this is not the first time i watched THE WEDDING SINGER. i have seen it before, when i was still in high school. but my workshop facilitator told me to watch it again, and to take note of progressions and other story-telling devices, so i looked for a copy at a local video store.
no, the copy i bought wasn’t pirated. viva films, the local distributor of THE WEDDING SINGER here in the philippines, has re-released some of their more popular titles in a more eco-friendly packaging. and while i admire the effort–well, it looks hideous. there are better ways of being eco-friendly without looking like a cheapskate. or worse, as the case here is, looking like a knock-off.
and if the packaging wasn’t bad enough, the movie itself felt very bootleg. as if someone snuck in a video camera inside the movie house, captured the entire film, and then proceeded to change the aspect ration to fit into a square-ish tv screen.
the packagine = horrible. the copy = horrible. good thing the movie itself wasn’t bad.
i remember that i liked the film the first time i watched it. yes, i wasn’t a fan of romantic comedies. but i liked the movie’s cheesiness that i never denied liking the film. plus, there’s the grandmother rapping rapper’s delight. that was just plain awesome.
but now, i have to watch movies with a different perspective. well, i usually still watch as just a viewer, but this is a repeat viewing. i’m watching as someone studying an effective way of telling a love story. and while the movie is still good, i can’t help but notice how flimsy the movie’s plot is:
guy is engaged to married, but gets left at the altar. literally. girl is engaged to be married, but to a jerk who doesn’t deserve her. guy and girl meets, they become friends, and they slowly start falling in love with each other. then guy’s ex-fiancee wants to drop the ex in her title. but guy is in love with girl already so he chooses her over the ex. unfortunately, girl is already leaving to get married. now guy must go after her, and show her he deserves her more (which isn’t that hard, considering the fact that her fiance is a jerk). and then they live happily ever after.
let’s pretend i never mentioned THE WEDDING SINGER. what movie title would have come into your head?
don’t get me wrong. i still like the movie. i’m just saying the plot is generic. the presentation though is very nice. because you actually believe that guy and girl did fall in love. and you are never dubious as to how it could’ve happened, because you saw it happen.
and that’s the lesson my workshop facilitator wants me to learn. but here’s the ‘lesson’ i got instead: you have to make people believe that true love will come, but it’s still up to them to choose it.
obviously i learned what my facilitator wants me to learn, the second ‘lesson’ is just a bonus. and more than just teaching me a lesson, THE WEDDING SINGER also gave me something else: a much-needed break from non-stop working.
the cast of the local production will be led by PARTY PILIPINAS‘s gian magdangal and myx vj iya villania. but the latter will be alternating with shiela valderama-martinez, a theater veteran who has worked in hong kong disneylands’s productions.
joining them are nikki valdez, analin bantug, jeremy aguado, lorenz martinez, johann dela fuente, myrene santos, and enchang kaimo.
some parts of the film were tweaked to fit the musical adaptation better, adn i am interested to see how differently the story will play out. i know that guy and girl will still end up growing old with each other by curtains down, but it’s always the journey to get to the end that makes it all worth it. right?
so let’s see how this particular journey goes.
for those who are interested to buy tickets for the november 7 play date, please visit: watch plays, or e-mail watchplays(at)yahoo(dot)com.
ticket prices are: php1400 for orchestra center; php1200 for orchestra side or loge center; php1100 for loge side; php700 for balcony center; and php600 for balcony side.