Sunday, October 5, 2008

Rachel Getting Married – Review


Just a quickie today:

Anne Hathaway tears up the screen in this new dramedy from Jonathan Demme. She plays Kym, a woman fresh out of rehab to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemary DeWitt in true Oscar form). From the moment erstwhile Kym arrives at the old homestead, you know it's only a matter of time before the skeletons in the closet are exposed and the fur really flies.

This is a welcome return to form for Demme, who expertly crafts an enthralling multiple-character study that is entertaining and moving. It's his best work since Philadelphia (1993). It certainly helps that he has a top-notch cast to work with. Hathaway and DeWitt truly stand out, while quality supporting performances come from Debra Winger and Bill Irwin. Jenny Lumet's screenplay may be a bit thin on plot and heavier on backstory and exposition, but is nonetheless a terrific piece of writing.

There has been speculation as to which supporting actress stands the best chance at a nomination; DeWitt or Winger. Winger used to be an Academy favourite, and she certainly makes the most of her brief screen-time in this film, but make no mistake: DeWitt is the one to predict. She has a larger and meatier role that she pulls off terrifically. And as for Hathaway, I'll just point out that Nat Rogers wasn't the only one predicting her from the beginning of the year. ;)

***1/2 out of ****

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