Friday, July 22, 2011

Movie Review: Bridesmaids – A Hilarious Movie Masterpiece in Pink

When I first saw the poster of Bridesmaids, I easily concluded that this is just one of those sweet/romantic chick flick tweetums type of movie that only girls who are in their 20’s to 40’s can appreciate. So when my wife and I were invited to the premier showing of Bridesmaids by Solar Films, I was a bit skeptical because I suspected only she would enjoy such film.

Don’t let the poster fool you. Because this movie is nothing like, or even comes close to, a My Best Friend’s Wedding type of movie that will let your partner snuggle closer to you with matching tears and sighs along the way. It is a comedy where slapsticks and toilet humor were reinvented and justified to make it enjoyable by both ladies and guys alike.

Bridesmaids is not like any other comedy where there is a gradual serious pace in the beginning before transcending to pockets of comic reliefs along the way. The first scene is a bed scene with a short graphic demonstration of Kama Sutra in six different positions. The succeeding scenes mostly have pauses where you just have to catch your breath before another punch line makes you spill your guts out laughing. From there, I realized that this is another level of comedy in a freakier sense.

The story is about Annie (Kristen Wiig) who was offered to be the maid of honor at the wedding of her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph). Annie, although recovering from a failed business venture as well as a love relationship and career in sales, does her best to pull herself together and organize the perfect wedding for her best friend until Helen (Rose Byrne) tries to steal the show. 

The story basically revolves around the rivalry of Annie and Helen where most of the hilarious antics are displayed. Their enmity focuses on who will be the “bestest” friend of the bride. Helen, the richest among the bridesmaids, uses her affluence to create the best bridal shower party while Annie capitalizes on the long years of friendship and memories she and Lillian shared. Unfortunately, Annie’s ideas often turn into comical disasters at the expense of everyone around her.

The rest of the bridesmaids are composed of Rita (Wendy Mclendon-Covey), Becca (Ellie Kemper) and Megan (Mellisa McCarthy), who all share a mix of their own individual weirdness that injects the story with the funniest concoctions. 

Amazingly, despite majority of the actors in the movie being unknown to most people, they have portrayed their characters with outstanding performances. Even Kristen Wiig, who is also the writer of the film and a Saturday Night Live veteran, is not seen much in the big screen. However, this movie can be lauded alongside some of the top comedy films I adore such as Airplane, Dumb and Dumber and Hangover.

Through all the chaos, a love interest falls in the middle of Annie’s story. State Patrol Officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) becomes the knight in shining armor who keeps on flagging her old and busted car for having broken tail lights. Metaphorical lessons in the movie come into play when Annie finally heeds Rhode’s reminders to get her car’s tail lights fixed. At last, she starts to search for solutions for her chaotic and pathetic life which subsequently reconciles her to her true passion and to the people she values the most.

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