Four Weddings and a Funeral ★★★★½

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One of the most touching and funny movies ever made. A look at love, friendship, death and life. The only reason this isn't getting 5 stars is because Andie MacDowell isn't a very good actress and that's it really.

This movie just works for me. Even though it's pretty hard hitting at times, it's also hilarious and just makes me happy. The absolute Britishness of the whole thing also adds my love for it. The chemistry between practically everyone is perfect. They feel like real friends and all the performances, aside from the one I've already mentioned, are great. This is the quintessential romantic comedy. Whilst there is some schmaltz, I feel the movie breaks through it with the terrific humor and the amount of authenticity and genuine emotional poignancy.

And to end, I'll turn to the words of another splendid bugger, W.H. Auden.

"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message: He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good."

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