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This review is from: Bridesmaids (Blu-ray + DVD) [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I did not see the trailer for this film, but from reading other reviews I get the impression viewers were expecting laugh-out-loud hilarity. Not the case. It's more of a slow burner. But that's not a bad thing.
The premise of the story is based around Annie (Kristen Wiig) who is maid of honour for her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph). But it's when Lillian introduces Annie to her new friend Helen (Rose Byrne) that the drama and rivalry ensues. They compete for who can impress Lillian the most. Annie goes on a path of destruction, losing her job, getting kicked out of her flat, messing up her romantic relationships and losing her best friend. But, of course, she turns it all around (would be quite a depressing film if she didn't!).
There are some excellent moments in the film and excellent characters. Annie's flat mates Brynn and Gil (Rebel Wilson and Matt Lucas) are this odd brother and sister from England who decide to chuck Annie out of the flat because they think they are too old to live together with a flat-mate - so they are going to live together, alone (work that one out!). They actually look like brother and sister, so the casting is spot on.
Megan (Melissa McCarthy, Molly from Mike and Molly) is one of the bridesmaids and the brides' sister-in-law to be, and she is hilarious as a character and an actress. The way she delivers her lines is dry and perfectly timed.
What I think disappointed most viewers is the fact that the film is not full of running jokes. However, what I enjoyed most about the film was the realism to certain situations, the awkwardness when you first meet someone, where you talk over each other and babble on. The scripting is like this throughout with deadpan humour and quiet sarcasm, coupled with non-obvious jokes and character discomfort.
If you want to categorise it, I would say it is a black comedy but nothing much like The Hangover (as others have compared it to). Yes it is a long film, but don't let that put you off (whilst I was watching I looked down at the timer thinking I had been watching it for about half an hour - I had actually been watching about an hour and 20 minutes). It is also quite crude in places but for me these were the laugh out loud moments.
It's rare that a film of this calibre gets Oscar nominated, but even though it didn't win in the two categories, it is definitely worthy of the accolades.