Review in Brief: Isn’t It Romantic (2019)

Put ISN’T IT ROMANTIC down as a good idea badly executed. It’s the classic “bump your head and wake up in another world” story, with the differences between our world (in the loosest possible terms) and the world of the romantic comedy film in sight. They do get the sunny rom-com lighting right and nail on a few of the most tired tropes like everyone been unfeasibly hot and PG-13 censorship. But there are too few proper laughs and nowhere near enough warmth. Rebel Wilson has got comedy leading roles in her but she deserves much sharper and more memorable material. OK, the karaoke musical number scene is pretty good (“How’d they all know the choreography?”) but that’s because it’s one of few scenes where everyone comes alive for a few minutes and perhaps the only sequence where Wilson is let loose to do what she does best. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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