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The 25 year engagement!!!
The Five Year Engagement (DVD)
Member Name: Frannybooboo
The Five Year Engagement (DVD)
After an interesting moment of walking into the wrong screen and being surrounded by children watching Ice Age for what felt like 10 minutes we eventually sat down to watch "The five year engagement" I had purposely not watched a trailer for this prior to viewing as sometimes I feel it gives away the best bits and you are just left with the missing "fill ins" to the puzzle which sometimes can be slightly disheartening. I had however, heard very good things about this film. Someone had told me it was deemed "The funniest film since bridesmaids" so looking back to that viewing, sat in the cinema crying my eyes out with laughter, it's fair to say I had pretty high expectations. Unfortunately those expectations weren't met. Here's why.....
THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT
Emily Blunt and Jason Segel take the main parts as the leading couple who decide to take a longer engagement than originally planned after some unexpected events occur. I have to say that Jason Segel is one of my favourite all time actors with "I love you man" and "forgetting Sarah Marshall" - two previous movies he has starred in being two of my all-time favourites. Meaning again, I had sky high expectations.
Having not seen the trailers I expected the film to be about two people possibly putting off the wedding with lots of comedy value, in actual fact they were wanting to get married but life kept throwing things at them meaning they had to keep putting it off, putting serious strain on their relationship and in the meantime "Emily's" sister gets married, has kids... to the "best man". To be honest it was a lot more serious than I had hoped, sure there were lots of funny parts and "laugh out loud moments" but again just not what I had hoped for.
Personally I would say it's more ROM than it is COM and after over 2 hours it ends up feeling more like a 25 year engagement rather than a 5 year engagement. The film starts out with the two Tom (Segel) and Violet (Blunt) living in San Francisco where Tom is a sous chef in a top restaurant, Violet is a student looking for a doctoral programme and of course in true movie fashion, she gets one, but it's far, far away in Michigan. Of course Tom agrees to move all the way over to Michigan to start a new life and they put off the wedding... after that we see adultery, extended stays, job rejections, family weddings, family deaths and everything else that comes with life. Tom turns into a depressed, crazy bearded hunter and they eventually go their separate ways.
I won't say too much but we do get to see a happy ending - although of course, we had all guessed there would be!! Walking out of the cinema I did feel a little disappointed, yes the cast were brilliant, the storyline worked and it did have plenty of comical moments - but there was something missing. I'm just not quite sure what exactly that was but I think it was the lack of comedy that I had expected. I don't think I would watch the film again, or at least I certainly wouldn't buy the DVD.
On reflection, I can only think that they possibly cut out a lot of scenes to keep the rating down to a 15 as I have been told a lot of things that were on the trailer weren't on the final film so it will be interesting to see if they come out with an unrated version, I still think the film would drag out though. I would say that the movie is around half an hour too long. Whilst this review is predominantly negative I would recommend it, but just think of it more as a drama with some funny inserts and I think you will enjoy it much more.