Indie Gems: The Wedding Guest

Surprise!

Jay (Dev Patel) is headed to a wedding in Pakistan, only it's not your typical affair. He's armed with several passports, a few guns, and a plan to kidnap a bride, Samira (Radhika Apte) instead of watching her nuptials.

I knew nothing about this movie before I selected it while browsing through my in flight selection. Let's be honest, Dev Patel with his beard is enough to get me to watch anything.

The thing The Wedding Guest does very well is it keeps you guessing on what the characters' motivations are. Jay is our eyes to this world, but he's obviously not a good person. Samira is dealt several shitty hands throughout but it's never certain where she's going to land by the end of it. Do you want them to trust each other? Fight? Run? There's plenty of possibilities and the film doesn't take the most obvious choices either.

I think Patel and Apte are both good here. Neither role is really requiring a lot from them in terms of emotions but the commentary is interesting, especially when it comes to Samira and her marriage. I think there will be plenty who want more from this film, and that would be a valid critique, but I was fine with how it played out. It's not the most amazing watch out there, but I'm glad I did watch it. 

Grade: B-

Watched on: Delta Studios 

Memorable Quote: "I don't want to be married." - Samira (Radhika Apte)

Comments

  1. It sounds like a good movie so I’ll definitely check it out. It also helps that it has Patel :)

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  2. Whaaaat! This sounds crazy, and really interesting! I love Dev Patel, so I'll definitely watch this!

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  3. The trailer for this really intrigued me. I'm glad to hear it's worth giving a watch.

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  4. This sounds intriguing, especially what you said about the viewer continually questioning characters' motivations. I might give this one a try.

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    1. You should! I definitely was, especially towards the end.

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