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I'm not quite sure what I'm missing here, but I thought this was an
excellent rom-com and one of the best I've seen in a long time; a
pleasant surprise. I laughed a lot more than expected (uncontrollably
at times) and I thought Jason Segel and Emily Blunt had great
chemistry. The story had depth and was above the typical rom-com fare.
The characters were realistic and conveyed with some unexpected authenticity at times, leading to a few surprisingly strong moments in the film. Admittedly, it did drag a bit near the end but I still found it wholly entertaining. As far as these kinds of films go, it hit all the right notes for me. An underrated and very enjoyable film, don't miss this one!
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The Five-Year Engagement is a much better film than people give it
credit for. While it may be overlong especially for a romantic comedy,
I feel like this movie goes by fast and was almost disappointed when
the film was over. I liked the film because it does not rely on
gross-out gags, but it relies on charisma and it's heart to tell the
story. While some things may seem conventional, it works because you
come to relate to each character in the film.
Nicholas Stoller's film is about a couple named Tom and Violet. They recently get engaged and are due to be married. But there are many mishaps along the way that continually delay their marriage which will eventually strain their relationship.
The acting is very good mainly because of the two leads. Jason Segel is a smart, charming actor who can be really funny at times. Emily Blunt is also a charismatic, attractive actress who shows great chemistry with Segel. I also must mention Chris Pratt and Alison Brie because they had some scene-stealing moments together.
Overall, this is a lovely romantic film that is just sweet. In terms of recent romantic comedies, this ranks with the best. It may be a bit long and some scenes featured choppy editing, but those didn't stop this movie from being good and charming, not also to mention charming. I rate this film 9/10.
Five is a harsh rating. But that's how I feel after watching it. The problem with this movie is it's inconsistency. It starts as your typical, cheap-but-at-the-same-time-pretty comedy. Then some other elements pop up, like the aspect of psychology and melancholia. It keeps switching back and forth between clever scenes and really awkward and dumb ones. A movie cannot be The Wedding Crashers and Everything Must Go at the same time. The mix is just too weird. (They are just examples of very different comedy approaches. Story-wise they have nothing to do with The 5-Year Engagement.) So the quality of the movie is very much like a flickering neon light. Bright moments followed by dim ones.
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If you watched a title marked as a romantic comedy back in the 90's, that's exactly what you got. You spent an hour and a half laughing and feeling all warm and fuzzy whilst the romantic plot unraveled. But somehow, slowly over the last 10 years comedies seem to have evolved in a way that adds way more drama to the whole concept of this genre. You don't just get comedy now. Serious and lifelike topics are implemented into the movies, adding more depth to the stories. But depth comes at a price, since these new typed comedies don't offer the same experience as the old ones did. You'd want to feel happy and pleasant while watching them. Instead sometimes parts of these comedies can be extremely sad, even depressing, certainly not something you'd expect from a comedy (e.g. The movie "Click" with Adam Sandler).Because of that the viewer is often taken by surprise. He didn't sign up for this. He wants some loose entertainment, not heart breaking drama. The reason why i am writing this is because "the five-year engagement" is exactly that kind of comedy. It's very funny, but also sad. It's witty and original but also very real. It brilliantly portrays the relationship of two lovers, who despite being deeply committed to each other, slowly grow apart because of the decisions they make in life. Decisions we all make in life. It almost comes across as warning to what can happen in a relationship if you're not attentive enough. So if you're looking for an unsophisticated, straightforward comedy you might wanna skip this one. But if you're comfortable with a bit of drama, this movie is definitely a must see!
For a romantic comedy, then "The Five-Year Engagement" was actually
rather enjoyable, and better than so many others in the same genre.
Why? Well because it was well-written and so well produced, that is
just came off as really believable on the screen.
The story is about sou-chef Tom Solomon (played by Jason Segel) who proposes to his girlfriend through one year Violet Barnes (played by Emily Blunt). Violet is given a lifetime opportunity at Michigan University and the couple puts their wedding plans on hold, uproots from San Francisco to chase after this opportunity. But life in Michigan is not as smooth and well-oiled as in San Francisco.
Actually, this storyline was really good, because the events and the characters portrayed throughout the movie were great, realistic and believable. And they really did a good job writing the script for this movie.
And it also helped the movie that they had some really great actors and actresses on the list. Of course, Jason Segel as one of the two lead roles was shining like a star in this movie, he was just carrying the movie so nicely. But there was also so many great performances by the supporting cast, and lots of familiar faces to be see.
There were some really great moments throughout the movie, moments that will make you laugh, sigh, frown and perhaps even shed a tear or two. This movie had it all. Plus you get to see Jason Segel with a hilarious beard that looks like something from the last century.
If you are a fan of the romantic comedy genre, then you definitely should check this out, as it is not aimed solely for a female audience; this movie is suitable for men and women alike. As it deals with some very realistic things of life and how unforeseen living can be. I was thoroughly entertained by this movie, and normally I am not too keen on the romantic comedy genre as they tend to be a bit too sugar-coated and aimed at the lady audience in general.
The Five-Year Engagement is Nicholas Stoller's third outing as director
after the poor Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the awful Get Him To The
Greek. It is an improvement on the other two but that's a little like
saying Gemini managed to hit a few of the right notes at the Eurovision
Song Contest in 2003.
If you haven't guessed from the title, The Five-Year Engagement tells the story of Tom (Jason Segal) and Violet's (Emily Blunt) protracted engagement from the initial proposal, along the emotional roller-coaster, past the peripheral pressures that tangle their relationship and all the way to the conclusion, which, naturally, I'm not about to reveal here. Why does it take so long for them to marry? Well, there's always something else better to do. Or maybe, deep down, they just aren't right for each other. Or maybe Ignoring the issue that Jason and Emily, sorry, Tom and Violet don't look as though, realistically, they'd find each other attractive, theirs is a sweetly clumsy relationship that bumbles along despite their differences. He's a sous chef destined for great things, she's an academic in the world of social psychology; he's on the verge of a promotion, she lands a two-year placement at the University of Michigan; he selflessly puts his career on hold for her, she, ah, well, let's leave it at that. Go and watch the film if you want to know more.
Emily Blunt is a Golden Globe-winning actress who has watched her career explode since her scene-stealing turn in The Devil Wears Prada. Unfortunately, for us, she seems to be coasting along in well-paid, high-exposure roles rather than the meaty characters in challenging work that she started out in. That's not to say she's poor in The Five-Year Engagement; she isn't. Blunt plays Violet with conviction so that we at times want to slap her for being so utterly selfish and hug her for her moments of loveliness.
Segal, likewise, plays the fiancé with sincerity, if not with great depth, and proves again he's a safe bet for any dependable but slightly dorky sidekick or lovable husband/boyfriend. The groans come not as a result of their performances but due to the situations scripted for their characters. Is she really that callous/blind/stupid? Is he really that much of a doormat, so weak, so crushable? Would they really degenerate to this? Rhys Ifans is enjoyably immoral and detestable but, alas, veers too close to the pantomime villain than is good for him or us as Violet's professor, Winton Childs. But The Five-Year Engagement is most watchable and most enjoyable when the screen is dominated by the perfectly-matched, absolutely-wrong-for-each-other couple of Alison Brie and Chris Pratt as Violet's sister, Suzie, and Tom's best friend, Alex. Yes, there are times when it's a little too obvious but boredom is never a problem when they are around. Pratt is tunelessly, gauchely amusing and Brie gives us an amalgam of her pretentious Trudy Campbell (from Madmen) and her highly-strung, lovable freak Annie Eddison (Community), that is absolutely the most memorable, enjoyable performance and the constant high-point throughout.
There are some genuinely very funny moments (a few even from the lead couple) that prompt one or two gentle guffaws and the final sequence is as heartwarming and engaging as any good rom-com finale but there's an awful lot of leaden scenes that prevent it from floating as such a film should. It really needed a ruthless script editor brave enough to scythe a good 45 minutes from its two-hour plus running time. There is far too much stodge and far too many labored, forced, humourless moments that prompt repeated glances at the clock.
The Five-Year Engagement should have made for a light, easy, satisfying meringue but instead it serves as quagmire of inedible black treacle with the occasional marzipan covered cherry. Please, God, don't let them make The Twenty-Five Year Marriage.
So before Jason Segel was to revel in success, he was advised by a good
friend in the movie industry. That good friend was a guy by the name of
Nicholas Stoller. That advice was on the basis of being a true success
out in movie-land (Hollywood) and in order for his talents to be
identified, he must write and create his own characters.
Since then he has done wonders, including the hilarious "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"(2008), "Get him to the Greek"(2011) as well as a memorable resurrection of "The Muppets"(2011). He returns to the screen with long-time friend Emily Blunt in The Five Year Engagement.
Tom (Segel) is a long-time chef in San-Francisco. A well established one at that, he is destined to spend the rest of his life with Violet (Blunt). After only a year since they met, in what was hilarious circumstances, Tom proposes to Violet in what is quite the funny introduction to Tom's awkward ego. Awkward being an understatement.
Both seem financially settled as Violet's career in psychology seems to reach new heights everyday. Things turn sour when Violet receives an invitation into what seems a once in a life time opportunity, the unfortunate thing for Tom is that the position she dreams of is in Michigan! The prospect of life in snowy temperatures sails over the head of Tom as he shows his desire to Violet by agreeing the move, believing his cooking abilities will be an advantage else where.
As Tom is destined for a revived career in Michigan, he struggles to find a position to his standard. (previously a head chef).
The comedy evolves through-out the time of the movie, as well as the time in the movie! A five year engagement may seem acceptable to those suffering financially, but in Tom and Violet's circumstances, the reality is that the people around them are dying waiting on this wedding to happen...literally!
Tom's best friend and former cook buddy Alex (Chris Pratt) is hilarious with his constant irritating, childish behavior! What was once Tom's life back home, is now run by Alex. To make matters worse for Tom and Violet, Alex marries Violet's sister in such short time, in what slowly evolves into a game of envy and jealousy!
As Tom quickly struggles with life in Michigan, Violet is loving her new position as she fights off her former lover and current boss Winton (Rhys Ifans) who appears destined to help Violet settle into her new life. Although Violet and Tom have a faithful relationship, it is when Violet's love for psychology and Tom's desire to hurry the wedding that result in a clash of fate and different desires that adds a touch of drama to this Rom-com.
The Five year engagement succeeds with it's hilarious round-up of numerous characters who individually know how to make this movie their own. Violet's cast of new workmates are genius as she tries adjusting to the weirdness and seriousness of each individual.
Watch as family members anticipating this so-called wedding cry for help as we get to see matters worsen for poor Tom Solomon. As people around Tom are moving on, living in what appears a better life back home, Tom struggles with the workmates of his new position...and his insanity!
The Five year Engagement is definitely worth a watch, although any comparison to the previous work of Jason Segel will be left for yourself. As for me, I went into this movie with little or no hope as I avoided "Jeff who lives at home" (Was that a mistake?) and I really disliked "I love you man". Apart from minor screen roles, I rate Jason Segel highly and believe with certain comedians (former I should say) truly stuffed their careers with rubbish movies, Mr Segel will continue to entertain us!
Overall: Surprisingly funny and worth a watch
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Tom (Jason Segel) is a San Francisco chef who successfully proposes to
his girlfriend Violet (Emily Blunt) but their plans to marry one
another are continually offset. Violet's sister Suzie (Alison Brie)
falls pregnant to Tom's dopey friend Alex (Chris Pratt) and they decide
to quickly wed each other. Violent is also pressured by her mother
Sylvia (Jackie Weaver), who is concerned that her daughter will not
marry before all her relatives die. Tom and Violet's plans are further
disrupted when she, as a PHD graduate in psychology, accepts a position
at the University of Michigan. She's happy to be able to study under
the charismatic watch of Professor Winston Childs (Rhys Ifans) but Tom
hates it because it's freezing cold and the move ensures that he has to
give up an important cooking job. He's forced to try and find work in a
sandwich shop with some unusual company.
The Five Year Engagement has some big early laughs and a relatable premise but it never recovers from a poor midsection. If anything the film confirms for a number of reasons that Jason Segel, who co-wrote the film with the director Nicholas Stoller, is too generous as a screenwriter. Once Tom and Violet arrive in Michigan and find themselves divided by their professions, Blunt has by far the more interesting portion of the narrative. One of Violet's case studies involves an experiment with donuts that lends itself to an interesting and intelligent thematic question. It asks whether someone would take the first thing they have in front of them or whether they would reward their patience with the potential for something more substantial. It is a clever way of mimicking the predicament faced by the characters in the film itself, as they latch onto relationships and opportunities with varying outcomes. However, the lack of direction in Segel's thread is damaging to the story. Segel has nice chemistry with Blunt, in part because of her own continually endearing presence, but away from her he's hopelessly outplayed by a number of side characters who are far livelier than the prosaic hangdog expressions he offers. It is also difficult to film a mode of stasis, like the one Tom finds himself in, without the story disappearing into that concept itself. Thus, when he is unable to assert himself in the restaurant game Tom is left to strange activities, like hunting the woods, leaving the story by the wayside. The pacing stalls terribly around the midpoint with unnecessary scenes and a running time of just on two hours long. All of this is disappointing because the film has moments of pleasure. The early scenes are some of the funniest, including a clever opening where Tom and Violet have to play out the surprise proposal, even though she already knows about the arrangement. It's a smart scene because it parodies and plays with a lot of the clichés of the romantic comedy genre in ways that we recognise. There are pockets of funny lines too but the dialogue also becomes unnecessarily smutty and tiresome, if only to appeal to the male demographic unconcerned with proposals and wedding plans. If the script had been tighter and refused to resort to predictability and crassness it would have fulfilled a promising movie. It does include Emily Blunt after all.
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Finishing is what counts. Starting is great. If you don't start something then you'll never be able to even have the opportunity to finish it. But in the end, it's the finishing that counts more than anything else. And The Five Year Engagement (TFYE) is a disappointing, almost perfect illustration of that. Here's a film that not only started, but started well. The set up was perfect. The two main leads obviously had a lot of chemistry between each other. The script was smart and funny. If one has to see a Romantic Comedy, it seemed at the start of TFYE, that this was one that could appeal to both men and women. But then something happened. It's almost as if a completely different film was spliced into TFYE at about the 2/3 mark and, it almost became bizarre (probably beginning with the food fight liaison). And what started with so much promise began to spin out of control into the absurd and ridiculous. I don't know if there was a rush to finish the script or a push by the executives to make this film not take itself too seriously or what, but unfortunately what began with so much promise ended up like so many other garden variety romantic comedies that are a dime a dozen. It should be noted that the film tries to right itself towards the end and definitely makes a valiant effort to do so. But the near derailment is just too much to overcome, and thus, for me anyway, makes this movie not one that I would recommend until it's out on DVD or blu-ray. And even then I'd wait a while.
"Maybe it's OK for me to be selfish." Violet (Emily Blunt)
The Five-Year Engagement is appropriately named, for sitting through this flaccid romantic comedy seemed like five years in less than 2 hours. Jason Segel, both lead and a writer, plays Tom, a San Francisco sous-chef, and Emily Blunt plays Violet, a post-doctoral student in sociology. They are in love, get engaged, and she gets a fellowship at the University of Michigan.
The on and off engagement that ensues because they must move to Michigan for her post-doc and he make sandwiches at a favorite Ann Arbor delicatessen is pretty standard (an attempt to turn up side down the standard rom-com clichés is admirable but not successful) except that they play the romance too sweet with too little wit. Only when Violet and her sister Suzie (Alison Brie) argue as Cookie Monster and Elmo does the sense of humor approach the level the talent in this film promises.
Where the film indulges in some gravity is where the issue of how to make decisions when careers are in different places: This is the stuff of a modern dilemma, and this film does not hit it directly in favor of the "how-much-do-I love-thee" motif. There is resolution of sorts, but only temporary, so the film misses an opportunity to explore a serious issue with many modern, educated, and liberated couples.
In its favor as well, the Five-Year Engagement does not stoop to scatological humor as more amusing and baser films like Hangover and Bridesmaids do. That's something to be proud of, or at least it can be thought of as a virtue of omission.
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