Thursday, June 23, 2016

Monsoon Wedding

If there's one thing that can guarantee dysfunction within a family (at least in fiction), it's a wedding. Sometimes the stress behind supposed wedded bliss can bring out the worst in some people. Often for comedic purposes, this plot also works well in drama.

And look no further than Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding for the latter instance. Revolving around the many guests of a wedding in Delhi, it chronicles the many personal crises they're facing and how they try their best to keep them hidden from others. (Easier said than done to be fair.)

Monsoon Wedding depicts the difference (and potential clash) of cultures. Between the many Indian wedding traditions and more contemporary attitudes, it's almost a miracle that there isn't strife within every waking moment. (Then again, that would make the film unbearable.)

And as any film revolving family can attest to, Monsoon Wedding also depicts the secrets the characters hide from others From small things like money woes and affairs to more dire matters like skeleton in the closet. Regardless of the scope of these secrets, they'll try their damnedest to keep them hidden for just a little longer.

Monsoon Wedding captures the many plights that go into planning a wedding and how it all pays off in the end. Sure it was a given that it would end on a positive note (you can't have heartbreak at a wedding) but no matter. Nair still provides a good story.

My Rating: ****1/2

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