Tuesday, 28 May 2013

The Big Wedding


Sunday morning cinema time again! This time something a lot lighter - The Big Wedding.

Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro play a divorced couple, Ellie and Don, meeting up for the first time in years for the wedding of their adopted son, Alejandro. To further confuse matters, Don is now living with Ellie's former best friend, Bebe (Susan Sarandon), and Alejandro somehow didn't bother to inform his real mother that his adoptive parents got divorced. As she's arriving from Columbia for the wedding, he'd like Ellie and Don to pretend to still be married - just for the duration of his wedding. Will they re-ignite their old spark? and where does this move leave Bebe?
Throw in some further romantic difficulties for Ellie and Ben's two other children and you've got a multi-generation rom-com - sort of It's Complicated meets Mamma Mia.

The Big Wedding is just about as star-studded as you could get - you might even spend more time thinking "Where do I know s/he from?" instead of actually watching. Robert De Niro wouldn't have been my first thought for casting in a romcom but he pulls it off surprisingly well. It's fun and light, everyone looks gorgeous and if it is a little predictable, so what? It's a romcom not deep psychological drama.

Would I watch it again? Probably when it turns up on TV - not one I'd dash out to buy the dvd of.

3/5 stars

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