Quick Review: The Big Wedding (2013, Justin Zackham)


RATING: 2/10

Director: Justin Zackham
Cast: Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon, Robin Williams, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Ben Barnes
Screenplay: Justin Zackham

Synopsis: When Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and Missy (Amanda Seyfried) decide to get married, Alejandro’s divorced parents (Diane Keaton and Robert De Niro) must pretend to be married again so that his biological mother and her Catholic faith won’t be offended. Set around the Big Day, Alejandro’s siblings, his future in-laws and his father’s girlfriend face problems on their own, which comes together as ensemble comedy romp.

Quick Thoughts:

1. Possibly the biggest disappointment of the year so far, I feel like “The Big Wedding” was made without much feeling being thought into it. It lacked any real emotion, and the script had nothing special about it. It didn’t feel any different from other low-budget movies that talked about upper class families. The only difference was this film was headed by four Oscar winners in work that does not compare to any of their previous work.

2. I’m usually a fan of Diane Keaton (especially her roles in her old age), but this seemed like a repeat of something we already had in “Something’s Gotta Give” (2003). She played the same role, except shallower. Robin William’s reprised the terror he was in, in that “License to Wed” film, which I’m too lazy to look up the year to. Sarandon never looked better, but her limited role was nothing special. De Niro couldn’t save this “f-word” filled performance to save the world. Keep that f-bombs in Scorsese flicks, Bob.

3. Amanda Seyfried (who had such a promising career since “Mean Girls” (2004)), seems to be choosing such weird film roles to follow up good movies. Many film fans were surprised by her performance in “Les Miserables” (2012), but then she decides to pull her momentum down with a film like this. Her leading man in Ben Barnes seemed fake the entire movie and did not entertain at all. Heigl, angst-filled as always was…angst-filled. And Topher Grace played Topher Grace as well as he could.

4. I conclude that four Oscars from four legendary performers and a cast of once-promising young actor’s could not save Zackman’s “feel-good” movie. I didn’t feel good when watching “The Big Wedding”. I was bored.

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