It’s the Valentine’s day period, which means bright pink advertisements, shops filled with heart shapes desserts, champagne and lovely decorations and also the release of a new rom-com or two.
This year is no different as director Kat Coiro (“Daddy Issues”) is bringing the romantic vibe to the cinema with her “Marry Me”. Just as usual, you have the cheesy moments, the over-the-top romantic vibe and the odd couple.
This time, they are combined with Jennifer Lopez pop songs, tons of champagne and all the glitter in the world. Does this become too much, or does “Marry Me” has the right amount of cheesiness to it?
“Marry Me” could have easily been a Jennifer Lopez documentary as she portrays Kat Valdez, a singer who achieved everything. A huge fanbase, many successful records, and wanted by every talk show. Her personal life also looks brightly pink as she’s engaged to fellow musician Bastian (Maluma).
Their wedding ceremony/concert will be broadcasted worldwide from New York City for everyone to see. Her life couldn’t be further away from middle school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson). Besides raising a 12-year-old daughter named Lou (Chloe Coleman) and dealing with the aftermath of his divorce, he’s preparing his students for a big math competition.
Little did he know that his average but charming and loving life was about to change when he joined his colleague Parker (Sarah Silverman) and daughter for the wedding/concert of the year.
Right before Kat and Bastian exchange their vows, a virtual bomb is dropped. Bastian has been cheating on Kat. No one is expecting a wedding now, but hey, there’s always an unrealistic twist in a rom-com.
After seeing Charlie accidentally holding a ‘Marry Me’ sign that Parker made as a reference to Kat’s new song, Kat decides to marry him. The wedding scene is as unconvincing and unrealistic as movie weddings get but what follows is a light and heart-warming story about Kat and Charlie getting to know each other. Will her glamourous life blend in perfectly with his ordinary life, or does this movie proves that sometimes opposites don’t attract?
If you want to bring a story about two different people from two opposite worlds to the big screen, it’s of vital importance that each personality shines through beautifully. Still, they also need to be combined in the best way possible.
That’s certainly something the team behind “Marry Me” understood. At first, you get to see the dazzling side of Kat and Bastian the most and the ordinary life of Charlie is being pushed to the background.
This results in stunning and over-the-top looking visuals from cinematographer Florian Ballhaus (“The Captain”), the classic glamour looks designed by costume designer Caroline Duncan (“Old”) and the pop-y and eye-catching make-up. The masterpiece is, without a doubt, the stunning wedding dress from Zuhair Murad that will leave you breathless.
While these flamboyant elements certainly dominate the first part of “Marry Me”, the movie becomes a different film after the unrealistic wedding. Yes, there are still excessive scenes and glittering cinematography, but at least now, it’s all being counter-acted by more restrained scenes.
Whether it’s a geeky and fun moment at Charlie’s math club, the vulnerable conversations between Kate and Charlie, and the wonderful walks through New York City; they make the movie much more relatable and personal.
It doesn’t matter what physical and characters traits you’re looking for in a potential partner; we all want the same. Feeling the chemistry that everyone is talking about! Sadly, that’s missing in this movie. Both Lopez and Wilson put on a beautiful and honest performance, but the spark between them is missing.
On one hand, you have the honest, charming and emotional performance by Wilson (“Wonder”), and on the other, there’s the heart-warming, vibrant and gorgeous acting of Lopez (“Hustlers”). There’s nothing wrong with their performances and if you bring them together, it should have become fireworks, but sadly, that’s not entirely the case.
Luckily, the on-screen couple is being surrounded by a humouristic supporting cast. While Silverman’s character is certainly again one of the rom-com clichés, she (“Ralph Breaks The Internet”) brings so much enjoyment and wittiness to the movie, and John Bradley (“American Satan”) is highly entertaining and on-point as Kat’s bodyguard and friend. Last but not least, there’s also the loving performance by Coleman (“Gunpowder Milkshake”), which certainly heightens the charming vibe of this movie.
“Marry Me” is certainly not the most memorable, creative or innovative rom-com. Therefore, it relies too heavily on clichés and unrealistic moments. That being said, thanks to the charming performances and witty moments “Marry Me” certainly puts a smile on your face and transport you to a pink cloud. Just like love itself!
11th February 2022
THE QUICK SELL
Music superstars Kat Valdez and Bastian are getting married before a global audience of fans. But when Kat learns, seconds before her vows, that Bastian has been unfaithful, she decides to marry Charlie, a stranger in the crowd, instead.