Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cheerful Weather for the Wedding is anything but cheerful. A large group of family members and assorted friends gathers for a young woman's marriage in post-WWI England, an event that she seems to be anticipating with dread. Expect plenty of interpersonal conflict as characters act on their various motives (which aren't always pure). There's also lots of drinking (accurate for the era), and some characters get pretty tipsy. There are also some passionate kissing and veiled references to characters' sexual histories, though little is said directly.
What's the story?
Dolly (Felicity Jones), a young lady from a respectable English family, is about to be married, though she's clearly distracted when former boyfriend Joseph (Luke Treadaway) shows up, possibly hoping to woo her back. But Dolly's determined mother (Elizabeth McGovern) won't let her daughter's romantic history -- or anything else -- get in the way of the ceremony. Joseph and Dolly share a strong connection, but there may be more going on in this period drama set in post-World War I England.
Is it any good?
CHEERFUL WEATHER FOR THE WEDDING has strong characters with strong opinions who rarely say what they're really thinking. Does Joseph want Dolly back? It's not totally clear. And what does the reluctant bride really want to happen on her wedding day? She's given a few chances to step onto different paths, but she never veers from her assigned course. And a series of flashbacks to happier days don't really explain whether they actually care for each other.
As a result, it's hard to tell what anybody wants, and that's a problem. How can we care about the film's twists and turns when we're not really invested in the characters? Subtlety is a virtue, sure, but not when it gets in the way of clarity or excellence. You have to wonder whether the filmmakers simply have a light touch or just aren't sure of what they want to say. In either case, too much is left unsaid.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how Cheerful Weather for the Wedding portrays relationships. Do Joseph and Dolly belong together? Why is Dolly marrying someone else? What role do social/familial expectations play?
Why do the characters in this period English drama so rarely say what they really think? Do you think that's an accurate depiction of the time period/social class?
Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?
|Theatrical release date:||December 7, 2012|
|DVD release date:||March 26, 2013|
|Cast:||Elizabeth McGovern, Felicity Jones, Luke Treadaway|
|Run time:||95 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||thematic material involving sensuality, and for smoking and brief language|