Later in the whirlwind romance that is the new movie Marry me, Jennifer Lopez’s pop icon character answers a suitor’s question about how confident she can be in a relationship’s longevity. The woman says she was “throwing moment to moment” and if you “connect enough, you have a lifetime”. Perhaps this notion is just right for today’s pace of the manufactured, social media-driven snapshot. The same can be said for movies. Gather together enough moments, including spontaneous moments, and you’ve got a little something.
Based on the graphic novel and webcomic by Bob Crosby, Marry me is a kinetic collection of romantic, comedic, and musical moments that hold more than enough appeal to create an enjoyable journey and viewing experience. Honestly, that’s all it takes to be successful. Yet its looseness is tied to its limitations of being mere moments and not something a step or two more lingering.
Lopez’s Kat Valdez is on top of the world as a successful recording artist and huge social media star. The magazine’s front-page romance is fueling buzz around its new hit single (the film is extremely catchy title song), a collaboration with her boyfriend, international pop star Bastien (maluma, number one on the Latin charts). The duo are about to bring the song’s lyrics to life with a special wedding concert in New York when TMZ-level rumors of Bastien’s cheating break the event.
On the brink of a nervous breakdown that fills thousands of live streams, Kat snatches middle school math teacher Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson) from the crowd simply because he accidentally holds a “marry me” sign that slaps her. was transmitted by his daughter. Lou (Chloe Coleman of my spy) and his colleague Parker (comedienne Sarah Silverman). Within seconds, an onstage union is sealed with stunned vows, a “sorry about that” offer and a kiss to turn what was supposed to be a superstar storybook ending into a glitzy tabloid disaster.
It does not require a full discourse of intellectual thought to admit that this catalyst springboard for Marry me is undeniably insane. Yet we are here in a world of The bachelor, the bachelorette, the 90 day fiancé, and Married at first sight which operates this kind of goofy premise on a rotating seasonal basis. Swallowing this movie’s salt block, covered in bling and hashtag to death, will be a tough test to kiss. 99.9% of people wouldn’t marry a stranger they just met and 100% of people shouldn’t.
This is where the marquee couple and the former Anaconda the co-stars help things and times. Charlie Gilbert is a cuddly single dad who tries to be fun for his daughter and inspire his students. He is described as a paragon of kindness by Owen Wilson with his kind smile, gentle compliments and shaggy good looks. Who knew Owen would become a better Robert Redford clone than Brad Pitt? His ultra-laidback nature is conveniently planted as a foil to slow down the lavish fast lane occupied by Lopez’s Kat and her ever-present entourage of dog handlers and helpers. It’s perfect for her if she progresses further than the public relations front of their union.
In many ways, decelerating Jennifer Lopez is neither desirable nor necessary. Of course, playing Kat Valdez isn’t a stretch compared to her actual persona, but that’s why she’s here. Let her steer this star vehicle (and she does). Lopez’s gorgeous and talented energy, especially as a performer, ignites Marry methe glow of the megawatt. Paired with Maluma’s sexy smolder, she filled out a lively and highly engaging soundtrack that has the power to stomp and pulse. the title track may get the most buzz, but watch for the orchestral-backed ballad”On my wayto become the film’s true showstopper and fan favorite.
Although Marry me is a modern rom-com that’s careful to include enough female agency with the genre’s usual serendipity, there’s a sequence of levity when the music is absent that so gently holds it back. A lot of that comes down to measuring his moments. One contributing factor is the jaw-dropping surroundings of all the stunned crowds documenting the action through their devices at a voyeur’s distance rather than adding a bigger, more plausible frenzy that would match this conundrum. These are boring community times.
Likewise, for the protagonists, their characters and performances miss that next level of swoon. Charismatic because they can get close to each other with serious courtship, neither Lopez nor Wilson in Marry me produce a characteristic moment of attraction that destroys weakened knees or collapses captured hearts. At some point, increasingly strong romantic vibes are needed for quick eye contact and cute little waves from her, lively dance moves and smoky lyrics presented from afar.