destination wedding

DIRECTOR: victor levin (5 to 7)
STARRING: keanu reeves, winona ryder, greg lucey, and d. rosh wright

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★

When Frank and Lindsay meet on their way to a destination wedding, they soon discover they have a lot in common: they both hate the bride, the groom, the wedding, themselves, and each other. As the weekend's events continually force them together -- and their cheerlessness immediately isolates them from the other guests -- Frank and Lindsay find that if you verbally spar with someone long enough, anything can happen.

Is there anything Keanu Reeves can't do?! He may be stoic. He may be dead-pan. And he may just be the movie world's best paradox.

 

He seems to have the all the makings of an action hero, AND a romcom heart throb. Don't ask me how, I'm still confused myself. But either way, he made Destination Wedding a whole lot of fun.

 

When two "tack-on" and  perennial pessimistic personalities collide while boarding a plane, their mutual distaste for just about anything creates a kind of insulting kinship. Together they openly criticise each other, the bride, the groom, the wedding and the universe in a dark and charming fashion.

 

Winona Ryder plays Lindsay, the groom's ex, who is still holding a flame to her former love. Her words never fail to tumble out and her permanent scowl speaks a thousand more. Ryder seems slightly uncomfortable the whole film, which is telling of her character, but the fact she never makes eye contact with any person for longer than a millisecond made me a little uncomfortable too.

 

As my intro suggests, Keanu Reeves as the groom's brother is entertaining and even charming as the flat Frank. Followed by a dark cloud that at times reveals some genuinely sad backstory, Frank makes a connection with Lindsay as they spin cynical yarns together.

 

While at times predictable, green-screened and awkward, Destination Wedding made me laugh. It's almost completely dependent on only two characters and a whole HEAP of dialogue, and I can't deny that I enjoyed it.

 

Perhaps it's the eternal romcom lover in me, but Destination Wedding was a sweet surprise.

★★★

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Destination Wedding is available on DVD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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