Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Muriel's Wedding Review

Muriel's Wedding

Release Date: 29th September 1994 - Australia

Production Companies
House & Moorhouse Films
Film Victoria
CiBy 2000

Roadshow Distribution 

Genre: Comedy

Rating: M (Not Suitable for Young Children)

Runtime: 101 minutes

Budget: $9,000,000

Box Office Gross: $15,765,571 (Australia)

Plot Summary
Socially awkward Muriel Heslop wants nothing more than to get married. Unfortunately, due to her oppressive politician father, Muriel has never been on a date. Ostracized by her more socially adept friends, Muriel runs into fellow outcast Rhonda Epinstalk, and the two move from their small Australian town to the big city of Sydney, where Muriel changes her name and begins the arduous task of redesigning her life to match her fantasies.

Toni Collette - Muriel Heslop
Rachel Griffiths - Rhonda Epinstalk
Bill Hunter - Bill Heslop
Sophie Lee - Tania Degano
Daniel Lapaine - David Van Arkle
Jeanie Dryman - Betty Heslop
Matt Day - Brice Nobes
Gabby Millgate - Joanie Heslop
Roz Hammond - Cheryl
Gennie Nevinson - Deidre Chambers
Belinda Jarrett - Janine 
Pippa Grandison - Nicole
Daniel Wyllie - Perry Heslop
Chris Haywood - Ken Blundell
Barry Crocker - Himself

Writer/Director - P.J. Hogan
Producers - Lynda House and Jocelyn Moorhouse
Production Designer - Patrick Reardon
Costume Designer - Terry Ryan
Director of Photography - Martin McGrath
Film Editor - Jill Bilcock
Music - Peter Best

Of all the movies that were produced in Australia from the past through to recent years like PRISCILLA (click here), THE CASTLE (click here) and MAD MAX are considered to be the nation's top films. There's one other movie that belongs in this said category and was released in the same year as PRISCILLA - MURIEL'S WEDDING is an Aussie melodramatic comedy that though it can be black and painful at times. It showcases the topical and worst elements of Australian society and engages viewers into its themes of acceptance. Containing heartbreak and awkward laughter with songs from ABBA impacts the film as optimistic and melancholic. It has succeeded, if it wasn't for actress Toni Collette as being its titled female character and Director P.J. Hogan doing a terrific job in caricaturising a shameless world in a black comedy.

Collette gets a moment of applause as the social misfit who longs to get married and struggles with her personal issues. Aussie legend Bill Hunter was truly fantastic as the rotten political father who mistreats and ignores his family. Rachel Griffiths was a supporting player in their lives as was Jeanie Dryman for portraying Muriel's put-upon and depressed mother.

MURIEL'S WEDDING is a great movie that though it is memorable and inspiring for a broad audience. It is highly recommended for viewers that are into Australian comedy and drama.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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