Destination Wedding

  • 15 Sep - 21 Sep, 2018
  • Farheen Jawaid
  • Reviews

While Destination Wedding may not be everyone’s cup of tea, it can’t be denied that it is refreshingly blunt, clumsy, unadorned, banter-spewing ride that’s never bores. When this many things are going right, one can’t say no to that.

Destination Wedding is the weirder and unabashed version of Before Sunrise and Before Sunset that predominantly pivots around a series of free flowing monologue-like conversations reminiscent of Woody Allen films. In a nutshell, Destination Wedding is about two people talking nonstop through their unplanned meeting to a wedding, being miserable there and finding each other at the end.

But to sell that premise the chemistry had to be instant, as it is here, as well as the fast-talking script made-up of endless supply of unrelenting gossips, life anecdotes, repartees and punchlines these two character could muster.

The movie starts in an airport where Lindsay (Winona Ryder) and Frank (Keanu Reeves), meet and instantly crosses verbal swords with each other. Soon they both realise they are going to the same wedding. The groom is Lindsay’s ex-finance and Frank is his half-brother.

These two misanthropes are put together in from all pre-wedding to post-wedding events. Stuck together, they do best of what they know: bemoan society, TV shows and world in general in monotone voices. To give them their space, the story keeps the two of them apart, isolated from the other guest and their hosts, in their own world, alone in their constant chatter and observance of life.

Visually Destination Wedding is without frills and pageantry. Written and directed by Victor Levin, the movie stands out because of these two characters and their chatter and impeccable comedic timing. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder, deliver long verbally heavy scenes without missing a single comedic beat.

This is the fourth movie Ryder and Reeves have done so far. In this true romance between the weird and weirder, Reeves has the best zingers as the more pessimist of the two who can’t really understand why he can’t stop interacting with a woman who is so annoying yet like him at the same time.

Destination Wedding is a pleasantly unusual movie, with dialogues and actors so kinetic and funny, things could not have been done better than this.