An Explosive Marriage, review: violence, explosions, laughter and stereotypes

The myth of perfect wedding and with great pomp he is the son of American cinema and the small screen. A large number of guests including friends, relatives and enemies, a dream tropical island, a hotel where everyone stays while waiting for the ceremony, many misunderstandings and winding problems, and a super stressed couple who have to deal with a situation created by themselves. An explosive marriage (Shotgun Wedding in the original), the new film by Jason Moore con Jennifer Lopez outgoing the January 27th are Prime Video, it opens in this way, announcing a situation that we have already seen in millions of other films but trying to transform it with some interesting ideas too.

What if in the dream island you have booked in the Philippines there is a risk of pirate attacks? What if among your guests there was an annoying, self-centered and perfect ex who constantly questions your very personal safety? To all this we must add the classic dysfunctional dynamics that take over between the families of a couple, made up of unsaid words, misunderstandings, suspended and ever-present quarrels, and some envy.

An explosive marriage literally speaking

Darcy (Jennifer Lopez) and Tom (Josh Duhamel) are about to take their big step, ready to welcome this new phase of their life as a couple. To do this, they decided to organize the ceremony on a dream island in the Philippines (it cost less than the other more well-known locations) where they invited their respective families and best friends. Everything seems to be going well, at least until Darcy’s ex Sean arrives on the island (Lenny Kravitz) which begins, directly and indirectly, to fuel all of Tom’s insecurities by bringing the newlyweds to a quarrel that seems irrecoverable. In the meantime, however, some pirates, well known in the area, organize themselves for attack the island during the big party, and being aware of the various details, they take all the guests hostage except the bride and groom who, at the time of the attack, were busy arguing elsewhere.

From this moment on An explosive marriage gradually turns into a different film from what it might have seemed at the beginning, but always maintaining a certain coherence with the “romantic source material”. Thus the couple will find themselves having to put aside their misunderstandings to try to help their loved ones in a situation of absolute danger, even though they are not at all practical with weapons, action and much less rescues.

A comedy with an unexpected taste

One of the best traits unexpected Of An explosive marriage that’s exactly his thing humorat times black but always and anyway light. Finding themselves in a situation of extreme danger, the two protagonists will have to face the pirates by any means possible. Desperation will lead them to do everything, playing with and without weapons. From this possibility some will be born memorable sequences of extreme comedic and casual violence always unsettling but still curiously light.

An explosive marriage

The three main elements of the film (action, feelings e commedia) proceed always in step with the plotquite crazy and at times patchworkbuilding a context in which it is very easy get attached to the various characters because they are familiar from the beginning, perhaps even too much. In all of this we have some rather predictable turns, even if diluted with particular finds that manage to entertain until the end.

In terms of style An explosive marriage it passes from one genre to another, with some transformations also as regards the formal approach. It goes from the classic film about a great American wedding to Rambo, to a Bond movie, and to a film that still wants to take into account the feelings of the people involved. Explosions, blood and death on one side (relieved of the situation) e a love story who wants to somehow find their way back to the altar. Everything lies in the couple and in a particular maturation that they will have to experience step by step during the attack.

Memorable masks

Oltre a Jennifer Lopez e a Josh Duhamel in An explosive marriage they also shine Jennifer Coolidgethe mother of the groom perpetually worried about him but ready to act when needed e D’Arcy Beth Cardenthe lover of the father of the bride, a teacher of yoga and oriental arts deeply connected with the world around her both spiritually and materially.

To accompany this cast the touch of Jason Moore who alternates extremely excited moments with explosive turns, precisely, outlining a story yes comic but not too interesting as a whole. What this film lacks is precisely a logical sense of existence. Don’t misunderstand, the idea behind a kidnapping during a wedding abroad could also give unexpected and rather interesting turns, but it romantic spirit that pervades every single shot limit the situation very much, carrying on a story with extremely hues predictable. The desire to dare still seems to be there, even if some gore elements don’t save you a story rather simple in which it is easy to recognize another thousand films of the same genre (an example of a similar film can be found in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, eg. If you are interested in recovering the film with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie you can find it on Amazon).

An explosive marriage

The danger of this plot could have transformed the film into something much more committed, perhaps gathering more reflections than those we have seen. In the end, he is always and alone the story of a couple who love each other, even if outlined by the misunderstandings of the case. An important step throws them into crisis and a kidnapping transforms the way they will try to resolve the situation, personally and with the guests, weaving a narrative that is sure to entertain even if in a trivial way. There is some reflection overall, even if the festive atmosphere of An explosive marriage tends to erase any human insight into the case in favor of a emotional chaos uninterrupted from start to finish, making the most of the gender stereotypes we all know.

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