The Five-Year Engagement

September 8, 2012

The Five-Year Engagement
" A comedy about the journey between popping the question and tying the knot."
★★★ 

A year after Tom Solomon (Jason Segel) and Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt) begin dating, he proposes. They start planning the wedding, but when Violet receives the opportunity to work at the the University of Michigan, she has to relocate for two years and they put off their marriage for the time being. Tom leaves his job as a sous chef to go with her, but in Michigan, he can only land a job in a deli while his best friend Alex (Chris Pratt) not only gets the promotion that should have been Tom's, but gets married. When Violet is offered a promotion, meaning she'll need to stay at the university for a few more years, the wedding is put off again. The five-year period gives Tom and Violet time to question whether they are really meant to be married after all.

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I honestly thought this movie would be like any other rom-com movies Hollywood ever produced : those which offered nothing but delicate sweetness and stupid jokes which were truly unreliable. But then, Engagement came with the odd and oldschool traditional romantic comedy, which offered an actual (and believable) imperfection, oddness, and refreshingly funny jokes. I would say the pairing of Nicholas Stroller and Jason Segel as Director/Screenwriter did help to boost up more (remember Forgetting Sarah Marshall?). Engagement brought an old-school boy-meets-girl formula which was romantic, painful, humiliating and truly honest, which were rare.


Centered in Tom (Jason Segel), a rising sous-chef in a noted fine-dining restaurant in San Fransisco and his fiancée Violet (Emily Blunt), a post-doctoral psychology student, both wanting to have a perfect and unforgettable wedding. They planned everything right, until Violet got his dream job as a researcher in Michigan, which forced them to move out to Michigan, leaving Tom's rising career and their wedding-dream behind. The storyline was pretty common and predictable, though some twists were added. The plot was slow but meaningful; it was enjoyably boring. I would say that the script was pretty genius; it was brutally honest, defining all the dilemmas Tom and Violet had. What caught my mind was the donut metaphor : whether you want to wait for the non-exist or just go for whatever comes forward? And oh! How I love the fast-zippy ending. Brilliant!



Good on job on the well-crafted talents' pick. Emily Blunt (who shone in Devil Wears Prada as Miranda Priestly's size-zero former assistant) and Jason Segel played Tom and Kate really well; I believe their chemistry, I adore their oddness, I envy their love towards each other. Also for Chris Pratt and Alison Brie who stole every scenes they were in; I love them as sister, best man, and the best as a couple, the unique and soon-grown-mature-and-responsible parents. Not to mention Rhys Ifans who portrayed Winton beautifully; the sexy-suave co-worker slash rivalry crush.


What's not to love? I personally engaged to this movie. I can't say it's a great movie or what; all I can say is that I love it. Do I recommend you to watch it? Yes, dearly.

Suzie : "This is supposed to be exciting. It's your wedding - you only get a few of these!"

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