“You want the wedding, you don’t want the marriage!”
What does a true blue romantic at heart do on a weekend? She drags her fiance to catch the feel good rom-com 27 Dresses, of course.
From the onset, it was clear that this was Katherine Heigl’s vehicle and the others in the film are merely the fleeting scenery. And we all know what happens to the good girls in rom-coms – they end up with their Prince Charmings happily every after. That said, although the movie was predictable, the journey to the denouement was a thoroughly pleasant one (although I can’t say the same for the poor fiance).
The beautiful Heigl dyes her hair brown and is actually convincing as a plain Jane (literally) who is always the bridesmaid and never the bride. But it is her chemistry with the gorgeous James Marsden that lifts the movie. First, they quarrel. Then they discover that they hold similar values dear to their hearts. And then there’s the Misunderstanding which resolves into a fairy tale ending.
Maybe it’s because I am a soppy at heart but I enjoyed the movie very much because I think it encapsulated the process of two lovely people falling in love perfectly. They each have their own little emotional baggage to cast aside, which they do eventually. They are flawed, funny and extremely self-deprecating, which is great to watch on the big screen. And they are silver screen portrayals of my belief that your partner may not be perfect to you but he is perfect for you.
The wedding scene at the end of the movie is exactly how I would like mine to be, if I had my way. Small (minus the 27 “brides”), cosy and witnessed by the people who really matter in our lives. It helps that Heigl looked so beautiful in her 28th dress, and that James Marsden was smouldering hot at the end of the aisle. Swoon.
Go catch it for a fluffy, delightful day out but leave your boyfriend behind. He will thank you for it.