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A very self-indulgent movie that could really do with being edited down from 108 minutes to 80.
Many parts that don't warrant more than minimal attention are often handed many minutes to play out. The sprawling concert with many acts, the rehearsal speeches that go on and on, the dish washer loading scene is way too long and the film constantly comes to a halt for boring musical performances. If they edited the dancing, singing and music playing down to only what is needed to give a solid impression of it then the film would easily lose more than ten minutes.
The first 40 minutes are pretty boring and uninvolving. Then suddenly after the way overlong rehearsal speeches the movie becomes a really good melodrama as the sisters argue. The next 35 minutes are very compelling and dramatic (from the speech argument to the car crash) with lots happening. Then with the wedding itself, the last 30 minutes, it was back to the earlier boring, indulgent, mundane crap.
The plotless dancing went on so long I had to fast-forward at x6 speed to get it over with.
The problem with these quasi-documentary monster central character movies is that they try to be grounded in realism. Which restrains them and leads them into not making the character monstrous enough to justify a whole film about them (Greenberg [2010
] and Margot At The Wedding [2007
] suffer from this). The Kym character is interestingly messed up and monstrous enough to justify having a movie based on her.
The handheld bumpy camera work was okay, and not as contrived and as disjointedly edited as I expected.
A very flawed movie with too many self-indulgent passages (did the groom have to sing so much of that song at the alter?) but that central section made it worth watching. Overall it's below average with a rather slight and indifferent story by the end, but the good bits are properly good.
Margot At The Wedding, which I think is very, very similar, is probably slightly better than Rachel Getting Married by being more consistently watchable. This movie just really needs to be edited down as there is a much better film lost in all that boring bloat.