“Rachel Getting Married”
Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Debra Winger, Bill Irwin, Mather Zickel
There is no doubt that “Rachel Getting Married” is an engrossing film. It tells the story of a family coming together to celebrate one sister’s wedding, while the other sister released from a drug rehab center, causes uprooted feelings and unspoken issues amongst all the members of this family.
A top-notch cast of actors brings this story to the screen. Bill Irwin plays the devoted worried father who overcompensates for his guilt and grief for the little son he lost in an accident years ago. RoseMarie Dewitt plays Rachel, the glowing bride about to enter into an interracial marriage. It is Anne Hatthaway who plays Kym the self destructive drug addicted sister, who joins in the preparations for Rachel’s wedding, only to feel exclusion at every step.
Is her isolation imagined? Is her doubt in why her father constantly asks if she needs something to eat anymore than simply hosting and feeding a band of people helping to prepare for a wedding at their home? Or is it Kym’s paranoia that makes her question her father’s motives?
We see a compelling story of anger in Kym’s life that plays out with her need to be the attention getter and point of conflict all throughout this film. It is in this picture of a family coming to terms with change and regret and truth that keeps us interested to see if there will be a resolution.
Hathaway is outstanding in this role. Gone are the days of the innocent “Princess Diaries” films. She gives as hard and as raw a performance as her character deserved playing a young woman who can’t reverse time and the knowledge that she was at her brother’s accidental death but wasn’t able to save him.
There are many facets of dysfunction in this family. We come to realize that all families have frailties. Yet some expectations remain constant in our hope for stability and security within any family. In this film, it’s Winger, playing the girls’ mother, hat gives a haunting performance of a broken woman. She can’t offer stability and comfort to her children. She barely can offer her presence.
All critics are hailing this film as Hathaway’s breakout role. She proved herself before in her magnificent portrayal of a bitter woman living a dissolutioned life in “Brokeback Mountain.”
So if you are going to this film to see Hatthaway’s depth in her acting abilities by all means do so. Just be aware this is a film portraying a family in pain.
Chic Stars: Three Chic Stars
Jan’s Movie Rating System:
5 – Top-notch entertainment
4 – Compelling, Heartwarming, Thrilling, Comical
3 – The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.
2 – If you are bored, watch it, or wait for DVD
1 – Don’t bother. Too morose, too violent, too blasè, an enigma.
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