Monday, March 23, 2009

Rachel Getting Married

From Amazon.com

When Kym (Anne Hathaway - Golden Globe Nominee, Best Actress, Motion Picture (Drama)), returns to the Buchman family home for the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt), she brings a long history of personal crises, family conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple's abundant party of friends and relations have gathered for a joyful weekend of feasting, music and love, but Kym - with her biting one-liners and flair for bombshell drama - is a catalyst for long-simmering tensions in the family dynamic. Filled with the rich and eclectic characters that remain a hallmark of Jonathan Demme's films, Rachel Getting Married paints a heartfelt, perceptive and sometimes hilarious family portrait.

I had heard about this movie and figured I would enjoy it but wow, just wow! This movie was great, I would definitely call it eclectic. The group of people in this movie were amazing, from the main actors to the wedding party guests to all the musicians it was just great. Made me wish I was part of this diverse group of people, it was just awesome to see.

For awhile I was bothered by some of the background information that was only hinted at about Kym's background but then I thought about it and decided to see the movie more as an atmospheric piece and in that sense it works, and it doesn't really matter what happened to Kym in the past, it's more about the present and her and her family getting over their past.

For being a rather serious and kind of sad movie, it left me feeling rather good, just getting a glimpse into these people's lives and meeting their group of friends and being their for Rachel's wedding.

I also really liked the special features, where the director talks about how the whole soundtrack was played live during the filming of the movie, how awesome is that! And how one of the main characters (the fiance) is played by the lead singer of the band, TV on the Radio. Some great special features.

All in all a great movie, that I would definitely suggest!

Rachel Getting Married was released on dvd March 10th!

4.5/5 Stars
Watched via Netflix

21 comments:

  1. I loved the way it was shot (sort of voyeuristic or like a home movie) and I enjoyed the performances, but I found the actual story kind of boring. I don't know, maybe it was the back pain talking or something. Either way, I've really enjoyed watching Anne Hathaway move away from her more cutesy princess type roles during the past couple of years -first with Brokeback, now this.

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  2. Taren, you should see Havoc. It's... weird. Anne plays a bored rich teen who decides to pretend she's a gang member with her rich friends and ends up falling in with a bunch of real gang members and discovering it's not as fun as the rap music makes it out to be. Basically, it stars her breasts. She's topless for like half the movie. Very weird.

    I really liked RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, which I actually saw last night. And the special features! I loved how they filmed the whole weekend,a nd then just cut it to have the scenes they thought worked best.

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  3. Another movie I want to see! Haha, I'm thinking about taking a big box of old cds into my local Hastings and seeing if I can't get some money to rent a few movies coming out now. :P

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  4. Diana, I've never heard of Havoc, but it sounds interesting.

    Amee, does your town have those red boxes you can rent movies from? Rentals are only $1 a night and the boxes usually have a good mix of new releases and older ones.

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  5. I haven't heard of this one, but it would be worth seeing since Anne Hathaway's in it.

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  6. I've heard such positive things about this movie. I'm looking forward to watching it.

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  7. This is absolutely the kind of movie Jonathan Demme does best. The only thing that irked was the way Anne Hathaway's character was intent at making everything about herself, making everybody uncomfortable and keeping nothing private and yet at the same time she kept a respectful distance from her new in-laws. If you're gonna be a trainwreck, everybody should get injured.

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  8. I've heard a lot of great things about this one, but I'm still not sure I'd like it, maybe I'll give it a shot in the near future.

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  9. Can you believe this hasn't even made it to the theater over here? I do want to see it because I try to see all the movies with actresses nominated for Oscars.

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  10. I am so glad you liked it! I thought Anne Hathaway was great! I was worried she would get typecast after the Princess Diaries and Devil Wears Prada but her performance was amazing.

    Have you seen Monsoon Wedding? It's one of my all time favorites and it reminded me a bit of this film.

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  11. This is third on my Netflix list for Friday Night Movie Night. :) Can't wait.

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  12. gave you an award!

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  13. Definitely want to see this one. I love Anne Hathaway and have heard such good things! :-)

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  14. Love Anne Hathaway. Have you seen Bride Wars, Alea? Too cute!

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  15. I really wanna see this- must go check to see if my library is getting it in...

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  16. Wow, sounds good! I'll definitely check it out

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  17. Ok. I've heard both extremes: Hated (friends of mine) and loved (you). Now I'll have to watch it and decide for myself.

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  18. I also loved this movie. I saw it a week apart from Slumdog, and I enjoyed this movie much more. I think what I liked so much about it was the point that your family can do some awful things, can make you so mad, but at the end of the day (or the weekend) you forgive them and go on loving them. All families have "stuff" to deal with, and it's nice to watch a movie that seems real.

    Also, I did NOT know that was TV on the Radio guy - thanks for the pop culture fun fact!

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  19. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I want to watch it!

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  20. Best movie discussion yet! Yesssss! Thanks everyone for your input!

    Emily- I have seen Monsoon Wedding, several times, love it! And I totally see what you mean!

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  21. So I've decided we must just have completely different taste in movies. At least I didn't hate this one, though. I thought it was alright. I thought a lot was way over played out, though, and I was ecstatically happy to have nothing to do with that group of people.
    My final impression was that it was okay.

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