Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Movie Review: The Five Year Engagement

Have you seen The Five Year Engagement yet? Eric and I went to a matinee on a whim the other day (don't you love going to the movies in the middle of the day? It feels so decadent and you often have the theater practically to yourself!) and though it wasn't perfect it was very enjoyable.

The story follows a couple who are engaged but have to keep postponing their wedding, first due to a big move, then due to grad school, and then because they both begin to wonder if they are right for each other after all. 

Emily Blunt was delightful to watch and the film told a story that felt authentic in it's strangeness. Real life is wierd and it was nice to see a film that understood that. However, this film was made by Judd Apatow and company and I felt as I usually do about these movies- when you are doing improvisation instead of following a script, there is a lot of material, and not all of it is solid gold. I would have had no trouble cutting about 20 minutes out of the movie, which dragged oddly in many places.

The costume design was one of my favorite elements of the film. The characters are all nerdy/cool, well educated, San Francisco types, so the aesthetic was quirky, sophisticated and cool. Turns out the costume designer, Lisa Evans has been working with Jason Seagull for years. She was also the talent behind the looks in Bridesmaids and Get Him to the Greek. Here are some fun interviews about her design process.

Have you seen any good movies lately? I'd love some suggestions!

1 comment:

Karen said...

We saw The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel the other night and loved it.

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