Rachel Getting Married

Anne Hathaway provides an Oscar-worthy performance in Rachel Getting Married but I found the film ultimately unsatisfying.

Hathaway plays Kym, a sister on leave from (or fresh out of) rehab attending her sister’s wedding. Over the course of a couple of days, drama ensues. Much of the drama revolves around a heart-breaking event for which everyone, including Kym, blames her. Hathaway’s performance is exemplary: she portrays a selfish, not-very-likable addict sympathetically.

Jonathan Demme and Declan Quinn went with handheld cameras and very natural lighting, lending a very naturalistic tone to the film. Unfortunately, the naturalism extended so far as to include a lot of background noise in the audio; I had a very difficult time understanding a lot of the dialog. Despite being a long movie, either Demme’s direction or Jenny Lumet‘s script left off without any resolution. While I recognize that in real life family members can come to blows without any subsequent resolution, in a film that dramatic tension must be resolved. Alas, in Rachel Getting Married it was not.

Hathaway’s performance is the reason to watch Rachel Getting Married. But fast-forward through any scene with music that is not the score.


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