Director: Victor Levins
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Outline of the movie:
The story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay and Frank, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.
Let me tell you this movie was a shock for me. First of all, I LOVE Keanu Reeves, and this was one of the most disgusting characters he's ever played. Secondly, I was thinking it was going to be the romcom type of movies, and it was totally not.
I cannot even rate it as, on the one hand, it was terrible, and I understand all the negative reviews about it, on the other hand, it was close to 5 stars for its audacity and idea. And cannot come to the middle rating as it does not give the movie justice.
First of all, we meet these two miserable characters, socially handicap, with unpleasant habits, mental issues and sardonic views on life. Two absolutely different types of people: he never believed in good nature, feelings and justice in life; she pathologically obsessed with her former fiancee, prompt to self-hating and self-destruction. None of them have any tolerance for others opinion and possess the subtlety of a T-Rex on a hunt. And those two people were thrown together on a wedding where they hardly know anyone and deeply suffer that they need to take part in this "farce" called wedding. Their dialogues were just horrible, not structurally, but by the amount of poison and condescending attitude towards each other and others, but at the same time incredibly witty. And let me tell you the sex scene in the movie...it was undeniably the most horrible sex I have EVER seen on the screen.
But...It was a great movie if you just think about it without emotions. The only people talking are our two main central figures. You can see the others, but their character and life stories are told by two cynics. It is like watching a Shakespeare play on a big screen, and it adds some fascination to the story. I believe it is very difficult to involve a spectator when he has such a limited point of view, and it was done very well. And secondly, imagine romcom without any sugarcoating: pure, true emotions and awkwardness of two people who are thrown together by destiny and do not know how to manage it. So, the movie is really true and sincere about life and I can easily imagine the awkwardness of a first encounter, first kiss and first sex with a person you barely know. We are so used to nice kisses on a sunset beach with soft music and candle in the wind, that any diversion from the canon seems like a violation of our romantic souls. But who can boast of the ideal romantic one-night stand if no alcohol was involved.
And lastly, I liked the way how the characters were changing thought the movie. In the first episodes, when we meet our central figures, Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder look so old, worn out, in one word, horrible. I was kind of shocked how bad they looked. But in the end of the movie, when we see them again in the same plane they look completely different, shining from inside, younger and more radiant. That was such a drastic change nicely captured by the director.
Taking every details into consideration, I was still not sure, how I feel about the movie, thought half a year passed, but it stuck with me and I was thinking a lot about it for no particular reason. So I guess it was a good movie, though the rating is so low.