17 October 2016

The Decoy Bride

The Decoy Bride 2011
  • Director: Sheree Folkson
  • Based on story by Sally Phillips
  • Cast: Kelly Macdonald, David Tennant, Alice Eve, Dylan Moran, Michael Urie, Sally Philips, Frederico Castelluccio, Maureen Beattie
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Kelly Macdonald – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, No Country for Old Men, Nanny McPhee, Tristram Shandy, The Girl in the Café, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Finding Neverland, Gosford Park, Elizabeth, Trainspotting
    • David Tennant – Doctor Who, Fright Night, Hamlet, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Bright Young Things
    • Alice Eve – Starter for 10
    • Dylan Moran – Tristram Shandy, Shaun of the Dead, Black Books, Notting Hill
    • Sally Philips – Bridget Jones’s Diary, Born Romantic, Kiss Me Kate
    • Frederico Castelluccio – The Sopranos
  • Why? David Tennant, Kelly Macdonald
  • Seen:  14 October 2016      

       Generally, I avoid any movie with the word bride in the title but with David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald I have no qualms whatsoever.
       And oh look, Black Books’ Dylan Moran as well!
       Film star Lara Tyler and best-selling author James Arber are going to get married but the paparazzi won’t leave them in peace so they decide to wed secretly in a faraway place.
       Cut to unlucky-in-love Katie throwing her engagement ring into the sea and returning to Hegg, her native island off the end of the Outer Hebrides, just in time for the wedding of her old boyfriend.
       She’s roped into writing a guidebook about Hegg because a mysterious conference is being arranged. No surprise – it’s the secret wedding and Hegg is chosen by Lara because James’s latest best-selling but not very good novel takes place there, though James had never set foot on the island, doing all his research via Google.
       Katie and James, well…it is a silly romantic comedy. But it’s funny, it’s absurd, the dialog is mostly in Scottish English, the characters are all quirky and loveable and the whole thing is quite wonderful.
       It is, after all, David Tennant and Kelly Macdonald. It has to be loved.

4 ½ * of 5


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