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|Original title:||Destination Wedding|
|Production country:||USA 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 90 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
Bad enough that Lindsay (Winona Ryder) has to go to her ex's wedding. To top it all off, she also meets his brother Frank (Keanu Reeves), who seems like a real stinky boot to her after just a few moments. But even the impression Lindsay makes on Frank is not a good one. To him, she's just a self-pitying pain in the ass. It would be best if the two of them avoided each other - but fate brings them together again and again. And so out of initial quarrels something like sympathy grows. But love can never be … or maybe?
"Destination Wedding" reunites Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder in front of the camera again after 26 years. And at the beginning it actually seems that this comedic anti romance has more bite than "Dracula", who made their love difficult in their last movie together. The way Frank and Lindsay drive each other crazy, even though they are more similar than they might think, is charming and funny. The whole thing works especially well, though, because the chemistry between Reeves and Ryder is just right.
Watching your cabal would be even more fun if the script were as good as the interplay of the main actors. But unfortunately, the dialogues aren't clever and biting enough to carry the actually very thin story over 90 minutes. The nice pictures and the good acting duo can't do much against the fact that despite the rather clear running time of the movie, clear lengths appear after half of the movie at the latest. Because at some point the conversations between Lindsay and Frank only go round in circles and the viewer knows long ago what the whole thing will lead to.
No question, "Destination Wedding" is a nice film that plays in an amusing way with the conventions of usual romantic comedies. But director Victor Levin relies too much on excessive dialogues and not only loses sight of the joke, but also of the charm. If you can content yourself with just being entertained in a nice way and if you aren't quickly annoyed by long conversations similar to those from "Before Sunrise" and its two successors, then this very romantic anti romance can be recommended despite its weaknesses. Worth seeing
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