the same week.
To make matters worse their weddings are then booked on the same day. With neither prepared to back down and cancel their dream day, the drama unfolds and they turn against each other.
Hudson and Hathaway play the roles really well as they convince the audience that they are best friends, whilst also showing the anger in the dirty tricks that they pull on each other.
The film is one of those films that are slightly predictable at the end which is slightly disappointing as I perfer films that have a suprise ending. But never the less the film had me engrossed from start to finish.
There are some great funny moments and it is hard to believe some of the thing that they do to each other to try and ruin the big day. It makes you appreciate how brides to be turn into their eveil alter ego when arranging a wedding.
This is definitely a chick-flick, but I would say that it is well worth watching for some Saturday night light entertainment.
The film Bride Wars is about the two women Emma (played by Anne Hathaway) who is a teacher and a kind of nice girl and Liv (played by Kate Hudson) who is a rich lawyer, both of these two are completely different. These two have been friends ever since they were young and met at a wedding at the plaza and have both been obsessed with getting married at the plaza in june ever since.
We meet them at age 26 at a time where they are both in serious relationships and are getting engaged.
They both go to see the wedding planner marion St.Claire to discuss and arrange their dream weddings but while they are dress shopping they find out that there has been an accident and their weddings have both been booked for the same day. As neither of the girls are willing to back down as there isn't annother free day in june at their dream wedding venue for annother three years that neither of them are willing to back down.
They both try to sabbotage each others weddings, i really like the scene in which it is liv's hen party and emma decides to gatecrash!
As a big fan of one tree hill i was quite happy to see Bryan Greenburg in this film, who played jake in one tree hill. He plays liv's brother who has a really nice relationship with emma.
This film isn't amazing but there are quite a few laughs. I bought this because i love both anne hathaway and Kate Hudson, i really liked anne hathaways acting in this film but was really disapointed by Kate hudsons acting.
Bride Wars is a film that I went to go and see at the cinema last year with a group of friends, it came out on DVD a while ago and I saw it in Asda the other day for just £5, but I don't think I'll be buying it anytime soon.
The film centres around two best friends who have planned every detail of their weddings together since they first witnessed a wedding at the New York plaza, since then they've made it a goal to be married in the plaza hotel and be each others maid of honour. They both end up getting engaged at the same time and go to the city's most exclusive wedding planner to get their plaza wedding, unfortunately there is a computer error and both of their weddings are scheduled for the same date, June 6th. Everything starts to go downhill from then onwards, Emma and Liv's friendship completely falls apart and they both resort to underhanded tricks to sabotage the others weddings, will they ever be friends again?
Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway play the leads, and they've really lowered themselves by appearing here ruining their best friends fake tan, etc as opposed to playing Jane Austen! While I loved Anne Hathaway in the devil wears Prada and How to lose a guy in 10 days, this just wasn't the same quality of chick flick at all. It really lives off a bad impression of women as well with how mad these two go over their weddings, and how quickly their friendship dissolves into rivalry.
See it if you want too, but I'm not promising anything good!
I am not reviewing the DVD of this film, but just the film itself.
I recorded this from Sky Premier a couple of weeks ago and watched it on Sky Plus yesterday.
Based in Manhattan, best friends, Liv, a lawyer, and Emma, a teacher, dream of their ideal wedding, which they have done since they were little girls.
Emma, a sweet natured, kind girl is proposed to by her boyfriend. Expecting a proposal herself, Liv is disappointed that Emma receives the first proposal.
However, once each is engaged on the same day, they decide to plan their weddings together, wanting to get married in June at The Plaza.
Marion St. Claire, a famous wedding planner, finds available dates for them to both get married in June, however her secretary makes a mistake and the weddings are booked for the same day.
Unable to reach a decision as to who will give up their wedding, each goes ahead with the planning of their wedding, and here begins the fall out.
Pranks and sabotages ensue, with each bride trying to ruin the other's wedding.
Anne Hathaway (Emma) and Kate Hudson (Liv) play their parts well, although Kate seems a little harsh in her role. Anne has a youthful face, whereas Kate seems to look older and more "mean" in her role.
The acting is good, however the only noticeable actors are the women, with the husbands taking a back seat role.
The story is told from the point of view of Marion St. Claire, which I don't think adds anything to the film.
The plot is fairly simple and basic and definately was never going to be an award winning film!
The film is a typical rom-rom, with a happy ending and an attempt at trying to have a moral of the story!
I would watch it again, maybe, if someone else wanted to watch it, but I would not choose to watch it myself - not because it wasn't a good film, but because it was just average.
Worth watching on a rainy afternoon if there are no other films on!
I am just reviewing the film of this, and not the DVD. This was shown on SKy Premier the other week, and I finally got round to watching it last week. I was looking forward to seeing it, and it was alright, but not a film I feel I would watch again.
The film is centred around 2 best friends - Emma and Liv played by Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson. They both live and work in New York. They have been best friends since they were little girls and have been dreaming about their Wedding Day, and how it would be. They have went to friends and colleagues weddings over the years, and tended to slag them off a bit. After all it wouldn't do for their day, and also they are determined to get married at the Plaza.
They both have boyfriends, but as of yet they are not engaged. We see them dropping hints a bit, but it seems like it is Liv that is more hell bent on getting engaged, and we see there is a bit competition. Liv seems a more nasty than sweet, kind Emma.
Emma ends up getting the engagement ring first, which seems to knock Liv a bit. Liv found a Tiffany box hidden in her house, so she was convinced that she was getting proposed to. At this point it seems like Liv's boyfriend seems to go along with the engagement because Liv says so. Anyway you get the impression he is used to pandering to him.
Ok, weddings set, time to go and get the Plaza wedding. They are both confirmed for 2 different dates in June. All sorted. Unfortunately it seems there was only 1 date up for grabs and it is up to the 2 brides to decide who gets the date. This now ensures that they both fight to get their dream. Not physical fighting, but Liv ends up getting her hair dyed blue, whereas Emma end up bright orange after a spray tan. We see the other girl sneaking around trying to sabotage what the other is getting done, and it all seems a bit juvenile in a way.
I also think that Kate hudson is made up to look older than what she is, whereas Anne is more fresh faced and sweeter looking. I just think KAte has a bit of a Hard looking face on her in this.
This film gets to the point quite quick, perhaps in about 20 minutes, then about 50 minutes of the antics that they get up to, and then the conclusion part which is anything up to 10 minutes.
This was alright, but not the best film i've seen and 1 I don't want to watch again.
Since seeing Kate Hudson in How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days and You ,Me and Dupree , I have become quite a fan of her , especially as she is in a lot of my favourite movies. So when I heard that she was in a new movie called 'Bride Wars' , I just had to see it.
Bride Wars is an American romantic comedy movie released in the United Kingdom on January 9th 2009. The film directed by Gary Winick , stars Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. Running time of this movie is just over an hour and twenty minutes at eighty nine minutes long. This movie is a PG which means it can be viewed by everyone , providing young children have an adult present with them at the time of viewing.The DVD is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.48 which is a decent price considering the DVD is fairly new.
Emma and Liv have been best friends forever. Ever since they witnessed a wedding , they have planned their perfect weddings , even the smallest of details. So now that they're older and in their twenties , it is now time for them to get married for real. Each girl is happy for the other , but what will happen when the both hire the same top wedding planner , who accidentally books their weddings the same day ? Will they still be happy for eachother ? Watch Bride Wars to find out!
First of all , this is definetely a girlie movie , so if your a girlie girl who's a big rom-com fan then you are sure to love this! Wedding lovers or those who are planning their big days will find this movie interesting , and may even allow them to see the funny side of planning a wedding rather than the serious , stressful side. This movie is especially good for a sleepover or girlie night.
I found this film to be really funny! There are some really comic and memorable lines in this movie which made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion. Such lines include :
Emma: [to Liv] Your wedding's gonna be huge, just like your ass at prom.
Liv: Your wedding better watch it. If I were your wedding, I would be sleeping with one eye open.
Although I enjoyed this film , I would definetely say that it isn't as good as Kate Hudson's other movies. At times it is a little far-fetched ; some of the things the two main characters do are a bit like 'oh ok' and proper over the top, but it does have good entertainment at times. I couldn't understand why there was so much fuss over booking two weddings on the same day , surely they could have change of the wedding's date to another day , rather than wreck a friendship and ruin a wedding all because of it. If the one bride had stolen the other's groom then maybe I could understand , but all that fighting just over the wedding date. I think it would have been interesting if the grooms had bigger parts than they did.
Despite the film not being that original , I did think that it was interesting seeing two brides organise their weddings , rather than watch just one Bride get all stressed out about it. It is a good film for groom-to-be's to see and appreciate how much work goes into organising a wedding from a Bride's point of view , especially the amount of stress.
This movie does provide some great light entertainment , especially for girlie girls , chick-flick and rom-com lovers and so I would recommend this movie . There are some great laughs to be had and all in all a great movie , even if at times it is a little over the top!
Thanks for reading
January 31st 2010
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Liv and Emma have been the best of friends since they were little girls. They met through their mothers at the Ritz where their obsession with Wedding started. They spend all their time together planning their perfect weddings and pretending to get married. The one thing which they are both agreed on is that they will get married in June in the Ritz hotel.
As they have grown up their friendship has never faltered and soon they find that Liv is about to get engaged. A shock comes for Liv when her boyfriend takes so long to pop the question Emma ends up engaged first. The women are so happy for each other and set off to see the wedding planner Marion St. Claire and agree on them both getting married at their dream destination. A problem occurs when the receptionist to the wedding planner makes the bookings for both weddings on the same day so the women have to decide who is going to have their dream wedding and who is going to move their venue or date.
This is where the friends start to show their true colours as neither are willing to back down. Just who will get their dream wedding in the dream location and on the date they have chosen?
The storyline for this film was good but nothing amazing. I found it was quite predictable at times but I am happy to say that the ending was a little bit of a good twist in my eyes as I was not expecting it. I thought it was well though but if a little more time was given to the script then this film could have been so much better.
Anne Hathaway played the role of Emma and I enjoyed her performance, she came across as a bit of a quite girl who always did what she could to please people. She had a good relationship with her on screen boyfriend and at times they did give some funny moments. The role of Liv was completely the opposite to that of Emma, she was played by Kate Hudson and for me she seemed very wooden. I don't know why but I always felt as she was forcing her lines out and nothing seemed natural from her. She did have a quite good relationship and chemistry with Emma and I think this worked so well as they were so different.
The poor suffering boyfriends were good characters and I think I would have liked to have seen slightly more of them as they did bring some humour to the film. There were a lot of other supporting actors and actresses in the film and they all did the best with what they were given to work with and I think the diversity of them made for some good viewing. My particular favourite was the brother of Liv as he always worked well with the character of Emma.
The film was set in the present day in America so not much time or effort was needed with the costumes or the sets. I have to say I did enjoy seeing the wedding dresses and how crazy the women went over them. The music was good but nothing really stood out and made for good listening. There were no real special effects in the film to mention.
There is a lot of fun moments in the film which are mainly visual but some of them are spoken gags. I think the character of Emma was much better at delivering them and acting out the daft things than Kate was as she was too wooden.
As this is a film only review there are no DVD features to mention. The running time of the film 89 minutes and I found this was just long enough. Hubby did actually start to get bored half way through the film. The certificate is a PG and I do agree with this. The DVD is available for around the £5 mark from places such as Amazon and EBay.
Overall I am going to recommend this film as long as you do not expect too much, I really was expecting it to be a lot better. I would say that this is mainly for female viewers as my hubby found it to be rubbish and got so bored watching. A neutral 3 stars from me.
***Bride Wars (2009)***
Hmmmm, after reading poor reviews I thought I would stay away from this, but being bored I ended up giving in.
The basic premise is that two young girls have grown up together, best of friends, dreaming and planning their future weddings. In fact, you could say that it is their driving force and permeates every aspect of their lives. The main characters are Liv (played by Kate Hudson) and Emma (played by Anne Hathaway). They both planned to have a June wedding at The Plaza hotel. Of course this is dependent upon someone asking them to get married in the first place. Of course, they are duly asked (well mostly, one of them pre-empts her boyfriend) with a day of each other. They are delirious and set about planning their weddings. The both choose a date in June and everything seems so perfect - until it appears the weddings have been booked for the same day! When they realise that one of them will have to back down and change their date, it quickly becomes a feud and the film progresses as they both try to sabotage, each others wedding.
Kate Hudson - Liv Lerner
Anne Hathaway - Emma Allen
Bryan Greenberg - Nate Lerner
Chris Pratt - Fletcher Flemson
Steve Howey - Daniel Williams
Candice Bergen - Marion St.Claire
Kristen Johnston - Deb
Overall, I should have trusted my initial judgment and not have bothered. It wasn't terrible, it was just a bit - well, what's the point really? The actress I like and I think that they did quite a good job. I particularly enjoy watching Kate Hudson when she does comedy, it's just that this wasn't so funny. In fact, it was sort of embarrassing for women, to have a film that depicts them losing their minds over the detail in planning the perfect wedding, rather than being that bothered about the man they are marrying!
The film starts off ok, as it introduces the character. Yet, once the fun and games begin it all gets a bit silly and totally unbelievable to say the least. With any story I think that to empathise with the main protagonist(s) you have to actually believe that some of the events could take place or would even be possible. I didn't really believe the stunts they pulled could have actually come off and what's more, I didn't really care.
The soundtrack was unremarkable and I can't really recall any of the songs to be honest. The supporting character of Deb, I did like. She played a really horrible woman, who was cringe worthy and I did find her quite funny.
Having said this funny was few and far between - I knew I was supposed to laugh, but the truth was I just didn't find some of the gags funny.
The future husbands were also bland and lacking character - I wondered why they were getting married. The ending was also too predictable.
The whole film smacked of two big stars doing it for the money. I think they have been in some reasonable films that were at least worth watching. This however, was poor. Whilst they may not be oscar winners, I am sure that they can choose better projects than this. The film also used some edgy photo stills shot within the film, which I didn't think worked and looked out of place here.
The film is currently on Sky Anytime, but is available to buy from Amazon for £5.98. It is 85 minutes and rated 15.
Don't waste your money OR your time, you will feel frustrated, won't laugh and if you are female, will be slightly embarrassed by the light it portrays women in.