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Rachel Getting Married
A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding.
This film was the decades biggest surprise for me. Just proves that the smallest of films can do the biggest of impacts. And much of it is thanks to Anne Hathaway, who delivers the role of a lifetime.
Film # 10/30 of Scavenger Hunt # 3!
Task # 10 A Film About Or Featuring A Wedding!
Anne Hathaway stars as Kym, a girl with more issues than she knows what to do with. Kym is released from her latest stint in rehab to attend her sister Rachel's ( Rosemarie DeWitt) wedding and this film looks at the various strained relationships in this dysfunctional family.
This is a blackly comic drama that's well written and has some strong performances but the main problem I had with it was Hathaway's lead character is just so unlikeable, the kind of person who needs to be the centre of attention, the fact that her sister is getting married doesn't matter, she…
I was tweeting about this movie while watching it, and Starr said she was looking forward to my review, since it was clear I was enjoying the film.
Unfortunately, as I warned her, I have a hard time writing about movies that affect me deeply. It's a painful and beautiful movie, and Annie Hathaway acts it to pieces. She's astonishing. (And Dewitt is great, too.) I am not sure what else to say right now.
I am numb inside.
Rachel Getting Married takes a documentary style approach to a story of how drug addiction can affect a family and it features Anne Hathaway's best performance to date.
Far and away Hathaway's best performance. She is absolutely fantastic here. Demme's minimalist approach makes this far more interesting than what I was expecting. I'm not usually one for melodrama, but the performances really helped make it something. Occasionally, Demme goes a bit overboard with the melodrama. For the most part, it really works. The story was a tad bit formulaic, but the great performances really elevated it to something special.
BOX OFFICE. 💰💰💰 💲16.1 million
Engrossing & interesting, 'Rachel Getting Married' transforms the viewer into a fly on the wall of a most dysfunctional family. Anne Hathaway rules the screen as recovering addict Kym, as Jonathan Demme captures every nuance and eye roll that takes place when Kym returns home for the weekend for her sister's wedding. Old demons resurface and nothing gets solved but grievances are aired and amends are attempted. The documentary style camera works wonderfully with the story, which thanks to a no nonsense approach from Jenny Lumet, pulls no punches. Scenes are longer and the actors can flex their muscles, while Demme watches and directs. The length slows the momentum at times and the story does have some repetitiveness, but nothing too detrimental. Recommended, especially for anyone going to a wedding. Try and top this all inclusive and drama filled affair.
NOMINATED Best Actress
NOMINATED Best Actress
An emotionally raw film that explores, in a unique way, how people cope with tragedy. Follows a protagonist that is desperately trying to be acknowledged by a family who seems to never want to confront and communicate about the elephant in the room. One can't help but share the same level of frustration Kym feels toward her family when despite Kym's clear and obvious change of character and confidence through her rehab, her family can't see past her.. well... past.
This is a well composed movie that considers the positioning, postures, and attitudes of all the individuals in a scene which helps a viewer understand the mood of a scene without relying on just the use of close-ups.
I have stood by my statement many times before concerning the work of Jonathan Demme and his placement as an auteur. This man has gone through genre after genre, both fictional and documentary, and somehow manages to have consistent craftsmanship throughout all of his work. His "Rachel Getting Married" is one of the defining points of his career - taking a fictional screenplay and slowly bleeding together vastly different cinematic flourishes. There's a narrative working here, but there's emotions and aspects that verge of documentary and the avant-garde; not to mention, Demme's frequently promising use of music. It's an example of a film that proves how emotional and expressive movies can manage being - and further makes me believe he is truly one of the greats.
A little film where shaky camera syndrome, as made famous by the movie Thirteen, is used to great effect. You kind of feel like you're suffering from motion sickness. Good call, Director Demme.
Regardless, the not boring parts were great.
(Original review outdated, re-evaluation required at later date)
Well written but there is really nothing new in the script, or in the home-made directing style it went for, which is not new and gets tiresome pretty quick.
boring. only watched it for the two seconds Sebastian was in tbh
For all the black sheeps out there - the devil is not as black as he is painted. It's all about golden mean.
Letter Grade: C+
" I am Shiva the destroyer, your harbinger of doom this evening."
Anne Hathaway at her best. She is easily the best actress of her generation when she wants to be. I really dug the realistic approach from director Jonathan Demme. He used a digital handheld camera for most of the film and it really gives the film something different with a great approach towards making the film about the characters. It's a simple story revolved around a family that went through a tragedy that still really effects them all. Rosemarie DeWitt is just as good as Hathaway and the two have really solid chemistry. At times this film was really ackward and tough to watch because…
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