Bridesmaids proves that I am not misogynistic (Review)

Who wouldathunk that Bridesmaids would be a hilarious cinematic experience considering that it involves a bunch of broads? Well judging from most Western audiences from the UK; everyone. When the movie reaches Afghanistan would it be highly probable that the reception will be a little less condescending? Of course not, because Bridesmaids is no “chick flick”. It is no Sex in the city. It is no Kate Hudson, Katherine Heigl, Jennifer Anniston vanity project concerned with the girl trying to bag Prince Charming (as much as I love those movies).

Now arguments are springing up about whether “women can be funny” or whether “women should be just as crass as men”. Comparisons to the overrated Hangover and its unanimous ill-received sequel are being made. But as we approach the halfway point of 2011, are these really relevant questions? Of course women can be funny, they have been doing this since the dawn of Mae West, Bringing Up Baby and Lucille Ball, but the question is whether they are given the full opportunity to do so. Wiig finds the commotion over the film’s humour

“deeply patronising. I am surprised when I find myself having conversations with people about whether women can be funny or not. I hope we have got to the point where girls cracking jokes isn’t a massive issue.”

BRIDESMAIDS IS MORE THAN FARTS

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It is not surprising to me that Bridesmaids is a funny movie. Kristen Wiig, a seasoned 37 year old comedienne who cut her teeth with the infamous improvisational comedy troupe Groundlings and a 6 year veteran of the highly influential Saturday Night Live co-wrote and stars. She was named SNL’s funniest ever star within its 37 year history (basically, funnier than Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Bill Murray, and Eddie Murphy) and provided perhaps the funniest 1 minute 40 seconds in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up:“we can’t legally ask you to lose weight”.

Compared to other Apatow produced movies, there is much the same; gross out humour coupled with over the top situations and weird characters. Whereas Apatow films exercised bromance as its central theme; female friendship, rather than romance is at the core of this movie. The main difference between Bridesmaids and other Apatownproduced films however is that the dialogue is more witty (Kudos to writers Wiig and Annie Murmolo) and it has more of an emotional edge (you kind of feel sorry for Annie and when I say “emotional” there is no implication that it is because they are all women). Indeed, though there has been a feminist campaign for all women to go see this movie, I would agree that it is a film that can be enjoyed irrespective of sex, and succeeds in polarising its comedy audience.

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Wiig plays Annie, a lady who has reached near rock bottom due to the bankruptcy of her bakery business. She is stuck in a job that she is no good at and living with a brother and sister roommate who continually test her nerves. When her long time best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces she’s getting married, Annie is granted the role of maid of honour yet the responsibility proves too daunting for her. At Lillian’s engagement party Annie is introduced to the rest of the Bridesmaids, but comes into continual conflict with Helen (Rose Byrne) in particular for the affections of Lillian.

Co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo having a whale of a time on a plane

Bridesmaids is not without its faults though. There were times when the film’s oddball humour went over my head, in this respect I am referring to minor comments made by the characters and certain facial expressions. Unfortunately I didn’t find  Matt Lucas and Rebel Wilson’s turn as Wiig’s flatmates particularly amusing just weird. Nevertheless the film does maintain its consistency with a great amount of funny scenes and dialogue from the get go. The gastric gross out scene has become the most talked about, but my favourite laugh out scenes include a slanging match between Wiig and a teenage customer, the aeroplane scene, The whole engagement party scene, Wiig’s and Rudolph’s banter and impressions of a penis, and Wiig’s efforts to get the attention of a Police Officer. Howard Hawks once said that in order to make a great movie you need at least three great scenes; well I just named five, go figure.

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