Monday, 23 July 2012


2011 has been a bit mixed for comedies so far. To start with, there was the mildly disappointing Hangover 2. It wasn't bad, it was just so formulaic and predictable it was painful. But sure, it was funny, and it was a decent hour and a half. I gave it 3/5. Secondly, there was Paul. Pegg and Frost still work well together, and Paul was another triumph. Very funny, and with some heart, it was only let down but it's over reliance on swearing and it's pacing. I gave it 3.5/5. So, an Ok but not amazing start for comedies in 2011. But then came Bridesmaids. 

Annie (Kristen Wiig) has just been appointed the Maid of Honour at her best friend's (Maya Rudolph) wedding. Lacking money, she always tries to get the cheapest stuff available, but that isn't possible when rival Bridesmaid Helen (Rose Byrne) is constantly trying to upstage her, and steal Lillian as her own best friend. Annie is starting to lose the plot, and finds a small-term relationship with Police Officer Nathan (Chris O'Dowd), which isn't really enough for her. Can she keep her calm and get this wedding organised the way she wants? 

I'll start here by saying that both my stomach and my cheeks hurt after watching this. I honestly laughed from start to finish. Truth be told, I watched this last night, and my Mum came into my room to tell me to quieten down. I physically couldn't breathe at points. It really is that funny. In fact, I'd rank it as better than both Hangovers' put together. Why? One word: Heart. 

I'll begin with the comedy. Pardon my language, but it is fucking hilarious. What's great about the comedy in "Bridesmaids" is that the comedy is vulgar, and sometimes repulsive, but it rarely relies on cursing for its laughs. It's slapstick, and there's a fair few laughs tucked away in the lines and awkward situations. The best scenes involve a dress fitting, which concludes in one character taking a sh*t in the middle of the street, and a truly outstandingly funny scene on a plane. This involves a drunken Annie stumbling her way into First Class, trying to fool the guards. The outcomes are simply fantastic. 

Also, the acting is pretty faultless too. By no means is it Oscar-worthy, but it's still good. Kristen Wiig is very believable as the struggling Bridesmaid, and really sells her part. Chris O'Dowd, who I know as Roy from IT Crowd, came across well too, in his first big movie. He had a vulnerability about him, which just made him likeable. The remaining cast are all decent, no-one faults and they make for a solid support. Especially Rose Byrne, she deserves a mention. She was also very good. 

I liked all the characters as well, except the one's we're not meant to like. The whole way through, I just felt sorry for Annie. We really grow attached to her; she's always pushed to the back despite believing she is Lillian's best friend. It's something we can all relate to. My favourite character, though, has to be Megan (Melissa McCarthy). Basically, the fat one. She steals both of the two scenes I mentioned earlier. She's well acted, and makes easy use of her weight. At one point, she goes to the toilet in a sink, and tries to bring a complete stranger into the toilet with her on a plane; because she is convinced he is an Air Marshall. I had tears in my ears. It really is brilliantly executed. 

Now, the thing that makes it better than the Hangover movies. There is emotion in this film. We feel sorry for the characters, and I always want the best for each one. Whereas, in the Hangover we want the worst for them, we want them to suffer, which can only get us so far. The characters in "Bridesmaids" are so well developed, and so full of their own kinds of emotion, I just wanted them all to succeed. And, when it all goes wrong for Annie in the middle, I just felt for her. God knows why, I just did. 

In my review for Paul earlier this year, I stated it as the funniest film of the year so far. Sorry guys, it's lost its place. But, that's not a bad thing, because it has lost its place to one of the funniest comedies I have EVER seen! Now, I know what you're thinking; "It's another stupid chick flick". Yes, yes it is. Should that put you off? No. Trust me; this is one comedy that you do not want to miss. It's one of the only comedies I've seen in a while that doesn't rely on swearing; this comedy is for our eyes, not our ears. And what an effect it passes with. Watch and learn, Todd Phillips. Watch and learn. 

To Summarise: Well acted, nicely executed and outstandingly funny, "Bridesmaids" has set the new comedy standard high for both laughs and heart.

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