“Rachel Getting Married” Movie Review

Kym (Anne Hathaway) expects his father, Paul (Bill Irwin), outside of rehab. Again the scene repeats itself, since it is not the first time that the girl goes through the same cycle of loss-treatment-back home. Only this time something special is happening in the family home: Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt), her older sister Kym is getting married. The participation of Kym seems crucial at this point at the same time it shows very conflictive, awakening old feelings of rejection and conflict among family members, including the girls’ mother, Abby (Debra Winger).

I admire Mr. Jonathan Demme. He is one of those guys who make movies in Hollywood that was popularized as the “authorial cinema.” Demme was responsible for two spectacular movies: The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia. But after them, it seems that the director did not return to anything so close to perfection. And while Rachel Getting Married is an interesting movie, it shows, once again, “less” in the filmography of director. Demme uses a camera and a somewhat dizzying narrative that seeks realism in a fictional story clearly. I say this because it seems clear that this plot does not happen that way, though it is well constructed and interesting. But in essence it is artificial. Some gear does not fit in the process. The good thing in this story are the performances by Anne Hathaway – deservedly Oscar nominated for her role – and Rosemarie DeWitt.

The producers like to highlight the work of cinematographer Declan Quinn and his team, who were all the time with cameras in the hands capturing what happened to that family and their guests in the days before the Wedding Favors of Rachel. Through the dissemination of material that I learned that some cameras were placed actually in the hands of players like Joseph Gonzales, who was the military cousin of the groom, Jimmy Joe Roche, a cameraman hired to film the wedding (which eventually contributed with images, as others for the film) and two other “wedding guests” who were recording events without us noticing – no more, no less than the great Roger Corman, a mentor of Jonathan Demme, and Charlie Libin . Now that I found amazing….

A film that follows the line of “semi-documentary”, ie fictional productions which is based on the “cinema verité.” In this case, the director put his hand in some adjuncts are cameras that recorded scenes in the movie and then, like cloth-of-fund, invited musician friends to make a spontaneous and original soundtrack. The trial was interesting, although sometimes the improvisation ended up turning the dialogue into something a bit theatrical or hanging. Overall, it’s an interesting story about the difficulties that circulate an addict and his family in search for answers and solutions. Although it has a load of powerful drama, this film is nonetheless a part of hope with a few pinches of sarcasm – especially the character of Anne Hathaway, indeed flawless in this work. Rating: 8.7

This post was written by Jeff H.

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