DATELINE: New Vehicle, Old Stars
Can this really be an updated Noel Coward wit-laden play that substitutes the F-word for effective punchlines? We were pleasantly surprised by Destination Wedding. It is a throw-back and a throw-forward.
We can almost see Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in the leads. However, this is 2018, and the stars are Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder.
Actually, they are absolutely wonderful, and the film is surprisingly fast-paced with dialogue, the likes of which we have not seen since Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis carried on in Moonlighting.
With five-minute conversations dotting their relationship, two mismatched people who dislike each other, thrown together for a wedding neither wants to attend. The insults are so fast and devastating, you hardly have time to laugh.
The jokes are not hoary like Airplane, but actually are based on language play and double entendre. This is not a movie made for today’s dull-witted audiences, and it is a sheer delight for aging boomers who miss acerbic wit.
The two stars are now aging, and not gracefully. However, they are perfect specimens for this kind of movie, about bitter people on the cusp of middle-age.
This is more or less a two-person, low-budget playlet about two gadflies who are testy and nasty, observing a wedding in sotto voce. We admire the film’s courage in going against all conventions of modern movies.
Of course, the obvious subtext is whether these two strangers are meant for each other in a world where no one else wants them.
As Winona states, there is someone for everyone in this world. Keanu disputes this by saying, “Close. There’s no one for anyone in this world.”
Most critics hated this movie because the characters were too unlikable. We wish to point out that most film critics are unlikable.
We are, however, firmly for this movie.