Last night I finished watching Four Weddings and a Funeral. It was another film from which I remember only snippets of. The film came out in 1994 and although I can’t find an academic reference (and thus would fail were this an essay*) to it being the gateway film for all following romantic comedies, it definitely is.
Four Weddings follows follows the adventures of a group of friends through the eyes of Charles (Hugh Grant), a good-natured but socially awkward Briton, who is smitten with Carrie (Andie MacDowell), an American whom Charles repeatedly meets at four weddings and at a funeral.
A few observations:
Spoiler alert: both Carrie and Charles are horrible, unlikable characters. Carrie cheats on her fiance like it ain’t no thing and Charles slinks back to an emotionally unstable ex-girlfriend, proposes to her and then dumps and her and her giant white puffy sleeves at the alter. Certified douchebag behaviour.
It’s a very funny movie. A great script and well acted.
1994 fashion is well and truly back. There were many outfits (save for a few ankle grazing hemlines) that would not be out of place in 2015. I would pretty much wear anything Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas) wears. All of the wedding dresses are predictably hideous though.
Hugh Grant was rather dishy. I can sort of understand why he was such a heart throb now.
I like the movie’s message about friendship. All of the romantic relationships are portrayed pretty badly, but the enduring friendships are something to take away from all this.
Your thoughts? Have you seen Four Weddings?
(*I’m actually rather surprised I never wrote an essay on this movie at university. I did complete a Bachelor of Arts after all.)