Ralph Potts reviews the Blu-ray release of Isn’t it Romantic from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, which tells the story of a young woman that is disenchanted with love and mysteriously finds herself trapped inside a romantic comedy.
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Warner – 2019
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 88 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English dTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra
Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Music by: John Debney
Written by: Erin Cardillo
Region Code: A
Release Date: May 21, 2019
“New York City architect Natalie (Rebel Wilson) works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to be asked to deliver coffee and bagels than to design the city’s next skyscraper. And if things weren’t bad enough, Natalie, a lifelong cynic when it comes to love, has an encounter with a mugger that renders her unconscious, waking to discover that her life has suddenly become her worst nightmare—a romantic comedy—and she is the leading lady.” – Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
It would be safe to say that I am a fan of the rom/com genre but, my tolerance for poorly executed films that are tagged as such isn’t all that high. The trailer for Isn’t it Romantic had all the earmarks of a throw away and, the presence of Rebel Wilson, in the lead, didn’t help matters. I have only seen her in a few films, mostly in supporting roles, and even then, her schtick never really impressed me. Needless to say, as I sat down to watch this film my expectations were extremely low.
Well I have to admit that Isn’t it Romantic turned out to be better than expected. The concept was actually refreshing. I liked how it borrowed from a host of romantic comedy themes, purposefully infusing the typical tropes often associated with them in order to underscore the film’s satire. It then cleverly turns those themes back on itself without becoming overtly cynical about it. Rebel Wilson did a very good job carrying the workload which was a good thing because Liam Hemsworth’s comedic chops are cringe worthy. Adam Devine was fine and I didn’t have any problems with the cache of smaller supporting roles as handled by the cast.
At 88 minutes things move along nicely and the direction/choreography added a complimentary element that fell right in line with the feel of the film’s context. Isn’t it Romantic won’t be talked about with passion around the water cooler but, it hits more than misses, making it a solid choice for genre fans when the mood strikes.
The rating is for language, some sexual material, and a brief drug reference.
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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- DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Isn’t it Romantic comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.
This is a high-quality video presentation that seems a perfect match for the source material. Colors are deeply saturated with eye pleasing vitality and delineated depth. Images are resolute, with stable sharpness, crisp detail and appreciable subtle refinement. Certain scenes appear better resolved than others although I suspect this is related to the photography. Contrast is dynamic without being overpowering and blacks are respectable in depth with discernible detail visible in low lighting and shadows. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts and thought that in general video quality was excellent.
The lossless soundtrack doesn’t consistently engage the entire surround platform however reproduces the source elements with aplomb. Dialog has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is good which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and gravity to broader ones. There are a few sequences that engage the entire system to briefly produce entertaining and room filling sound. This comes in the form of low frequency effects, atmospheric ambience/directional sounds and musical enhancement. This soundtrack isn’t demonstration worthy but for a comedy it delivers a satisfying listening experience.
- Deleted Scenes
- I Wanna Dance – Featurette
- Digital Copy
Isn’t it Romantic turned out to be better than anticipated thanks to a refreshing conceptual approach and a solid performance from lead Rebel Wilson. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and a noticeably light supplemental package. Isn’t it Romantic won’t be talked about with passion around the water cooler but, it hits more than misses, making it a solid choice for genre fans when the mood strikes. Feel free to give it a rent on Blu-ray.
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