If I remember correctly, the movie I probably should have been writing about now was the new James Bond, but because of these unprecedented times, I’m left with Love Wedding Repeat instead. Not that there’s anything wrong with this of course. It just isn’t the same. I actually had not heard about this film until I saw it on my Netflix feed, but I figured since it was a British comedy, I would end up liking it. Sadly it ended up being the complete opposite of what I expected.
Imagine that there are various ways in which a particular scenario can play out in your life. The only thing that changes each time is one small, minuscule detail. With this in mind, we find ourselves at Hayley (Eleanor Tomlinson) and Roberto’s (Tiziano Caputo) Italian wedding.
What is supposed to be a momentous and happy occasion is suddenly turned upside down when Hayley’s ex-boyfriend Marc (Jack Farthing) shows up uninvited. Hayley enlists the help of her brother Jack (Sam Clafin) to ensure that Marc stays out of everyone’s way – mainly Roberto’s and suggests giving him some of the heavy sleeping aids she’d been using lately.
But Jack has other things on his mind. A few years before, he spent an unforgettable evening with Hayley’s American friend Dina (Olivia Munn).The two seemed to hit it off, but he never made it clear to her that he felt some sort of spark causing them to part awkwardly. So when he sets off on his task to protect his sister on her special day, he doesn’t predict that fate will intervene once again.
Thinking he put the sleeping aid into Marc’s drink, Jack is excited to get back into Dina’s good books while dodging his ex-girlfriend Amanda (Freida Pinto). However, right before the reception starts, we see a group of children come in and change around everyone’s place cards. The drink that was supposed to be Marc’s now belongs to someone else entirely.
One of the things that I really did like about this movie was seeing the different outcomes play out on screen. Not only are the characters unaware of what is about to happen to them, but the audience is left in the dark too. Some of these results were funny while some were a bit more on the serious side but it worked well together.
Also, because the film takes place in Italy, the cinematography and atmosphere were gorgeous. In addition, there were many Italian cast members which made everything more realistic.
I love British humor and there is nothing quite like a good British comedy (Love Actually, I’m looking at you). But Love Wedding Repeat did not meet my expectations. Some of the jokes fell flat and at times I really felt like it was trying too hard. There was too much going on and in the end, it was one big mess.