Love Wedding Repeat (2020)
100 min|Comedy, Romance|10 Apr 2020
5.6Rating: 5.6 / 10 from 22,312 usersMetascore: 41
While trying to make his sister's wedding day go smoothly, Jack finds himself juggling an angry ex-girlfriend, an uninvited guest with a secret, a misplaced sleep sedative, and the girl who got away in alternate versions of the sa...

After the Happy Death Day series, loop plot formulas are rarely used in popular films. Now, Love Wedding Repeat tries to use this formula in a slightly different way. The film is directed by British film debutant Dean Craig, who previously wrote many television series. Love Wedding Repeat stars several English players, such as Sam Claffin, Eleanor Tomlinson, Joel Fry, as well as several famous stars, such as Olivia Munn and Freida Pinto.

The storyline takes in a single moment, the wedding occasion of Hayley (Tomlinson) in Rome accompanied by her brother, Jack (Claffin), the companion Bryan (Fry), and attended by his ex, Amanda (Pinto), and estimated girl Jack, Dina (Munn). Amanda and Dina, invited by Hayley, unexpected by Jack. Not to mention the presence of an uninvited guest, Marc, who loved Hayley since childhood, made all the marital situations chaotic.

Okay, let us talk about the loop plot formula first. This formula was popularized by the romantic comedy Groundhog Day which was then followed by several films that used the same formula with diverse motifs. This formula is commonly used in stories for strong motives/reasons, such as the intervention of “God” (Groundhog Day); sophisticated technology (Happy Death Day 2); or it could be the ability to turn the time like Doctor Strange or alien in Edge of Tomorrow.

In Love Wedding Repeat, the motive is arguably the author of the script himself. The goal is to convey a message about how one small opportunity can change everything. All the characters arguably only act as pawns. The Narrator (Voice of God) accompanies the whole story, especially in one moment, “which is the person who takes sleeping pills at the dinner table”. So, the story of this film is just an alternative variation of the story based on the moment. There are eight people at the table, so there are eight alternative stories. Uniquely, this film only presents two alternative intact stories, namely the worst and the best. The remaining six, using montage that is presented impressively. For the use of loop plot formulas, of course, this is a fresh achievement.

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One of the most disturbing things is the story that sometimes the action is excessive and very pushy. Isn’t it natural that in comedy, the action is excessive or the logic is a bit loose? That is right, but in this film, the actions and patterns of the characters are often entirely out of reason. One significant point that becomes a problem is the use of sleeping pills. This is absurd! They can ask the security to evict the person. What do you want to expect by giving sleeping pills at formal occasion situations like that? This is not a party for young people, man. All alternative movements of the story begin with this moment. Isn’t there another more elegant way to do this?

Love Wedding Repeat is arguably its fresh loop plot formula. Nevertheless, it is a let down of a weak script and sometimes excessive comedy. If you want to be compared to other films that use a loop plot formula, I think this film is one of the worst. A big message, but if it is not supported by the execution of good ideas and concepts, then all will not be maximized. Only one small blunder weakens the film. Amusing, seeing how filmmakers ignore their film messages. Apart from the formula and weaknesses above, Love Wedding Repeat is an entertaining romantic comedy with unique characters. Ideal for viewing in times like now.

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A lifelong cinephile, he cultivated a deep interest in film from a young age. Following his architectural studies, he embarked on an independent exploration of film theory and history. His passion for cinema manifested in 2006 when he began writing articles and film reviews. This extensive experience subsequently led him to a teaching position at the esteemed Television and Film Academy in Yogyakarta. From 2003 to 2019, he enriched the minds of students by instructing them in Film History, Introduction to Film Art, and Film Theory. His scholarly pursuits extended beyond the classroom. In 2008, he published his seminal work, "Understanding Film," which delves into the core elements of film, both narrative and cinematic. The book's enduring value is evidenced by its second edition, released in 2018, which has become a cornerstone reference for film and communication academics across Indonesia. His contributions extend beyond his own authorship. He actively participated in the compilation of the Montase Film Bulletin Compilation Book Volumes 1-3 and "30 Best Selling Indonesian Films 2012-2018." Further solidifying his expertise, he authored both "Horror Film Book: From Caligari to Hereditary" (2023) and "Indonesian Horror Film: Rising from the Grave" (2023). His passion for film extends to the present day. He continues to provide insightful critiques of contemporary films on, while actively participating in film production endeavors with the Montase Film Community. His own short films have garnered critical acclaim at numerous festivals, both domestically and internationally. Recognizing his exceptional talent, the 2022 Indonesian Film Festival shortlisted his writing for Best Film Criticism (Top 15). His dedication to the field continues, as he currently serves as a practitioner-lecturer for Film Criticism and Film Theory courses at the Yogyakarta Indonesian Institute of the Arts' Independent Practitioner Program.



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