Thursday, April 08, 2010

Top 5 Wedding Films

As I will officially be handing in my bachelor card on Saturday, and keeping with this week’s marriage theme, today I will look at some of my favorite wedding related films.

Top 5 Wedding Films



Muriel’s Wedding
This film introduced me to the wonderful talents of Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. The picture works on several different levels: it is a tale about friendship, a romantic comedy, and a great underdog story. Muriel’s Wedding also helped to make ABBA relevant again…though I am still on the fence as to whether or not that was a good thing.




The Best Man
Underrated gem in my opinion. Yes The Best Man has a few melodramatic moments in it, but nothing as bad as what you find in most Tyler Perry’s films. Despite its minor flaws, you cannot deny the overall charm of the film. Plus, I absolutely loved the casting in the film.



Rachel’s Getting Married
Some may be surprised to see this include in the list. Personally, I think the list would be bare without it. The rawness of the performances hits you like an emotional punch to the stomach. Yet there is a truth to the family dynamics, which makes this a film a must see. Weddings and funerals bring out the best and worst in families, and Rachel’s Getting Married is proof of this. Still, sometimes you need to see the worst before you can appreciate best of what family has to offer.



Four Weddings and a Funeral
You knew this had to make the list. I will take this film over the likes of Father of the Bride any day. Rowan Atkinson’s cameo alone is worth the price of admission. One of the few romantic comedies that will still have me laughing after multiple viewings.


 


Monsoon Wedding
Mira Nair’s film holds special significance from me. 2001 was the very first year I went to TIFF. After the events of September 11, 2001, there was an air of uncertainty at the film festival (would they cancel the rest of the festival?) and within the world in general (would there be more attacks?). The TIFF organizers decided to continue the festival; and Monsoon Wedding happened to be my 9 am movie on September 12, 2001. This joyous film was exactly the medicine we all needed to lift our spirits. It is a simple, but effective, reminder of the beauty that love and family bring to the world.

7 comments:

  1. My sister LOVES The Best Man so much, it's only this past weekend she made us watch it AGAIN. But it's definitely good, and Nia Long is so lovely.

    I'm sure you're missing a nice wedding pic, but I'm not sure what.

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  2. All excellent choices but Monsoon Wedding is particularily inspired. I think Mira Nair is an unfortunately underrated director and think films like this, Salaam Bombay and The Namesake are beatiful, personal films.

    I'm suprised you didn't include either the original or remake of Father of the Bride.

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  3. Well done good sir! You are about to have an unforgettable day, and I should know - my unforgettable day was just six months ago! (If you scroll back in my blog to october, you'll read about a lot of the goings on)

    As for this list, it's a good'n, though Lady Hatter would disapprove of the fact that BETSY'S WEDDING is nowhere to be found here.

    Congratulations to you and the bride-to-be. Have a great time...we'll babysit the internet for you while you're away.

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  4. @Andrew - I cannot argue with your sister on this. The Best Man is one of those films that deserves a viewing once every couple of years.

    @Mike - I am also surprised that Nair has not had a bigger career. While I have not seen "Amelia", I have enjoyed her other works.

    As for Father of the Bride, I came close to including it on the list but I just loved these five movies more.

    @Hatter - Thanks for the well wishes. The Honeymoon will not be until the summer, but I will probably be offline for a few days afterwards (already pre-set a post for Monday).

    Belated congrats to you as well. I now know who to contact when I need marriage advice. :) As for Lady Hatter's choice of Betsy's Wedding, it has been years since I saw the film. I vaguely remember not enjoying it...I may need to watch it again.

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  5. I feel pretty bad - I have not seen any of the aforementioned films...

    Wedding Films ... eugh.

    BUT, Congratulations on your Wedding Sir!

    Simon
    www.screeninsight.com

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  6. Four Weddings And A Funeral is definitely the best of those!

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  7. Great story about Monsoon Wedding. I can't be sure, but that might have been the first Indian movie that I ever saw.

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