MARRY ME (2022) REVIEW
A COMFORTABLE SWEET WATCH
Romantic comedies are a subgenre of Hollywood’s blockbuster film genres, which invest in big-budget tentpole films or smaller scale artistic pictures (capable of Oscar nominations).
As a subgenre of both romance and comedy movies, romantic comedies have been around for quite some time; showcasing films with light-hearted, hilarious, and dramatic tales that usually revolve around romantic nuances (such “true love”) and may overcome difficult challenges (be it family, friends, or some unseen challenge).
For a “broader” audience, romantic comedies can also borrow from other cinema genres. These include The Philadelphia Story (1940), Roman Holiday (1953), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), The Princess Bride (1987), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Waitress (2007), Big Sick (2017), and Crazy Rich Asians (2018). Marry Me, from Universal Pictures and director Kat Coiro, is now available. This new rom-com production is conventional and lacks charm in its love and romance clichés.
Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) is a famous musician who plans to marry her sweetheart and duet partner, Bastian (Maluma), during a special show marking the end of her tour. During the show, Kat discovers Bastian has cheated on her, leaving her without a companion for the white wedding finale. Kat pulls out Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson) from the crowd, with his daughter Lou (Chloe Coleman) and colleague teacher Parker Dibbs (Sarah Silverman).After the show, Charlie realizes he married Kat and is puzzled. Kat encourages Charlie to remain with her for several months as she introduces him to her star-studded life. Soon, what began as a publicity stunt for Kat and Charlie’s developing romance evolves into much more.
THE Bad/ THE Good
If this opening paragraph sounds familiar, it’s because I used it in my reviews of Crazy Rich Asians and Isn’t it Romantic. Not because I’m lazy, but because it achieved its goal in expressing my views on romantic comedies. So does the next paragraph. So…. (without delay) I’ve already mentioned that my favorite film genres are action, fantasy, and animated. I enjoy other film genres, but those are my favorites. Nonetheless, I enjoy some “romantic comedies”. Generally, I enjoy watching them since they are (as indicated above) “light-hearted”, which means I don’t have to exert too much effort to watch them.
Most films have two lovers who face a challenge that tests their love, but some try to add nuances and qualities to compensate for the familiar landscape. I watch these movies as background noise when I’m doing something “around the house” (cleaning up or working). The Princess Bride and Forgetting Sarah Marshall are a few of the romantic comedies that I enjoy watching. But Crazy Rich Asians (2018) was one of my all-time favorites’, almost defining what a romantic comedy should be (in every sense of the word). While some cinema snobs may disdain this subgenre, it is nonetheless a popular one that should not be disregarded.
Back to Marry Me, a romantic comedy film due in 2022. This project was easily disregarded due to the abundance of rom-coms. Several months ago. A typical Hollywood love story one character famous, the other average. The trailer reminds me of a typical rom-com, therefore I’m skeptical. What I saw was peaceful. Who doesn’t want to fall in love and laugh? Was delighted to have Lopez back. So I saw Marry Me on opening weekend. So, my thoughts? It was fun. With its sincere (but odd) storyline, Marry Me is a wonderful and fascinating picture to watch for almost two hours. But it’s one of the most adorable romantic comedies to watch.
Kat Coiro has directed films including It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Mick. Marry Me is Coiro’s most ambitious production to date, and she does an admirable job directing it. Without breaking “the romantic comedy mold,” Coiro reinforces the overarching idealistic and branded notions that distinguish the genre. Coiro finds power in the romantic comedy angle, despite some shortcomings (more on that later). In the film, an ordinary “everyman” fights a famous celebrity popstar. In movies and romantic comedies, odd incidents and fate twists are common. Marry Me is a charming and heartfelt rom-com that works because Coiro enjoys it. Coiro clearly understands and can appeal to her target market.
More importantly, Coiro keeps the picture light on its feet and never veers from the main plot with extraneous side points and/or characters. This gives Marry Me a solid overall tempo and a “breezy” mood for its 112 minute runtime (one hour and fifty-two minutes). Plus, like most romantic comedies, it’s full of wide comedy, romance, and sentimentality. There is nothing vulgar to offend, giving the film a “PG” atmosphere despite its PG-13 designation. Overall, I think Coiro did an excellent job directing Marry Me, a beautiful and sweet love story
Marry Me also succeeds in the music department. Of course, the typical romantic comedy background songs are wonderful in spots, but I’m referring to the songs sung by Jennifer Lopez and Maluma. Songs like “Marry Me”, “Church”, “1 eon 1 Million”, “Love of My Life” and “On My Way” have a pop music feel that assist market the movie, but the other half of the songs have a stronger/deeper meaning love and romance like “On My Way” and “After Love”. Yes, I enjoyed and downloaded “On My Way” from iTunes. I know it’s a cliché love song, but I enjoy listening to it. Overall, the soundtrack for Marry Me is fantastic, and it adds greatly to the film’s overall appeal.
Marry Me hits all the right emotional and aesthetic elements. This not only reflects the film’s professional presentation, but also its “look and feel” in virtually every scene, from street corners to opulent music halls. It’s like a modern rom-com. Thank you to the film’s production designer Jane Musky, set decorator Keri Lederman, and cinematographer Florian Balaua. To Caroline Duncan and Dias Guillart costumes. But I’m speaking to Jennifer Lopez’s Kat Valdez’s magnificent pieces and ensembles that appear to be J-LO would wear in the actual world (both casual and while perform). This includes the film’s hair and makeup artists who worked on Lopez’s character. Finally, John Debney’s score is superb throughout. It has rom-com qualities and evokes the same sentiments and affection. Enough said.
There are a few things I disliked about Marry Me, both the romantic comedy portion and the total endeavor from idea to execution. One of the most important is the overall format and flow of the film. So, what? For better or worse, Marry Me (as stated above) adheres to the romantic comedy genre’s usual fanfare and/or mantras. This means it contains all of the classic rom-com clichés and tropes, making the whole venture feel predictable. I wouldn’t call it horrible or deplorable, but it does have a romantic comedy vibe to it without really going somewhere new. I mean….Crazy 2018’s Rich Asians is a prime example of how to build a nice romantic comedy by researching Asian culture with an all Asian cast. Marry Me is an excellent rom-com with predictable storyline points, narrative framework, and cookie cutter characters.
Coiro’s direction is a factor. The picture could’ve used a touch more courage or depth in a few locales and situations. The other, and most crucial, element is the screenplay. The script by John Rogers, Tami Sagher, and Harper Dill keeps the movie a romantic comedy. My only complaint is the script’s lack of depth and substance. For example, the movie might have easily addressed a popstar’s loneliness, modern dating difficulties, and the pitfalls of social networking. Marry Me also looks a lot like the 1999 romantic comedy Noting Hill. For decades, romantic comedies have been rehashed, retooled, and recycled. Marry Me was comparable to Noting Hill, but the feeling of watching the same movie with new characters and a new aesthetic lingered.
As stated previously, the film offers nothing new, making it a “comfort food” film for many. Romantic comedy is an acquired taste, and whether or not viewers enjoy Mary Me depends on their cuisine preferences. I was expecting this, so it didn’t disturb me as much. A bit more “coloring outside the lines” of the narrative would’ve been nice.
With a solid variety of acting skills throughout the film, Marry Me has a great cast. Unfortunately, most of them play “cookie cutter” characters in romantic comedies. Actress Jennifer Lopez plays Kat Valdez, the movie’s main star. Like her character in Marry Me, Lopez has found popularity and success as a celebrity. It’s not surprising to see Lopez play a big popstar musician like Kat Valdez in this romantic comedy. Lopez does a good job in this regard, considering she is basically playing herself. Throughout her scenes, Lopez portrays Kat with warmth, fun, and sincerity, as well. Because Lopez has played this role before in other films, one may argue that she is simply rehashing the dramatic emotional sections from her past roles in rom-coms. Deserving of the role and the film, she plays Kat Valdez with aplomb, making her a delight to watch throughout.
Similarly, Owen Wilson, who plays Charlie Gilbert in the film, is a fantastic fit. Famous for his roles in Bottle Rocket, Wedding Crashers, and The Internship, Wilson is known for his hilarious swagger that he brings to practically every role he is given. Wilson’s portrayal of Charlie Gilbert in Marry Me is another collection in his filmography, with the actor once again bringing his strength to the role. Like Lopez, Charlie is a classic romantic comedy character, a single dad raising a child in the city with a mediocre career. It’s been done before, but Wilson’s character is amusing with his inane peculiarities and overall personality. Overall, I think Wilson is a terrific choice for the role of Charlie Gilbert, the movie’s “average” man. The fun love banter between Wilson and Lopez is also sweet to witness, with the duo having strong on-screen chemistry whenever they are together.
I think Chloe Coleman’s performance as Charlie’s daughter, Lou Gilbert, is the weakest of the three main characters. In fact, she holds her own against Lopez and Wilson, especially when put up against her in Big Little Lies, Gunpowder Milkshake, and My Spy. Her character and writing are her main flaws, as there are multiple places in Marry Me where her character should have been present but was excluded. Also, her plot arc could’ve been stronger. It’s true that she has the film’s weakest character arc, making her character the least engaging. Still, Coleman is good as Lou. I only wish the writing had given her more of a role in the tale.
Parker Debbs, Charlie’s undergraduate co-worker and best friend, is played by Sarah Silverman (Wreck-It Ralph). Silverman is hilarious as the “sassy” friend. Despite the cliché, Silverman is wonderful in Marry Me. Colin Calloway’s manager is John Bradley (Moon fall, Game of Thrones). Aside from his Game of Thrones role, I loved Bradley’s performance in Marry Me. He never overacts and is good in rom-coms. Finally, Maluma (Mi Selection Columbia, Encino) plays Bastian, Kat Valdez’s romantic interest and co-duet partner. Like Coleman’s Low, Bastian is the ex-“challenging boyfriend’s” challenge to overcome. That’s all he is. Maluma is good as the archetypal rom-com Bastian.
Aside from Charlie and Parker’s teacher colleague Jonathan Pitts, the movie’s other cast members include Michelle Bateau (Tales of the City and Always Be My Maybe), Jameel Jamil (The Good Place and Crossing Swords), and Utkarsh Ambedkar (Free Guy and Pitch Perfect). While these characters have little roles in their individual portions, their acting is solid in whatever capacity they are given.
When Charlie Gilbert unexpectedly marries popstar Kat Valdez after a concert, his life is turned upside down. Le dernier film de Kat Coiro is a genuine romantic comedy that highlights the subgenre’s strengths and flaws. A conventional storyline, predictable characters/story components, and a lack of context aside, the picture succeeds due to Coiro’s direction, wonderful music, a lovely nostalgic ambiance and pace, as well as a pleasant cast that features Lopez and Wilson. I liked it. It was a charming and heartwarming film, with Wilson and Lopez finding a good cadence in their performances. Not reinventing the wheel, but reinforcing it for a heartwarming experience. An enthusiastic recommendation for lovers of rom-coms and a good “rent” for a date night or girls night in. Marry Me is a lovely reminder of finding exquisite satisfaction in experiencing cinematic love within a romantic comedy venture.
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3.9 Out of 5 (Recommended / Rent It)
Released On: February 11th, 2022
Reviewed On: February 18th, 2022
Marry Me runs 112 minutes and is rated PG-13 for language and sexual content.