Saturday, January 21, 2012
It's hard not to be a fan of Bridesmaids. The script is so good, and it's got some terrific performances. And while it's been likened to The Hangover only with females, it's really, with the exception of a few scenes, a social commentary on our passive aggressive tendencies. It's about social behavior during big occasions, about what happens when social norms aren't followed. Don't let this sound like a self-important preacher feature. This social exploration is exactly what makes Bridesmaids the funniest movie of 2011. The chief reason to see the film is the relationship between Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne, two of the bridesmaids selected for the big wedding of their best friend. Wiig is loose, friendly, and spiraling out of control. Byrne is one of those gorgeous rich women who has everything, is strongly opinionated, and treats everyone very sweetly. The two characters hate each other, yet rather than confronting each other on it, they, understandably, allow it to build up to an inevitable explosion. Bridesmaids is best when it's funny, but unfortunately I felt that it lost interest in being a comedy about halfway through to focus on Wiig's character. Really the movie seems to be about her falling low, to the bottom, and then slowly making it back up. In the end it makes for an overly dramatic, overly long movie. And really there's almost as much dramatic content as there is comedy. The latter works okay. Gladly the former is quite splendid and sharp.