AccessReel Reviews – Bridesmaids

AccessReel Reviews – Bridesmaids

Annie (Kristen Wiig), is a maid of honor whose life unravels as she  leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful  bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and  Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony. Annie’s life is  a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she  simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and  broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals.  With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her  bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

You know how just telling someone how good a film is rarely ever makes the film sound as good as you think it is, then this film is a prime example. Produced by Judd Appatow and Directed by Paul Feig, Bridesmaids features a stellar cast that really has all engines firing.

Written by star Kristen Wiig, the film follows Annie, the heartbroken and financially strapped best friend of Lillian (Maya Rudolph). The pair have been inseparable since childhood and have shared all of their most important moments in life together. When Lillian gets engaged, she turns to Annie to be her Maid of Honor and although Annie can’t afford it either financially or even psychologically, she tries to do her best even though it seems that Lillian’s new ‘bestie” Helen (Rose Byrne), seems to be sabotaging her every effort.

Everyone in this movie is fantastic. There is not one performance that falters or takes you out of the movie. Traditionally in an Appatow film, the female characters have been relegated to the sidelines, are annoying as hell or are being played by his wife. It’s nice to see that he has used his clout to get this film, about women, written by women to the big screen. The big standout has to be Megan (Melissa McCarthy). She steals the film and delivers the funniest lines.

If you are a fan of gross out humour, the foulest language on screen this yeah and some truly uncomfortably awkward moments then seen this film. I haven’t laughed as much in a cinema all year long and I think that this is one film that guys will get as well as the girls. One of the best comedies in years.

I give this film 4 out of 5

Bridesmaids opens in cinemas in Australia on June 16th