Directed by: Dean Craig
Written by: Dean Craig
Starring: Sam Claflin, Olivia Munn, Eleanor Tomlinson, Joel Fry, Tim Key, Aisling Bea
Have you ever thought about all of the moments in life that had to go in a specific direction to be where you are currently? I think of it in regard to meeting my wife. I could have easily chosen to attend a different university, which would mean that our interactions during our undergraduate years would not have happened. Who knows where my life would be now considering that she’s such an integral part of my life. Love Wedding Repeat takes that approach to a specific day, which led to its narrative demise.
Jack (Sam Claflin) never seems to hit the right moments in life, especially when trying to share his feelings for Dina (Olivia Munn). Each time he wants to share his attraction to her, he gets interrupted. Now at his sister’s wedding, Jack has another opportunity as the film explores how the smallest of changes can have a far larger impact than one would believe.
The plot of the story appears to be quite appetizing. Jack’s sister, Hayley (Eleanor Tomlinson) is getting married in Italy to the love of her life and with it come the various characters that come from her life in England. All of those folks are seated at what’s called “The English Table” where Jack sits unknowingly next to the woman that keeps getting away, Dina. Along with them are Jack’s ex-girlfriend along with her new man, Hayley’s maid of honor and a bunch of other friends that have some interesting personalities. Everything goes array when a man, who’s obsessed with Hayley, Marc (Jack Farthing) crashes the wedding but manages to grab a seat at their table.
The setup creates for a cluster of commotion between the characters at the English table and it becomes the best part of the film. Whether it be the insecurity or the tremendous work by Rebecca (Aislin Bea) and her comedic prowess. The first scenario becomes intriguing and feels consequential, but the story then loses its quality when it attempts its gimmick. The rest of the film goes through the different scenarios that occur by the simplest act of children changing the order of who sits where at the English table. It’s unfortunate because it feels like a repeat of things with slight differences only for it to be incredibly boring afterward. Honestly, they could have just followed the first timeline and it would have made for a much better film.
The different timelines show the same thing for Jack in his attempt in trying to finally tell Dina how he feels about her. They met when they both happened to stay the same weekend when visiting Hayley three years ago. At the end of the weekend, he was on the verge of expressing those feelings only to be interrupted by an outside force. Every time Jack gets close to finally telling Dina what occurs, he continually gets interrupted by something. It gets to the point where it just feels tiring and I just did not care anymore about him finally telling here. It comes with the tease of it all and the catharsis that should arrive when he finally tells her. By the time it actually began to look like it would manifest, I found myself more interested in other characters, who did not provide much either.
It feels odd to have a story that succeeds until its gimmick comes into play. Love Wedding Repeat sold itself on that very foundation and it appears that they were better of just not doing it at all. It’s one thing to be in a Groundhog Day situation, but the different timelines just kept getting less interesting with each change because none of them lived up to the initial timeline that actually had intrigue and something to pull me in. It wastes some good physical comedic display by Sam Claflin and Joel Fry with the different substances they ingest in the various timelines.
Part of the catharsis that comes with romantic comedies manifests from seeing the two lovers finally come together. The entire build-up of these stories has this foundation and Love Wedding Repeat simply could not capitalize on it by stretching the tease a bit too far with how ridiculous all of the events become. It would be best to just watch the first-half because everything in the second-half fails to measure up and drags down the entire feature as a result.