With Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters remake hitting cinemas with an explosion of internet mania, I thought as I’m not seeing it until next week I will go back to Feig’s most critically acclaimed comedy yet. I will also be reviewing the two original Ghostbusters films later this week to take advantage of everyone Googling “Ghostbusters” at the moment. Bridesmaids follows Annie (Kristen Wiig), the maid of honour for her best friend Lillian’s (Maya Rudolph) wedding. Struggling to accept her less successful life than Lillian and the other bride’s maids, she goes head to head with the uppity upper-class bride’s maid Helen (Rose Byrne) as she embarrasses herself even further.
With Paul Feig’s quick ascent to fame and respect with his female led comedies, he still hasn’t topped this one. Spy was funny and The Heat I haven’t seen but Bridesmaids is more than just a comedy. The film is still very funny though. The ensemble cast is fantastic here with everyone bringing different flavours to the film with the raunchy and awkward comedy. Melissa
McCarthy was giphy (41)a big breakout with this film, she even earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, but it’s really Kristen Wiig who shines here. She’s absolutely hilarious and also earned an Oscar nomination but for co-writing the incredible screenplay.
That’s what sets this film apart. This is an expertly written film with a genuinely fantastic story. Comedies ordinarily get quite boring if they’re much longer than 90 minutes but this film earns the 2 hour runtime with ease. The character of Annie is one of the most layered and multi-dimensional characters in a comedy in years. She’s relatable, funny and flawed. Thinking about it, she’s one of the best female characters in any film this decade. There’s so much depth with her insecurities and the fact that she’s actually a pretty pathetic person. It allows the film to
give her a character 1-Bridesmaids-quotesarc that is fantastically satisfying.
A big part of that is Annie’s relationship to Officer Rhodes (Chris O’Dowd) who she meets after he pulls her over for having broken tail lights. He brings plenty of comedy on his own and the two are really great together. It’s not just them however, as the entire cast have off the charts chemistry. Kristen Wiig’s chemistry with Maya Rudolph is one of the most believable friendships you can find on screen and Rose Byrne plays the antagonising rival wonderfully well too.
This film simply has a lot of heart and reality to it that elevates it from being just another comedy, albeit a funny one still. Bridesmaids is definitely one of the best comedies of the decade and that would be so even if comedies this decade weren’t 90% terrible. It’s even more impressive when this film’s premise sets itself up to be something on the level of Sex & the City,or even worse, Sex & giphy (42)the City 2. This is not a “girl movie” that guys have to struggle through because their girlfriends want to watch it. This is just a really good movie. The airplane scene alone has more laughs than most comedies released in the last three years.