Britain is hardly shy of wedding-centred romantic comedies, but The Wedding Video
does manage to find one or two new angles. The setup here is that Rufus Hound plays Raif, who’s asked to be best man for his brother, played by Robert Webb. Raif is one of those bumbling oafs who tend to inhabit such comedies, but his plan is to give his brother and his new wife a wedding of their video as a gift. What could go wrong there?
It all sets the scene for a down-to-earth, enjoyable romantic comedy, that gives room for its talent ensemble to thrive. Robert Webb is a good leading man, and Lucy Punch also gives a quality performance as his wife-to-be, Saskia. Miriam Margoyles is in scene-stealing form, too. Granted, at the heart is a fairly conventional spin on the genre, but director Nigel Cole finds enough in the material to keep things interesting and pacey.
The disc itself, on top of the main feature, bundles in a lengthy collection of interviews with the cast and crew of The Wedding Video. They don’t have anything particularly revolutionary to offer, but it’s interesting nonetheless. And it’s the warm, amiable and frequently funny film that remains, rightly, the main attraction here. Worth checking out. --Jon Foster