Sunday, 18 September 2011

Today's Review: Something Borrowed

This movie has been out for a while, but I've been avoiding it because it didn't really look that great, or interesting. But tonight I took the plunge, because why not? I was in the mood for a lighthearted romantic movie.

That is exactly what I got. Something Borrowed follows Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin), whose best friend Darcy (Kate Hudson) is getting married soon. Trouble is, she's secretly in love with the groom, Dex (Colin Egglesfield) and has been for years. Apparently he feels the same way too, as it's a few weeks before the wedding and Dex decides to make a move on her. Oh no, now their feelings about each other are out and there are plenty of awkward situations for them to be in while they attempt not to let Darcy know what happened. What could possibly happen in the end? Place bets now.

It's okay for our main character to sleep with her best friend's fiance though, because it's clear from the start that Darcy is a total bitch, mostly because she acts like a total bitch, and several of the characters comment on her bitchiness. She's always trying to get one up on Rachel, and steal the limelight, so it's totally cool to hate her, guys, especially as her character develops into even more of a bitch as the movie goes on. There's also some comic relief in the form of Ethan (John Krasinski), Rachel's best man friend, as he tried to avoid the attention of a crazy woman and provide moral support for Rachel's situation. 

I'm going to give spoilers right now, because it's the only way to get across how shallow and predictable this movie is. Don't read if you want to be surprised, but I can guarantee you won't be. 

Of course Rachel ends up with Dex, even though they spend the better part of two hours pussyfooting around, in the will they won't they stage. But first we're forced to endure many pointless things, like several weekend beach trips where Rachel gets sick of watching Dex and Darcy be together and then mopes. Once is enough people, we get the picture. There's also the revelation near the end that Ethan, who has moved to London, has in fact loved Rachel for a long time, which is easily guessed, but there really was no clear indication in the rest of the movie. I was convinced he was just there for comic relief. Even so, this twist isn't even necessary, because he says Rachel should go get her man anyway, and Rachel says "Okay, thanks", leaving him sad and alone in London. You don't see him for the rest of the movie. Everything winds up quite well for the other characters, but it's safe to assume that Ethan got massively depressed and threw himself in the Thames.

There's really not much else to say about the movie, hence the spoilers. The acting is bland, the locations would be nice if there weren't random shots of logos and branded stores. The plot is predictable, and the film drags on for way too long because of this. It's almost two hours long, but if they cut out all the unnecessary shit they could have been done in an hour and a half. I don't know whether to call it a romantic comedy either, because there wasn't really anything funny in it,apart from Ethan's ramblings, which pretty much made him Jim from the US version of The Office. It's just a big stinking pile of average. So if you want to rot your brain of an evening, go for this one.

My rating: 2/5

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