Wanting to move away from the usual bride of the year competition,
Confetti Magazine owner Antoni (Carr) has the idea of creating a contest
to find the most original wedding of the year instead. From the hundreds
of entries he and his editor Vivienne (Montagu) choose three couples to
compete for the prize of £500,000 dream house and a chance to appear on
the front of the magazine. Now all they have to do is decide between the
tennis, musical and naturist weddings.
If there is one thing that the British film industry can do
extremely well is romantic comedy but can an improvised plot brought to
the screen by some of the country's best comedic talent tickle your funny
and touch your heart?
Director Debbie Isitt may have gathered together a collection
of the UK's new wave of comic talent but unfortunately she forgets to bring
the most important thing, laughter. You have to applaud them for going down
the improvisation route, trying to be the British version of Christopher
Guest's American improvisational troop but unfortunately they just don't
have the same skill or bite that their US counterparts can muster.
Been given a theme for a scene and then asking the actors
to go with it, gives them unparalleled creative input for a scene. Now this
can create comedic gold or can just be not funny. For the most part 'Confetti'
fails in producing any laugh out loud moments but does manage to raise a
smile every now and again. The problem with the film is that the premise
doesn't have the legs to provide laugher for its one hundred minute duration.
The three weddings each have potential for comedy but as the film progresses,
each of them run out of steam.
The tennis wedding revolves around Josef and Isabelle, who
only have each other and need the win to kick start their lives. Played
by 'Greenwing's' Stephen Mangan and Meredith MacNeill, the pair is overly
competitive and desperate to win. The problem is that Stephen Mangan is
really just playing his 'Greenwing' character Guy Secretan but Meredith
MacNeill does grab her chance in the limelight.
The naturist wedding features 'Peep Show's' Robert Webb and
'Greenwing's' Olivia Colman and we get to see a little too much of them.
While the gag of seeing their characters Michael and Joanna, completely
naked, riding bicycles and gallivanting around. This is funny the first
time you see it but the continued us of Michael undressing and wanting to
be naked all the time becomes tiresome and far too repetitive.
The musical wedding is probably the best of the three matrimonial
stories. This is mainly due to the performances of the excellent Martin
Freeman and Jessica Stevenson. Two of this countries most gifted comedic
performers are very comfortable improvising and, along with an excellent
performance from Alison Steadman as the prospective mother-in-law, they
have the most fun with their storyline mixing singing with family problems.
'Confetti' had all of the potential to be another improvisational
comedy classic but instead we have a film with a simple premise that never
really provides the laughs. Its mockumentary look also limits the production,
especially during the finale as the weddings don't have the scope and grandeur
they could have had, especially the musical. It will make you feel that
you could be heading for a divorce.
PICTURE & SOUND
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is good.
Choose your own Winners
Here is your chance to watch either the tennis couple, the naturist couple
and the musical couple win and then watch their victory celebrations,
their interview and their Confetti cover.
Confetti keeps falling - More tears and tantrums
Watch the full versions of '4 weeks to go', '2 Weeks to go', '1 week to
go'. With footage from the original cut and the extended scenes, this
gives a complete version of the get of the weeks.
Watch trailers of 'My Super Ex-Girlfriend' and 'Thank you for Smoking'
OVERALL The chance to view the different ending and the extended versions
of the different weeks will please fans. The lack of a featurette, interviews
or a commentary is not pleasing however, making the DVD as average as
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