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Rachel Getting Married (2008)


I hope my wedding is as bangin’ as this one.

Longstanding family conflicts resurface when drama queen Kym (Anne Hathaway,), a former model who’s been in and out of rehab for 10 years, returns to her parents’ home just before her sister Rachel’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding.

Jonathan Demme is known for directing big-budget films like Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, and of course, the disappointing, Truth About Charlie. But with this he goes the indie-role, stripping-down all the big cameras, lights, and set pieces, and shows us a true, and realistic look, at a family, with more skeletons in the closet, then they can choose.

The best thing about this film is that you do feel like you’re there as this whole wedding weekend is going on. The constantly annoying toasts, seating arrangements, family fights, and most of all, the wedding itself, all feel real, and your actually taken on for the ride. It’s got a very close documentary feel, and the camera follows along, as you watch with shock as the story follows on too.

You can have so much style, and no substance, but that is not the case with this film. The writing is superb showing us the real problems, real families go through, and how other people try to cope with one member, constantly messing everything up. There are plenty of scenes that make you feel uncomfortable, but that’s just how life is, especially with your family, and it’s all too real.

The only problem I had with this film was the final act, which I thought could have done so much better, with showing more emotion, and more connection to the audience. I wish there were more scenes that conveyed as strong of emotion, as I thought it would have, but I guess what I got was good enough.

Anne Hathaway takes control in this film, and it’s just a perfect performance from her. I must say, it was pretty strange seeing her play somebody different, but Kym, herself, is strange, and by the end, Hathaway fully embodies Kym, and it’s just great to see. The rest of the cast is kind of little names that you may have heard of like: Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, and Debra Winger. They are all great and I can’t lie, but they each all surprised me with how much emotion they actually showed in this film. Oh, and must I not forget we have Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, he does good here too.

Consensus: With enough bite, and enough realism to keep you engaged, Demme’s stylistic Rachel Getting Married, succeeds in conveying heavy emotions, as well as providing powerful, and strong performances from the cast.

8/10=Matinee!!

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12 responses to “Rachel Getting Married (2008)

  1. Tim Elhajj October 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    Thanks for the visit and comments, Dan. I agree that Hathaway was superb in this. I enjoyed it, but I hope your wedding is ten times — no twenty times — more banging than this one.

  2. Branden October 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I thought I was going to hate the film from the awkward opening, but I was sucked right in the the dysfuctional family dynamics.

    One of my friends hated the toast that it took too long. When I saw it, I didn’t mind it.

  3. afrankangle October 10, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Dan,
    Although this was a film I didn’t enjoy, I appreciated the writing cleverness. Good review.

  4. Kilah October 11, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I completely agree with your review, the perfect word was “real”.

  5. Danny King October 12, 2010 at 2:58 am

    I really love this Anne Hathaway performance. The rest of the cast is so great too. It’s an awesome ensemble piece.

  6. NICK October 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Dan – thanks for checking out The Littlest Winslow!

    I personally loved this movie – it was insanely realistic, and I thought Rosemarie and Anne Hathaway were both fantastic! I usually don’t rewatch dramas too often, but I quickly went back to this one after finding out a few friends hadn’t seen it.

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