Tuesday, March 25, 2008
27 Dresses - the 'chick flick alert' review
27 Dresses (12a)
Dir. Anne Fletcher
Reviewed by Matt Adcock
Viewer caution advised: You need to know what you’re getting into here…
This film is so far into ‘chick flick’ territory that they might not even let you in to see 27 Dresses unless you are either female or have a date on your arm.
So step up likely love interest Jane (the lovely Katherine ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Heigl) – she’s a total babe, yet somehow has managed to become a perpetual bridesmaid and never the bride. She even has the 27 variously hideous dresses from the title to prove it. Jane you see spends all her time, apart from obviously when helping to arrange the weddings of / being a bridesmaid for her many friends, endlessly swooning over her boss (Ed Burns). However it seems he just can’t see that the woman of his dreams is right under his nose…
Oh wait a minute – who’s this? Why if it isn’t Jane’s hot younger sister Tess (Malin ‘soon to be Silk Spectre II in next year’s Watchmen’ Akerman) let’s hope she doesn’t take a fancy to Jane’s boss too because that might make things difficult…
Ooops, spoke too soon…
Okay, now all we need is a hunky loveable rogue to turn up and handily be Jane’s Mr Right – even though she’ll obviously spend most of the movie denying that she likes him, ah yes, James Marsden, you’ll do nicely.
Now inject the predictable proceedings with a decent script, some real chemistry between the lead roles and some very funny scenes… bring to boil over various misunderstandings and sisterly bitchiness and voila - potentially the best chick flick of the year and absolute safe bet for a date movie.
If 27 Dresses was a girl, it would be a cheerleader with a big heart – one that looks good and is always going to do the right thing in the end. If you’re a fan of romantic comedys then you’ll have seen much of this film before, only maybe not quite as slickly put together or credibly acted. Everything is present and correct from the sisters fighting for the same guy, to the dark horse newspaper columnist who Jane should be falling for (not me alas).
You don’t need to be a detective to spot how it will end but here the journey is enjoyable enough to certainly warrant a viewing – it even got the thumbs up from my Mrs and she knows a thing or two about rom-coms!
"the crazy girl on girl action... never really gets going if I'm honest"
DARKMATTERS RATING SYSTEM (all ratings out of maximum 10):
Endorphin Stimulation: öööööö (6)
- Watching attractive women isn't too hard work
Tasty Action: ööööö (5)
- Limited to some chasing about and drunken song scene
Gratuitous Babeness: ööööööö (7)
- Heigl is hot, Akerman isn't bad either!
Mind Blight / Boredom: ööööö (5)
- Soppy yes, but not too dull
Comedic Value: öööööööö (8)
- Yep it's funnier than you might expect... when Heigl is being interviewed and says "Oh yeah, I'm a real good caulker" and the reporter says dead pan into his recorder "likes caulk (pronounced 'cock')"... damn well it made me laugh...
Arbitrary final rating: öööööö (6)
- This is one chick flick worth taking up the aisle
Liable to make you:
"try and pull a bridesmaid"
DM Poster Quote:
“she done it 27 times for her pals..."
"see - told you Heigl was hot!"
Darkmatters: H O M E
Posted by Matt Adcock at 10:39 pm