My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

A Wedding (1978)

ROBERT ALTMAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  USA, 1978.  Story by Robert Altman, , Screenplay by John Considine, , , Robert Altman.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Robert Altman.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 1978.  

Mia Farrow in A Wedding

Multi-character Robert Altman film about a wedding that spirals quickly into a terrible disaster thanks to the various issues of its guests. At the centre is the union between a young woman and young man (,) who appear to be perfectly made for each other, but there are complications. Mom (, in the film’s best performance) is being wooed by a relative from the groom’s side, grandma (Lillian Gish) has died upstairs in bed, her sister () has a devastating secret to tell and it only gets worse: storms, fights and an intrusive video crew only contribute to the melee. It’s surprisingly watchable despite the fact that it is something of a mess; there’s an uneven tone to the whole thing as Altman can’t decide between lofty satire and slapstick silliness, and not all of the characters come off fully realized. The ones that fly make it worthwhile, however, with Burnett giving an award-worthy turn even though the role veers into sitcom territory and often disappoints her.

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