Bridesmaids (2011) review

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Bridesmaids (2011) review | The latest movie reviewsBridesmaids (2011) review | The latest movie reviewsA wedding theme is a stalwart of chick flicks, and despite all the trauma and comedy you know in the end that the beautiful wedding will come together and the handsome leads will say “I do”.  Thinking along these lines, it’s quite refreshing that Bridesmaids look at it from a different angle and highlights what a pain it can be for those who aren’t walking down the aisle in the white dress.

Kristen Wiig plays Annie, a pretty woman in her thirties who, after the failure of her bakery business is working in a jewellery shop. Just for a change she’s also unlucky in love, stuck in a loveless relationship with a conceited know it all who kicks her out of bed more often than he drags her into it. Amid all this chaos she has Lillian, her devoted best friend who she can always turn to.

When Lillian announces that she is engaged, Annie is the obvious choice to be the matron of honour, but she has a rival. This comes in the form of Helen, the wife of Lillian’s fiancé’s boss, who has quickly earmarked Lillian as her new best friend.  Wiig brings her impeccable comedy pedigree to this film; none more so than in the hilarious scene at the engagement party where she and Helen try to outdo each other with heartfelt speeches.

This gives a clue to the bitter resentment between the two that will continue to grow as the film progresses. Helen’s schemes to usurp Annie and take over the coveted matron of honour role make for some laugh out loud moments. The rather disgusting sequence when the entire bridal party goes down with food poisoning while dress shopping a posh shop seems rather misplaced and doesn’t bring anything to the film.

This scene was apparently the idea of the director and producer, and would be better placed in a gross out bloke comedy. They do sort of make up for it with the fizzing scenes between Annie and Lillian and the hilarious sex talks that take place between the two. Wiig also co-wrote the script for this film and generously givers her co-stars plenty of great lines and has created some great characters.

Wiig’s own portrayal of the insecure Annie is both funny and poignant, you end up really caring about this poor woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to create the life she wants and most of all find love. There is an inspired sequence where Annie tries desperately to rekindle the romance with a cop who she dumped and subsequently broke his heart.

For those who only know Kristen Wiig from her regular appearances on Saturday Night live, they will be pleasantly surprised at her prowess as both a writer and actress. Few successful stand ups can make the transition successfully to the big screen but Wiig pulls it off with aplomb. A fun film that will appeal to both sexes and well worth the price of a cinema ticket,

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