Genre Grandeur – Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) – MovieRob – Encore Review


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – British Comedies, here’s a review of Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) by me.

Thanks again to Allie of Often Off Topic for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by J-Dub of Dubsism and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies featuring Royalty

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to royaljdub@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice J-Dub!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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“Excuse me. I think I had better be where other people are not.” – Charles

Number of Times Seen –At least 10 times (Numerous times on video and DVD, 11 June 2009, Dec 2010, 22 Sep 2016 and 29 Apr 2019)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends try to deal with their single lives as they keep getting invited to weddings and wonder when it will be there turn.

My Take on it – When Allie chose this genre for this month, I didn’t nee dmuch time to choose my favorite British Comedy because this is such a brilliant film.

Yes, it’s not an outright comedy but rather a romantic comedy, but it still does things so well because it manages to tell a heart warming story in a grounded and genuine way yet is peppered throughout wioth many hilarious moments.

They develop the characters very well and it’s quite easy to actually believe that they are all close friends for so many years and have weathered much as a group.

Hugh Grant is superbly cast in the lead of this film in one of his first breakout roles and is able to shine throughout.

His chemsitry wioth Andie McDowell is near perfection and their budidng relationship feels quite plausible thrpoughout.

This is a movie fiolled with many truths about the various stages of life including single-hood, dating and of course eventually marriage (with a dab of death for good measure).

It finds a way to hit so many points spot on about this kind of life and the film is filled with lots of memorable scenes along the way.

This movie has lots of really funny scenes that can be so familair to most viewers who have experienced similar situations while going through these stages of life whioch helps make things even more poignant.

The funniest scene in the film is obviously the wedding that is officated by Rowan Atkinson.

This film has a great soundtrack and I am always reminded of the main theme song performed by Wet Wet Wet and it is so moving to listen to since it adds so much to the atmosphere of the story.

Check it out here:

This film is able to present so many different scenarios so well and it never gets tiresome watching this even after 25 years and I can’t wait to get a chance to see it again.

Bottom Line – Hilarious film that works so well because it feels grounded and genuine. The characters are all developed quite well and it’s quite easy to believe that these characters are all very close friends who have bonded for so many years together.  Grant is great in one of his very first real lead roles and shines throughout this film.  He and McDowell have superb chemistry together and their relationship feels genuine and plausible. The film is filled with so many truths about single-hood, dating and of course marriage and manages to hit so many of the point straight on which helps make this film so memorable.  There are lots of really funny scenes in this film that right true, but the best is obviously the wedding that Atkinson officiates at.  The music of this film helps add so much to the atmosphere and I still love the theme song by Wet, Wet, Wet even after 25 years.  So much of what happens is uniquely presented here which makes this so enjoyable to watch over and over. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The first of (as of 2014) five films written by Richard Curtis and starring or co-starring Hugh Grant; the other four are Notting Hill (1999), Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001), Love Actually (2003), and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004). All five collaborations are romantic comedies. Roger Mitchell (director of “Notting Hill”) has said, “Hugh does Richard better than anyone else, and Richard writes Hugh better than anyone else,” and that Grant is “one of the only actors who can speak Richard’s lines perfectly.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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