This weekend we checked out Isn’t It Romantic. Here’s our lovely review, from the Film Critic and Rom-Com Fan points of view.
Minor Spoilers Ahead.
FILM SCORE: 6.8 ~ Isn’t It Romantic completely embraces its rom-com parody style from start to finish. Every aspect of the film, such as the differing styles of cinematography in the ‘real world’ compared to the ‘rom-com world,’ the extras, set design and tiniest details in the frame all emphasize the tone of the ‘areas’ and give a nice added touch to the good story being told. The story is pretty average, but the messages are akin to a more well-done version of last years’ ‘I Feel Pretty.’ However, ‘Isn’t It Romantic’ accomplished the themes and comedy on a much more consistent level than the other. The film does tend to have some awkward pacing issues, and feels rushed in particular spots and slow in others. The final scene, which segways from a heartfelt moment to a whole cast dance number and into the credits feels out of place and hurts the integrity of theme the story built up. The cast and their enthusiastic performances gives the movie a more original vibe, especially when it comes to Rebel Wilson. Wilson brings her dry wit and lovable charm again, and manages to show her more emotional side with certain scenes and shows layers of depth to her acting talent that may allow her to branch off into different roles in the future.
FAN SCORE: 8.6 ~ This movie understands perfectly what it is, and rolls with it all the way through. There are a plethora of winks and nods to other romantic comedies, as well as a fun selection of classic sappy music that is utilized in the dance numbers/flash mobs. Rom-Com fans will particularly appreciate the humor being thrown around about the best and worst parts of the genre in a fourth-wall breaking sort of way. Isn’t It Romantic takes the basic formula for what a Rom-Com has in it, and pokes fun of the plot during every stage by subverting many of these tropes. While the comedic moments are mostly pretty hilarious, primarily those from Wilson and DeVine’s characters, some of the humor can feel a little hit-or-miss at times. [CONTINUED IN COMMENTS]