Destination Wedding

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This week’s review brings the second installment in “Poops & Praises”, a style of review where I just list what I liked (praises) and what I didn’t like (poops).

A brief description: A cynical man and a heartbroken woman are brought together at a destination wedding where they develop a relationship despite their animosity for other people.

PRAISE POOP
Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder are in this! Who doesn’t love some Reeves on Ryder action (quite literally at some point). The characters they play are so unlikeable that I was just annoyed by the end of it.
Levin wrote an entire movie where the script is purely a dialogue between the two characters. Levin wrote an entire movie where the script is purely a dialogue between the two characters.
Keanu brings back his Matrix-era style of acting, and the general lack of excitement and emotion he brings fits the role of Frank well. I hope no one actually sounds like that when hocking a loogie.
Winona plays Lindsay with a measured amount of “fatigue from living” attitude while still showing that underneath the wear and tear, she is still hopeful for love. Who goes to her ex-fiancé’s wedding in hopes of finding closure?
The film takes a nice diversion from the usual happy-go-lucky style of rom-coms. The end result is a miserable stew of unrealistic conversations that go on forever and ever.

“Destination Wedding” has its funny and charming moments, but not enough to make us feel rewarded for having invested 90 minutes. I can’t honestly recommend the film, but if you’ve got a dark sense of humor and love Reeves and Ryder, feel free to give it a shot.

★ ★


Director: Victor Levin

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

2018, R, 90 min

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