It’s hard to ignore a comedy with such an impressive ensemble cast attached to it as The Big Wedding, but that doesn’t necessary mean it’s going to be good…
The Big Wedding sees Amanda Seyfried come over all Sophie Sheridan once again as she re-lives her Mamma Mia! days by donning a wedding dress and navigating estranged parents in the run up to her big day. Thankfully, it doesn’t look like there will be any singing involved this time around.
Seyfried will be joined by rom-com old-timers such as Robert De Niro, Susan Sarandon and Diane Keaton, whilst Robin Williams stars as a priest in a role reminiscent of that which he had in the critically-panned License to Wed. The Big Wedding will also mark a return to the silver screen for Christine Ebersole, who has been doing theatre for some time, as well as an appearance from Topher Grace, who we last saw starring alongside Richard Gere in The Double. Inexplicably, British actor Ben Barnes is cast as the Colombian groom (yet he is left off the trailer’s cast list, despite his best efforts at speaking a bit of Spanish) and, of course, no good cliché-ridden rom-com would be complete without an appearance from Katherine Heigl.
The story focuses not on the bride and groom, but on the groom’s long-divorced adoptive parents: Don (De Niro) and Ellie (Keaton). When his super-Catholic birth mother decides to attend the wedding, the pair are forced to pretend that they are still married, as she considers divorce to be a sin – leaving little room for Don’s current wife Bebe (Sarandon), who also happens to be Ellie’s ex-best friend.
Cue a farcical feast of a film, filled with slapstick punch-throwing and a range of character stereotypes that, sadly, we’re likely to have seen a million times before. Although the film is already drawing favourable comparisons to 1996’s The Birdcage, it’s hard to say whether it be able to enjoy quite the same popularity, especially sixteen years later.
Formerly titled simply The Wedding, it’s hard to say exactly what has inspired the inclusion of ‘Big‘, although the film’s saving grace could well be in the fact that it’s directed by The Bucket List writer and producer, Justin Zackham.
The Big Wedding reaches UK cinemas on 9th November 2012. Meanwhile take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think!