Four Weddings and a Funeral: Movie Review

Four Weddings and a Funeral
Starring Hugh Grant, Hames Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah, Kristen Scott Thomas

Humor. That is one area where the movie shines. Whenever the film tries to be funny, most of the time it succeeds in making the audience chuckle, if not laugh out loud every time. Well-balanced in its approach to the various genres within which it is trying to fit in, the director Mike Newell, regularly swaps the comedic antics of the cast with weighty poignant moments which seem convincingly sincere and yield genuine emotions in the viewer. The humor is crisp, English, almost Shavian, full of social commentary about the volatile nature of modern relationships and the almost elusive dream of finding the right partner for life. The results come out to be funny, affecting and consequentially heart wrenching at times. The subtle melancholic vibes surrounding the movie makes you feel for the characters and more than that it makes you feel for your own self. As you look closely at the lost, isolated characters who find solace in each other's loneliness, you realize how many people in the world have gone through similar phases in their lives where they feel hopeless about their futures, and simply start accepting the fact that they are never going to meet anybody with whom they can spend the rest of their lives with. Of course, at its core it is a light romantic comedy with a more sensible plot, commendable dialogues and more believable characters than the average brainless twaddle in this genre but what makes this movie good is all that its not. This is good, meaningful cinema. Some of the romantic scenes are exemplary in their direction and acting, particularly for the thrill and dramatic tension they create as the two central characters find it hard to express their convoluted feelings and and even harder to make the right choices for themselves, for each other and for the people around them. Hugh Grant does a great job at fleshing out his character with a believable personality while Andie MacDowell did as fine an act as she always does. The rest of the cast, all English, all theater trained and all of them being distinguished movies actors, carried their own weight well. The cliched ending almost turns it into a feel good movie but this ensures that the audience does not leave the cinema hall disappointed after going through the gloomy and sensitive shade of events throughout the movie.