[Film Review] Two Weddings and a Funeral (2012)

English Title: Two Weddings and a Funeral
Original Title: Du Bunui Gyulhonsikgwa Han Bunui Jangryesik
Year: 2012
Country: South Korea
Language: Korean
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Kim Kwang-su
Park Hae-yeong
Kim Yun-sin
Cinematography: Kim Myung-jun
Kim Dong-yun
Ryu Hyeon-kyeong
Jin Song-yong
Jeong Ae-yeon
Park Jung-pyo
Lee Seung-joon
Rating: 5.8/10

A latest South Korean comedy (not exclusively since the title is overtly giving away that a funeral is looming around) about a bogus marriage between a gay boy and a lesbian girl, with motley sidekick groups of family members and an utterly effeminate bunch of queers.

Squeezing by the contemporary social prejudice, the film conventionally put its weight on the male side: the pressure of coming out; the escapism of relocating in another place far away from family and compatriots; the humiliation, embarrassment induced to the family after outing, and the perpetual contention of the dilemma between outing and covering up. With an asymmetrical angle. being a lesbian might omit much of the said drama as long as one has a tough nerve.

Coming out is never an easy piece of cake, particularly in the Asian environment, that’s why the boldness of the team is commendable, although the attempt to carry on both the comedic ingredient and the melodramatic tragedy into a balanced comfort zone has never been effectively consummated, as times, the film has fallen into a self-consciously awkward anticlimax which may be engendered by an uneven cast (the leading male Kim Dong-yun occasionally is paper-thin in manifesting a sympathizing performance when the film needs it; while against all odds, a sissy but hearty Park Jung-pyo is the saving grace from the cast) and a tedious procedure of predictability of the anticipated story-going.

Unquestionably the film has utilized all the possible set pieces (whether to spark laughter or tear) to embellish the ultra starry-eyed fairy-tale, the discussion at the funeral is thoroughly rib-ticking and off-the-wall, but the final product is too televisual to be perceive as a sincere crowd-pleaser, as least not on a large scale.

Oscar 2012 - Two Weddings and a Funeral

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