Title: Four Weddings and a Funeral Director: Mike Newell Year: 1994 Run time: 1hr 57
I have seen this before many times, whereas Mr C has not. Occasionally, I will quote the film and he will look at me blankly and I find it very frustrating. This must be how he feels all the time. Eventually, we stumbled across the film in HD on iTunes, and I decided enough was enough - it was time for Mr C to see the whole thing and to understand my quoting.
2:00 - How do you get shaving foam on you when you have a massive beard? 4:20 - That’s some bravery, reversing into the path of an oncoming lorry. 6:15 - I don’t know why I like this film, there are far too many weddings in it. 10:20 - Although weddings with this lot would be brilliant. 14:12 - Conversation at these things is always very awkward, it’s hard not to destroy someone’s entire faith in love. 16:03 - “He’s something of a dish.” 18:39 - Blimey, he got through a speech without making a faux pas. Incredible. 23:20 - I could just do with a plate of eggs and bake. Or is it bac? 24:17 - They have the most awkward conversations in the world. I can’t believe this film hangs on their relationship. 26:48 - They’ve left him in the middle of nowhere. He didn’t even know what the pub was called, how does he know where it is? 30:24 - “I don’t normally think of myself as a skulker.” And to this she is attracted. 34:24 - I should probably watch Fatal Attraction. 37:45 - Mr Bean being a priest. 42:26 - Marriage is just a way of coming up with something to talk about. And then… children. 44:25 - Not sure why she’s at this wedding. 47:29 - Worst dinner table ever! Someone has sat him there as a joke, it’s the only explanation. 55:12 - There is no good sentence that starts “I’ve talked to lots of people about you.” 59:19 - Is it not a bit rude to invite him to her wedding? 1:00:56 - He’d just follow her anywhere. Crazy. 1:04:41 - 33! 1:09:33 - Rain and thunder, it must be Scotland! 1:11:25 - Bagpipes! 1:17:09 - “The deed is done.” A good description of falling in love. 1:25:51 - Having an enormous capacity for joy is an excellent way to be remembered. Epic speech. 1:33:20 - I do quite like Scarlet, she’s gloriously unbothered. 1:40:07 - I wanted to tell you but I thought I’d wait until your wedding day. 1:46:34 - My god, the wedding march is awful. 1:51:44 - Worst line in all of cinema coming right up. Surpassed only, perhaps, by “I’m flying.”
Interestingly, the film doesn’t really stand up on repeated viewings. It manages to have some of the best and worst dialogue all in one film. I genuinely cannot cope with the “is it raining” thing, but at the same time, the funeral scene is just beautiful. I don’t understand the chemistry or attraction between Hugh and Andie, but I love pretty much all the conversations he has with his friends. It’s certainly clear that Richard Curtis improved on this as he wrote more films - because they are all quite a similar story and this is a fantastically rich base to build on. I particularly love the little things, like the couple from the first wedding having babies by the last one, and the trainee priest being just a little bit nervous on his first wedding attempt. Good, not great, but still a classic nonetheless.