The Five Year Engagement
Why do a lot of couples wait until their problems are solved before they get married? Just because two people are together in contract, it doesn’t guarantee that new setbacks are going to happen. I have nothing against marriage, but I believe that getting married is nothing more then a piece of paper that says a couple is together. It’s like those people that are addicted to being super healthy. They can diet, exercise and take away anything that they thinks gonna to make them sick. But eventually, their body has to shut down. Their not immortal. You can never stop all problems from happening. This was the goal of Jason Segal and Emily Blunt in The Five Year Engagement.
In the latest of Judd Apatow comedies, this relationship comedy deals with a couple, Tom and Violet, who tie the knot after one year of dating. Problem is that as soon they say their going to get married, they have to delay it. Things shake up when Violet gets accepted into a post doctorial research program in Michigan. They decide to hold off on the wedding until she can finish her work and consider her career safe. Tom, who was a successful sous chef in San Francisco, has a hard time adjusting.
During his years in the North, Tom can’t get the work he wants, ends up taking a job at a deli shop, and takes up hunting. The first hour of the movie plays off well. I can see that there’s great chemistry between Segal and Blunt. This couple looks and feels like people I could be taking to at my New Years party. Plus a lot of the jokes don’t stoop to the typical romance-comedy genre. It’s too bad that the rest of the movie does.
By the time the next acts comes, we get one of the worst cliques in a Hollywood movie, the other man that steels the thunder. Yes, we get Rhys Ifans as the professor that has to both be a mentor, and a creepy guy. As you think, he flirts with Violet, hoping she will his lifetime grant. This has been done to death, and being that Judd Apatow was a producer, I was hoping for something different. But I guess we can’t get what we want. This felt like if the movie wanted to be edgy and distinctive, but about halfway, decided it wanted to be safe and not risk turning off a romantic audience.
Another problem with The Five Year Engagement is that it feels that long. Too much time goes into trying to figure out their problems before realizing married couples have problems too. On one hand, it feels real, but on the other, it feels stupid. I could tell that my audience was thinking the same thing; “Why don’t they just hitch in Vegas?”.
I'll give this three and a half plates of stale dounuts out of five. Jason Segal summed up how I feel about the movie. Sure the taste may be stale, but it's better to enjoy what you havethen having to wait forever for something that may not happen.