Friday, 15 June 2012

The Five Year Engagement - Movie Review

Who's in it?
Starting out with the proposal one year after meeting, The Five Year Engagement sees Tom and Violet through the grey areas and the reality of a modern day relationship when life gets in the way on their road to 'wedded bliss'.

Any Good?

Heart warming and chock full of charm, The Five Year Engagement is about as brutally honest a look at relationships as you're likely to see in the movies. Apatow and Segel work so well together and in my opinion have raised the bar on this outing. There's heart, belly laughs, relatability and raunch, what's not to love?

This is one of the funniest reactionary comedies you'll see this year, the script flows easily and when the laughs come from both cast and audience, they're spontaneous and natural. I'd love to know how much actual scripting was used and just how much improv footage made it to the final cut, I'm guessing plenty. Segel and Blunt's on screen chemistry is warm and believable, they look like a couple and fight like a couple, everyone that has had a relationship will identify with them in some way. The petty arguments, the brutal look at what coupledom truly is and the effort it takes when self sacrifice and self preservation are at odds within a relationship.

Violet & her colleagues. Do NOT lie on their couches.  

The supporting cast here are excellently chosen, Alison Brie (of Community fame) is adorable, there is a scene she and Blunt share as Elmo and Cookie Monster that you must watch out for, comedy genius. Rhys Ifans is perfectly cast as Violet's boss, dry, acerbic and unwittingly hilarious. It's fair to say that although not all cast members are given ample time to shine, each one has a pearl of brilliance to add to proceedings.

Running long for a comedy at 124 minutes, there was never more than a niggle at the back of my mind that some scenes dragged just a little. It's stuffed full of funny and poignant moments that'll have you chuckling at the memory. Not just a chick flick, there's plenty of humour for the boyos too, so the chap in your life will be happy. I won't hesitate to recommend this one. I haven't laughed so much at a movie in quite a while. Funny, clever and sweet. An engaging gem of a film.


(Just as a side note, do not let the trailer
put you off, funnily enough it's the trailer that
doesn't do the movie justice here instead of
the other way around)
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