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The Five-Year Engagement

The Five-Year Engagement (2012)

Directed by Nicholas Stoller

Starring Jason Segel, Emily Blunt, Rhys Ifans, Alison Brie

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A year after meeting, Tom proposes to Violet. As they plan their wedding their lives place obstacles in their way, pushing them further apart while they watch their goofy friends make a success of their unplanned marriage.

The Five-Year Engagement has elements of romance and moments of comedy but however it may be packaged, it is not your standard rom-com. It is a well-realised drama focusing on the sacrifices that are made by couples. Segel plays Tom brilliantly, restraining his comedic talents and together with Blunt portray a couple that you know are in love and you just want them to be happy. While the story itself isn’t revolutionary, the approach is. The slow decay of the central relationship evokes a degree of pathos you don’t get in anything starring Jennifer Lopez, as you find yourself caring. It becomes uncomfortable in places where Tom and Violet make choices you wish they wouldn’t make but that you know they must. A film about the journey; a journey we will all make at some point in our lives.

Recommend

The Five-Year Engagement offers a more heartfelt reflection on love than most films about relationships and I really enjoyed it. I wouldn’t say this is a good date night film – it tugs on the heart strings but there are few large laughs – but it is definitely worth watching with Segel and Blunt both excellent.

The FriedGold rating – 8/10 – a whole lotta love

If you like this then you might like:

The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – equally engaging but alternative look at the nature of relationships

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The Muppets (2011)

The Muppets (2011)

Directed by James Bobin

Starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Kermit the Frog

The Muppets are in trouble and face losing their studios as well as the rights to thier own names. Gary, played by Jason Segel, and his brother Walter go on a quest to save The Muppets from going out of business.

 

The film is packed full of comedy, songs and special cameo appearences that really make this film a very enjoyable watch. The story has a simple narrative to it but then it is a film made for all ages. Its not like you dont know what will happen at the end of the film but the cameos really add to that “oh wow thats so and so…” The best part of the film is the duet between Gary and Walter singing ‘Man or Muppet’. The song itself was made by Bret McKenzie of Flight of the Conchords fame and if you are a fan of the show you would realise it straight away. The song and Bret also won the Oscar for Original Song.

 

Whether you are a fan of The Muppet or not i recommend this film to everyone of all ages. Fans of previous Muppets films or The Muppet Show itself will love reliving watching Kermit and friends doing thier stuff again. New watchers will love all the cameos that appear in the film and the up to date feel to it. Go see this film.

 

 

Film Fact

 

After finishing the movie, the filmmakers gave Jason Segel the Muppet version of himself to keep.