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Marry Me Blu-ray Review

“Marry Me” is a preposterous but watchable romcom.

Based on the comic series of the same name by Bobby Crosby, “Marry Me” revolves around a pop star (Kat Valdez) who is planning on getting married on stage to fellow musician Bastian in a highly publicized concert/event. During the event, Kat learns that Bastian had cheated on her. Distraught, she decides to marry someone else on the spot randomly- a math teacher/divorced dad (Charlie) who is holding up a marry me sign for the school’s guidance counselor (Parker). Will this be a sham marriage for both or will the two unlucky in love people from entirely different worlds actually fall for one another?

Directed by Kat Coiro and scripted by John Rogers, Harper Dill and Tami Sagher, “Marry Me” is a bit of a rarity nowadays in that it’s a theatrical romantic comedy. The genre (which was once box office gold) has found a new life on streaming services these days, but Universal took a gamble here which seemed to pay off from a box office perspective. As for the movie itself, well, your mileage may vary. 

If you love romcoms with elaborate concepts, “Marry Me” is for you. The central story plays like a remix of “Notting Hill” only more absurd. The writers seem perplexed by the premise of the movie as they don’t quite know what to do with the idea (even though it is based on existing material). The notion of the characters even staying married doesn’t even make sense here. The story really flounders in the middle act with the usual rocky relationship stuff until the ending (which is completely predictable). The writers attempt to navigate the flawed premise by touching on plotlines involving social media and Kat and Charlie being from 2 different worlds, but it doesn’t have much to say on either fronts.

Where “Marry Me” really shines is with the original soundtrack. Viewers can expect some real earworms including “Church,” “Marry Me,” and “On My Way.”

The cast does the best they can with the material they are given. It’s clear this project has some personal elements to it for Jennifer Lopez who herself is a pop star in the limelight. Sure, it’s more exciting to see her in movies like “Out Of Sight,” but hey, at least she gets to sing some catchy tunes and has chemistry with Owen Wilson. Wilson and Lopez seem like a strange combo (which is also kind of the point), but the two are convincing together. Supporting cast members Sarah Silverman, musician Maluma, and John Bradley are also notable in their respective roles.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Visually, the movie isn’t going to blow you away, but this is still a solid transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A quality 5.1 track that really comes alive during the music numbers. 
Extras:
* Digital copy
* DVD copy
* 8 deleted scenes
* A gag reel
* “Jennfier Unveiled”- An interview with Jennifer Lopez who talks about the personal nature of the project.
* “Behind The Camera: The Making Of Marry Me” featurette.
* “Turn It Up: The Music Of Marry Me”- Self-explanatory.
* “Live At Madison Square Garden”- A behind-the-scenes featurette on the sequence.
* “On My Way” lyric video.
* “Married With Style”- A featurette on the marriage sequence
* Commentary by director Kat Coiro and producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas.

April 5, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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