Wednesday, June 3, 2015

David Tennant Week: The Decoy Bride

A hearty greetings back to Day 3 of David Tennant Week. As per the request of my co-host for Rotten Ramblin' On, the podcast associated with Rotten Reelz Reviews, my friend Shawn requested a heartfelt romantic comedy. The comedy is about a famous film star and her writer fiance' attempting to have a traditional church wedding but it is crashed by the paparazzi the couple have no idea where to go to just have their wedding in peace. Scotland perhaps? This is Decoy Bride.

There's a bee just following her.

Lara Tyler (Alice Eve of Agatha Christie: Poirot, Starter for 10, She's Out of My League, Men in Black 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness) is recognized for her smile, poise and grace. While being on chat shows, constantly placed on magazine covers and films she simply wants to wed her writer fiance' James (David Tennant of Takin' Over the Asylum, Duck Patrol, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Terri McIntyre, Broadchurch and Gracepoint) when they hit on the idea of this remote Scottish island of Hegg. Land developers months prior take the local keep and rebuild it in the hopes to make it a tourist destination.

The Adventures of Young Jessica Fletcher.

To avoid the mass levels of media, Lara's manager Steve (Michael Urie of WTC View, Mode After Hours. Ugly Betty, Brain Trust and Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life) co-ordinates the whole event in the hopes to get this off the ground. Meanwhile the locals of Hegg smell the chance of money and want to milk this once in a lifetime opportunity alerting to paparazzi causing Lara to leave the island in secret. Desperate to avoid any bad press Steve hits on the idea of creating a fake wedding, a scandal and the media will get bored, move on and go home. They snare local girl Katie (Kelly Macdonald of Trainspotting, Splendor, Entropy, Gosford Park, Finding Neverland, Nanny McPhee and Broadwalk Empire) to play the part of Lara. What will happens next is up to the story to tell. Of our collective town I admittedly recognized comedian/writer Dylan Moran who is a slug and absolutely brilliant in this and Sally Phillips of Bridget Jone's Diary who elevates to the town in morality but the greed seems to almost outweigh good decency for a change.

A few points to make in this is not the typical American rom-com that need zany BS, a bloated budget and people playing larger than life divas. What you have is a simplistic story about a couple that feel they have reached that point in their lives that they don't see each other the way the rest of the world does. Writer Neil Jaworski and Sally Phillips really flush out this script bringing dimension into the characters, making them well rounded, feasible and human. None of that one dimensional crap, the supporting cast get the love, people.

A few facts on the film now.

The script was pricing the film at seven million pounds which tallying to ten million, seven hundred twenty-two thousand dollars via stateside but of course the film itself only had a budget of 2.5 million. This of course led to scenes and characters being cut during the filming process to cut corners and give them enough capital to work in the story.

The plot summary seems done to death but what you get is a smart, warm comedy that makes you really feel for the love in it. This film is by the way safe for the whole family as there is no mass amounts of swearing, nudity or offensive material. Fellas, your lady friend will thank you for suggesting this movie and you will thank yourselves for giving it the once over. With wonderful performances, cast we can all understand (so sad an American cannot distinguish accents of Irish, Scottish and English brit from one another) and a music score that sends your heart up and down with the motions, you should have a good time. Draw your own conclusions though. Good date night film.

Black Books: Bernard Buggers off to Scotland