But in Confetti you get to see three truly unique weddings, and the planning that goes into them. A wedding based on old musicals seems like an idea headed for disaster unless all involved are professional performers; a tennis-themed wedding is decidedly unromantic and an all-nude wedding is just plain gross. In other words, it's all potentially fantastic comedy material.
Director Debbie Issit presents her romcom as a Christopher Guest-style mock-documentary, complete with interviews, handheld shots and improvisation. In fact, the whole movie was shot without any scripted dialogue, and improvised from scratch by the cast.
This is perhaps the root cause of the film's biggest problem, which is that it's simply not funny enough. There are a few great moments, but they are few and far between, and although Confetti is always watchable, you'll often find yourself patiently waiting for the exciting bits - much like if you were attending your second cousin's wedding.
Just because the cast have acted in a few good comedies doesn't mean they can come up with good comedy material all by themselves, and just because people can act funny doesn't mean they are funny. That's why it's called "acting", and good acting needs good direction.
This is not to say that Issit is a bad director - it's just that at times it seems she's not directing at all. There's far too much meandering for a 95-minute romcom, which, by its very nature, should be as structurally bound as a Shakespearian sonnet.
Despite this, Confetti isn't a bad movie. Its quirky enough to keeps its head above water, and the final multiple wedding scene will appeal to romantics. It's heart-warming without being gushy and sentimental, so it's a perfect date movie.
- Chris McEvoy
A British mock-documentary romcom in which an ensemble cast improvise their way through three outrageous weddings.
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