Sunday, April 29, 2012

Movie Review: The Five Year Engagement

Warning: Spoilers!

The Five Year Engagement
starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt

Jason Segel is really fantastic. I thought he was great in the television series, "How I Met Your Mother." Other work of his that I enjoy include "The Muppets", "I Love You, Man", and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home."

Tom (Jason Segel) proposes to Violet (Emily Blunt). They don't get married because other plans get in the way. Violet's sister becomes pregnant, then she has a wedding, grandparents die, career paths change, Tom and Violet move... things that can happen to anybody. Tom and Violet keep waiting for life to be perfect or at least for their lives to settle down, but that never happens. They begin to question whether or not they should get married at all because it's apparent that they are not perfect for each other. Almost perfect, but not quite. It was strange seeing them date other people because the chemistry wasn't the same. It's part great acting and part great script. Tom dates a 23 year old girl, who is utterly ridiculous and hilarious. She acts more like a teenager. And, a mean teenager, at that. Violet dates her boss but that relationship turns nasty when she realizes it was all a sham.

Some of my favorite moments were of when Tom and Violet were still together and Tom starts to get a bit loony. He grows the strangest facial hair I've ever seen. He kills deer... constantly, with his home-made-sweater-clad friends. Those sweaters were hilarious.

There's a difference between something that is home-made and hand-made. That difference has to do with skill. The sweaters in the movie are purposefully made too big and ill-fitting, though, to add to the comedy. I think the one I liked the most was the very first one you see in the movie. It was light blue and had some strange organic design knit onto the front.

Tom wearing his Super Bunny costume eating the old donuts was funny. That's the moment that Violet sees the relationship stopping, but it becomes the moment of clarity for the two of them and helps them get back together, too.

The message at the end is that life will never be perfect. If you wait for it to become perfect, you're going to be waiting forever. Instead, you make the most with what you have and you make the best life that you can.

I want to mention some of the other fine actors that are in this film: Chris Pratt, Chris Parnell, Mindy Kaling, and Brian Posehn. The entire cast was great but I just wanted to mention a few.

The movie is relatable to anybody who has ever procrastinated with big decisions. It's a sweet and funny tale of love and the twists that come. I give it two thumbs up and I encourage you all to go and see it, too.

-O.Pelaez

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