Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
- Director: Donald Rice
- Based on the book by Julia Strachey
- Cast: Felicity Jones, Luke Treadaway, Elizabeth McGovern, Ellie Kendrick, Zoë Tapper, Joanna Hole, Mackenzie Crook, Fenella Woolgar, Julian Wadham, Barbara Flynn
- Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
- Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy, The Tempest, Brideshead Revisited, Doctor Who
- Luke Treadaway – Fortitude, The Hollow Crown, Vicious
- Elizabeth McGovern – Downton Abbey, If Not for You, Racing for the Moon, Ragtime
- Ellie Kendrick – An Education
- Zoë Tapper – Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Re-Told, Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky
- Mackenzie Crook – One Chance, Merlin, The Brothers Grimm, Finding Neverland, The Merchant of Venice, The Office
- Fenella Woolgar – Mr Turner, Case Histories, Doctor Who, Wah-Wah, Vera Drake, Bright Young Things
- Julian Wadham – Downton Abbey, Wah-Wah, Inspector Lynley, A Touch of Frost, Keep the Aspidistra Flying, The English Patient, The Madness of King George, Middlemarch
- Barbara Flynn – Cranford, Inspector Lynley, A Family at War
- Why? Elizabeth McGovern
- Seen: 15 September 2017
For not liking weddings in real life I’ve seen several surprisingly good films about wedding – Margot at the Wedding, Rachel Getting Married and a real favourite Muriel’s Wedding. We’ll soon see if this one can compare. Having Mackenzie Crook in it is a good sign and Felicity Jones isn’t bad either. Even the title is odd enough to be intriguing.
It starts very Downton Abbey-ish. In the 1930’s on the day of a wedding. The bride Dolly (Jones) is clearly not a happy blushing bride. She is in fact a throwing up and rum-swigging bride hiding in her room.
There are an awful lot of people in this miniature Downton Abbey mansion, as well as flashbacks. I suppose all will come clear. What soon is clear is that Dolly is marrying the wrong man.
There isn’t much substance to the story. A lot of dithering people on the wedding day, a lot of golden memories of how Dolly and Joseph (Treadaway), not the husband-to-be, fall in love. One wonders a bit impatiently why she isn’t marrying him.
McGovern as mother of the bride is not the wise calm Lady Whatsit of Downton Abbey but a rather foolish, not altogether nice, widow. She plays the part well. Sadly Crook has a tiny role, but again, he does it well.
There are too many people and there isn’t enough happening to be emotionally involving but it’s an enjoyable film and there is a bit of drama towards the end. If it’s not of the same calibre as the three mentioned above I do like watching these actors and there are two more plusses – the wedding itself is off-screen and it rains on the garden party afterwards (I’m so mean).
3 * of 5