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Almost Married (2014)
British gold from first time director
Being more a classic horror fan the idea of a contemporary rom-com held absolutely no appeal for me but on this particular night it wasn't my turn to choose the movies so with a heavy heart I sat down to watch. That heavy heart did not last for long though as from the opening sequence of butt naked paint ball this film had me in stitches. I think it is important to point out here that this film has no right being described as a rom-com, the romance is minimal and although the film is laugh out loud funny, there is a poignant, dark undercurrent here that examines issues such as relationships, trusts and the taboo. The chemistry between its lead characters is the films biggest achievement meaning that even when the film is at its most raucous and outlandish there is a believability that is so often sadly lacking in the genre. I found myself drawn into the highs and lows of their intertwining relationships, I was genuinely rooting for the couple and a happy outcome to the film (which for a horror fan is a strange thing to wish for, usually I prefer to see a film end with an axe to the head). On top of this the film looks great, it is a real triumph for the first time writer/director (Ben Cookson) who is definitely one to watch for the future... Highly recommended!