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Ticket To Paradise Blu-ray Review

“Ticket To Paradise” is no paradise.

After graduating law school, Lily and her best friend Wren venture off to Bali for vacation. While there, Lily falls in love with Gede and the two plan to get married. Lily’s divorced parents David and Georgia (who can’t stand each other) decide to venture to Bali to split up the couple so that their daughter doesn’t end up in a failed marriage like them. In typical rom-com fashion, David and Georgia may have a change of heart and maybe, just maybe begin to rekindle their feelings for one another.

For those who treasure rom-coms or are hankering to see Hollywood icons George Clooney and Julia Roberts paired together again, director Ol Parker’s “Ticket To Paradise” is for you. For everyone else, you’re better off with a ticket to another movie. 

The script by Ol Parker and Daniel Pipski is as fluffy and formulaic as it gets. You can see every contrivance, beat and heart stirring moment coming a mile away. The film tries to be a throwback to both screwball comedies of yesteryear and 90’s rom-coms, but it all feels like old hat. Moreover, George Clooney and Julia Roberts deserve something more substantial than this often grating comedy in which a couple bickers and banters for far too long (and not in a funny fashion either). Sure, it’s nice to see their terrific on screen chemistry in age appropriate roles, but do we really need to see Roberts and Clooney dancing to “Jump Around” or Clooney being attacked by a dolphin? No, no we don’t.

Aside from Clooney and Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd and Maxime Bouttier round out the main cast. Dever shows more versatility once again, but she’s also wasted here. Lourd has little to do as Lily’s wisecracking pal and Bouttier’s character feels underdeveloped to say the least. Basically, everyone in the stacked cast deserves a better movie

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.39:1 1080p. How does it look? Expect a colorful and pristine transfer that shines with the Australia locals (yes, it wasn’t even filmed in Bali).

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It’s not a very audio intensive movie, but the 7.1 track does the job.

Extras:
* DVD copy
* Digital copy
* “Return of The Dynamic Duo” is all about the reteaming of George Clooney and Julia Roberts. Set footage and interviews are included.
* “Destination Wedding” explores the making of the wedding scene.
* “Production In Paradise” covers location shooting in Australia (even though the story is set in Bali).
* “Keep A Straight Face” is about the dynamic between real life friends Kaitlyn Dever and Billie Lourd 

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December 10, 2022 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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