Rachel Getting Married (2008) - dir. Jonathan Demme
Tour. De. Force. That’s the only way to describe Anne Hathaway’s performance as Kym, a recovering addict. The cinematography (mostly hand-held) is jarring, and nothing if not bothersome… but Demme is such a terrific director that even though Rachel Getting Married is semi-painful to sit through… there’s a huge reward in store for the audience members that stay.
I heard about this film only because Tunde Adebimpe (lead singer of TV on the Radio) was one of the top-billed actors. I did some preliminary research and discovered that he was playing Sid, the man to whom Rachel was getting married. I figured he’d have a big part, it’d be interesting to check out. I left the theater touting Hathaway as the most underrated actress of our time.
re-revue: Rachel Getting Married (2008) - dir. Jonathan Demme
Now that I’ve seen a greater amount of Demme’s work, I have to say I think the film is incredibly flawed… but better than I initially thought. Jenny Lumet’s (Sidney’s daughter) script meanders with the best of them… but the dialogue is terrific. More important than the dialogue is the filmmaking: Demme is an under-touted director.
All of the music is grand. The film itself is a bumpy ride… but it’s also a wedding and that sort of adds to it. Anne Hathaway is still the show-stealer, but I’m coming to appreciate more and more aspects. I even use this film in my screenwriting classes, flawed script and all.