The Five-Year Engagement

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

 

Weddings can be pretty expensive, and it can be hard to fit and plan a wedding into your already busy life.  Tom, played by Jason Segel, is a sous chef with an expensive restaurant.  His girlfriend Violet, played by Emily Blunt, is a psychology graduate.  The two become engaged after a year of dating, but their plans to get married don’t happen as quickly.  Violet is offered a job in Michigan, and the two decide to move there for a short term then move back and get married in San Francisco.  As the amount of time spent in Michigan gets extended, it puts a strain on the relationship, with many bumps along the way.

Jason Segel is always cast as the funny guy in whatever he plays in.  He did have a hand in writing this movie, so I’m sure that helped him land the role.  I would be interested in seeing him play a really serious dramatic role.  Emily Blunt is one of those pleasant british actresses that you don’t mind seeing, and would like to see more of.  She is pretty versatile in her roles, and oddly enough I have not seen her in anything that has made her lose the british accent yet.  As for the comedy role, she pulls it off well.  There is a scene in the last 1/4 of the film where her and her sister are having an argument in front of her sisters daughter.  The daughter insists that her mom talks in her Elmo voice, then proceeds to tell her aunty Violet to speak in a Cookie monster voice.  This is a pretty hilarious scene and Emily Blunt does a pretty good Cookie Monster impression!

The Five-Year Engagement seemed kinda just like that.  I felt like I was dragged into a Five-Year engagement to watch the film.  As you don’t see much of year one but flashbacks, I would say that the most useful years were 1/2 and 5.  I could have done without 3 and 4.  I understand they had to fit in all the hardships that the couple faced, but a lot of it was added for comedic value and managed to take up a lot of time with these side plots/side lives.  The film was peppered with some good laughs throughout. I think if the middle of the film was tweaked a bit and made shorter, the film would have been much better.  It does end nicely with smiles, warm hearts, and laughs.

As much as I would like to look at the positives of the laughs and what not, I can’t say that I would recommend this movie.  The length and the slow middle of the film hit it pretty hard, and this one isn’t going out of any parks.  Feel free to check it out if you have spare time for some of the laughs, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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