Made of Honor
Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan
Comparisons are odious, yes, but at times they are avoidable. Sorry to say but
Made of Honor
, the reworking of the Julia Roberts- Dermot Mulroney-Cameron Diaz romcom,
My Best Friend’s Wedding
, just doesn’t stand up to the 1997 original.
Following the same grid, albeit with the genders reversed this time around, Patrick Dempsey steps into Ms Roberts’s role. He portrays a promiscuous New Yorker who fails to realise that the love of his life has been right under his nose.
The great big realisation dawns on the chronic bachelor only after his platonic best pal (Monaghan) announces her engagement to a Scottish hunk (Kevin McKidd).
Worse, she asks him to be her ‘maid’ of honor. He agrees only so that he can disrupt the wedding-to-be and claim the gorgeous gal for himself. Oh well.
In the earlier ….Wedding, the resolution was as comforting as it was credible. Here, however, the happy-ever-after ending is more more mawkish than feel-great.
Also, once the wedding entourage moves to Scotland, the stereotypical depiction of the ‘groom’s’ extended family tends to grate on the nerves.
To be fair, Brit director Weiland (Sixty Six) at least achieves a polished look thanks to the bright cinematography by Tony Pierce-Roberts. The scenes filmed on the Isle of Skye are particularly eye-carressing.
Plus, the film is buoyed by the likeable performances by both Patrick Dempsey and Michelle Monaghan. Incidentally, Made of Honor features Sydney Pollack’s last screen appearance. As a much-married father whose joie de vivre is infectious, the veteran director - actor has a blast. Which is more than can be said for the rest of us. Worth sampling but mainly for the charismatic acting crew.