The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Stepping Stone Pictures Pictures - 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 98 minutes
Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo, Jodie Whittaker, Zandile Msutwana
Directed by: Jann Turner
Music by: Joel Assaizky
Written by: Kenneth Nkosi, Rapulana Seiphemo and Jann Turner
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 25, 2011
"Everyone is invited to the wedding of the year."
WHITE WEDDING is a high-spirited modern day road comedy about love, commitment, intimacy, friendship, and the unbelievable obstacles that can get in the way of a fairy-tale ending. Ayanda is just days away from her lifelong dream of a modern ‘white wedding,’ complete with a dazzling dress, dozens of bridesmaids, a flamboyant wedding planner and large reception at a fancy hotel. The only problem is that her husband-to-be, the sweet, committed Elvis ,is 1,000 miles away with his childhood friend and best-man Tumi. What should be a simple, straightforward journey gets seriously derailed, forcing them to tackle directional mishaps.
My Take:As the big day approaches, Elvis the groom (Kenneth Nkosi) sets out on a road trip to pick up his bride-to-be's grandmother, and get to his wedding in Cape Town. He is joined by his best fiend Tumi (Rapulana Seiphemo), and they get into many silly situation's and obstacle as they race the clock to get to grandma and the church on time. On route they pick up an English white female, Rose (Jodie Whittaker), who forcefully tags along their journey. She is trying make her flight, leaving her best friend after finding out she slept with her fiancée. Set against South Africa's breathtaking landscapes, the beauty of the journey and the new blossoming relationships out weigh all the insane situations they run into on the way. From a car accident to a the wedding gift of a goat that takes the ride, a dangerous encounter with a bar full of redneck Afrikaners stuck in the era of Apartheid---It seems they are destined to not make it to the wedding. Thankfully Elvis' charm and innocence wins over all in his way as he accidentally recruits help from the least likely of sources.
At the same time, Ayanda (Zandie Msutwana), Elvis's bride-to-be, is in a panic as she is not sure if he is lying about all these preposterous excuses of why he might not get to the church on time. That coupled with her mothers different idea about how the wedding should and the perfectly timed return to town from her childhood flame add a bit of tension to the comedy.
'White Wedding' was South Africa's entry for best Foreign Language film in the 2010 academy awards--thats a sad statement for the state of cinema in the country. What it is is another road trip mishap, race to the church, wedding comedy. It is a cute film with a big heart, but cupids arrow missed the mark as the film falls a bit flat on both depth and humor. The saving grace here are the likable characters across the map-- besides them, it was a typical Romantic Comedy at best. I was hoping for a bit more social commentary, as two black men and a white woman driving through South Africa, going to a white-only bar etc. had the opportunity to give us bit more depth then what we get here. Unfortunately it was more interested in social satire that just wasn't that funny.
PG-13 for some sexual content.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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'White Wedding' Looks and sounds decent, but neither is a reason to run out and grab this release. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround sound track is standard fare as far as comedies go. It has some pretty nice bass in its heavy musical soundtrack and surround channels are used well, but a bit too much. The rears have a lot of rambling and sounds that can draw your attention out of the movie. Besides that, dialogue was clear--but be warned, multiple languages are spoken, sometimes from the same character in the same sentence--it gets a bit difficult at times. The video was nice, but had its faults. It was a bit overblown and backgrounds tended to look washed out. Fine details stand out on close-up shots, but are not the most defined we have seen. Black levels are strong and colors do pop and look natural, however, the release just falls a bit flat.
- Theatrical Trailer
Final Thoughts:'White Wedding' was cute. Really, thats all. It was interesting to see the South African culture and how everybody is still finding their place and working on fitting in. The films humor may have meant more to someone from South Africa, but besides the apartheid joke scene, most of its culture based humor was lost on me. A decent transfer from Image Entertainment but no special features certainly help make a rental at best recommendation much easier.
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I imagine there were many better films in that country they could have sent in.
I sure hope so!
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