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Jumat, 23 November 2012

(movie) the Five Year Engagement

My initial assumption had me thinking this was a British movie, but turns out it's mostly set in San Fransisco and Michigan, and that the lead actor is not British. From fast forwarding some scenes, I get the feeling that this is going to be a fun rom-com with splashes of dark comedy, and I was right.

I'm not someone who gets jolly good laughter out of most comedies, but this one makes me giggle out loud several times. The humour is subtle but candid, as if you don't really expect it to be funny but it is. The chemistry is adorable, and everyone is perfectly cast for their roles. I'm not a big fan of Emily Blunt, I've always thought of her acting as distant and as if she's taking it too seriously to allow some connection with the viewers. However, in this one she's really relaxed, it makes us almost believe she's not really acting and that it's how she is in real life (though of course I don't know if that's the case).

The relationship between the characters is believable, and as we go through the ups and downs of their courtship, we feel their pain, their joy, their doubt, and how we usually forget to be grateful to our spouses. It's a heartwarming story filled with love, twists and turns, letting go, moving on, and knowing what's precious in our lives.

Because love makes it worthwhile. 4 out of 5 stars, I thoroughly enjoyed the 124 minutes of this gem of a movie.

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