Sunday, 31 July 2011

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Bridesmaids [Review]


Opinion: B+

Bridesmaids is likely to be the uncouth yet heartwarming comedy of the year with a great cast ensemble and notable performance by Kristen Wiig that drives the film crazy. Effective writing by Wiig herself and Annie Mumolo (cameo as the nervous woman on the plane), we're convinced how the funniest comedies are usually best written by comedy actors themselves. If the guys had a great time with Hangover, then it's the ladies' turn now with this enjoyable comedy!


This spring, Universal Pictures and producer Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) invite you to experience Bridesmaids. Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annies life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillians maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, shell show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far youll go for someone you love.


Right from the start, there is this good vibe surrounding the film.

We begin with an opening scene of Annie trying to make out with her mate Don with hilarious results. This opening scene plants the audience straight into blatant bedroom scenes that induce red-faced laughter (either out of humour or bashfulness, or maybe both). This provides a good introductory to what this film is going to be all about - crude humour and not shy of it.

Female, crude humour.

Bridesmaids is littered with various scenarios and conversations that doesn't feel oddly unrealistic and instead very plausible. One of my favourite scene is that of Annie and Lillian discussing about their lives in a cafeteria and what they did the night before. When Annie reveals making out with Don, they begin cracking jokes about the male genitalia and not only is it not distasteful, it's actually really funny.
Thanks to the wonderful performance by Kristen Wiig, she gets a lot of laughs out of us with her physical act and dialogues. I was surprised at the way she uses her hand to casually slap across her face referencing how Don's sexual organ brushes across, that really got to me as a male audience member. I rarely recall watching any comedies where the ladies cracks crude jokes about men.

It's usually the other way round.

Of course, it's not always about sex and gender. The film later dwells deeper into the stories of Annie and Lillian as Lillian prepares for her marriage to her fiance. Annie is appointed Maid of Honour, but she quickly finds rivalry to her role soon enough.

This is when we are introduced to the rest of the lovable ensemble and I especially adored Helen (Rose Bryne) and Megan (Melissa McCarthy). The last I saw Bryne was in X-Men: First Class, but what stuck in my mind was her edgy performance in James Wan's Insidious. So you can imagine how shocked I am to see Bryne playing such an exquisite fine lady character with so much charm and composure, totally breaking out of her characters of her recent previous films.

This impresses me as an indication of how fine an actress Bryne is.

Back to the bridesmaids ensemble, you'd love how each of their personalities add flavour to the film. Megan is possibly the least feminine lady in the group but seems to be indifferent of it, her confidence and steadfast demeanour of how she carries herself really brightened up my opinion of her character. Of course, most of the time her screen presence often end up in laughter.

Bridesmaid is mostly an actor-driven (actress in this case) gem in the genre, but it wouldn't be possible without the funny screenplay by Wiig herself and Annie Mumolo (who played the nervous woman on the plane next to Wiig). This shows how good comedies are best penned by comedians themselves, we've also seen a good example in Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat.

After much said, Bridesmaid really impresses with lots of laughter and a feel-good heartwarming sensation that lingers for a while. A powerful contender for the best comedy of the year, which is also likely to be translated into possible nods during the award season (Golden Globes recognises comedy) for its acting and screenplay. Of course, I've yet seen Seth Gordon's Horrible Bosses that I've heard so much about.

I never knew that the ladies could have so much fun. Bridesmaids opened my eyes and made my day.


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