Each of these films placed at #7 or higher in the year of its release. (#7 because 100 films divided…
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.
I'm not normally a melodrama fan but "Rachel Getting Married" is an effective film about addiction, grief, and family. Anne Hathaway plays Kym, a recovering addict who attends her older sister's wedding. Rachel, the sister, doesn't understand Kym's narcissistic behavior despite working towards a degree in psychology. Their father is just trying to keep everyone happy and is trying to forget what Kym did several years earlier. Hathaway does a fine job in a very difficult and different role. Rosemarie DeWitt is also wonderful as Rachel.
Once we get into the wedding part of the film, I started rolling my eyes. My God, Questlove's wedding wouldn't be this ridiculous. There's a billion musicians playing a billion different genres. The reception…
This goddamn movie... its just way too long!
i thought i hated anne hathaway but then i watched this and i wanna marry her also is rosemarie dewitt ever gonna not get ignored by the academy?
A young woman from a dysfunctional family is released from rehab right before her sister's wedding. Once home, she is upset by the fact that the bride to be is the center of attention and not the recovered drug addict. Will everything go smoothly or will this ticking time bomb wreak havoc on her sister's special day?
There is actually a very good film somewhere in there, if only the director and editor could have worked together and trimmed about 30 minutes. Did we really need all that wedding preparation and ceremony footage? I thought it interfered with the flow of the film and at times it felt like it would never end. Worth watching mostly for Anne Hathaway's excellent intense performance.
Still the best film of that year and in my personal top 20.
Great potential, but mostly a mess.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The naturalistic camera work and the uses of the natural lighting is quite interesting to watch. I thought it was great blend with some "additional" footage that is recorded by the "wedding guest" Superb acting all around by the cast. Hathaway and Dewitt's characters as they show their own struggles and challenges in their respective roles. Bill Irwin's performance is very strong in this film and its quite overlooked by one of Hathaway's strongest performances.
Although some of the wedding scenes seem to drag on for quite too long it was a pleasure to watch this film with a great impact that the story provides.
The best compliment I can give Rachel Getting Married is that it avoids the easy pitfalls of having an addict for a protagonist. Regardless of its issues, the film deserves credit for that.
Detailing the story of an addict returning home for the week of her sister's wedding, Rachel Getting Married is a movie with a small scope, honing in on the underlying tension in a dysfunctional family. While the core story and its characterizations are good, there is an unrefined edge to the film, with many scenes going on far too long and the third act being rather sluggish. It's possible that this was intentional to try and make the film feel more realistic, but it comes across as…
A young woman who has been in and out of rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend to attend her sister's wedding.
Tunde singing Unknown Legend is the highlight for me - was when I saw it 8 years ago or so and was again when I rewatched it now.
Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!