I took a trip to the movie theater to check out the movie “27 Dresses”. The film stars Katherine Heigl (Jane), James Marsden (Kevin), Judy Greer (Casey) and Malin Akerman (Tess). I wanted to check out the movie since I’m an admirer of Katherine Heigl’s and Judy Greer’s. I anticipated a highly comedic and ultra-romantic film that would stay with me long after I exited the theater. Let’s just say I tend to have high hopes for films.
I think that the choice of cast was great. The cast members, as individuals, definitely have had great performances in their careers. However, in this film, the chemistry between the cast members was inconsistent. I felt that the chemistry, in general, between Jane and Kevin was great early in the film, grew throughout the middle portion of the film. I feel, though, that the chemistry failed at the movie’s conclusion and didn’t deliver the punch it could have.
Independently, Katherine Heigl was believable and adorable, though in a couple of scenes her performance was a bit over the top and borderline cheesy. Marsden’s performance was seamless. I think he nailed the devilishly handsome, but pessimistic and sarcastic bit.
Judy Greer as Casey was perfection and was the real comedic force in the film. I believe she really carried the whole thing on her shoulders despite the fact that she wasn’t the lead actress. She totally has movie ‘lead’ potential and I hope to see her in such a role in the near future.
Malin Ackerman as Jane’s bratty sister Tess looked beautiful and her character oozed confidence, but she didn’t deliver as memorable a performance as she could have.
The Story and Script
I really feel the premise of the story was wonderful. It had the potential to really blow me away like “Never Been Kissed” or “13 Going On 30”. The writers, talented as they may be, neglected to stimulate the audience (or at least me) with witty and smart conversation throughout the film. The movie seemed really familiar to me. I kept the film was like “Seinfeld” without the steady stream of punch lines. That said, I hold the dialogue written into the script responsible for the inconsistent chemistry between Marsden’s and Heigl’s characters over the course of the movie.
Despite the faults I find with the movie, I must say I enjoyed watching most of it. “27 Dresses” doesn’t make a big entrance at the start of the film and neglected to blow me away at the end. It neither left me thinking of anything profound, nor dreading my decision to venture out to the theaters to watch the movie.