The Five Year Engagement Review

June 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Anyone who has ever been in a long term relationship will undoubtedly relate to The Five Year Engagement. It’s sure to scare the life out couples across the world that what happens to Violet and Tom could happen to them to them, too.

The film shows the other side to the perfect relationship, and is the ideal movie for both women and men – as there’s enough comedy to weigh out all the romantic bits. However, in my opinion, Friends with Kids, which is released this Friday, looks like the type of film to overshadow it as it features some of the loveable stars from Bridesmaids – my favourite movie of last year after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II.

Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) was unexpectedly brilliant as the leading lady and she has great onscreen chemistry with Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall). I’m pretty sure this is Blunt’s first starring role and she’ll most likely receive plenty more job offers following the movie’s huge success. One thing Segel does well is write fantastic characters, and Violet actually has a fully-formed personality that so many female protagonists lack. She’s witty, intelligent and endearing – even in her low moments you can’t help but like for and there wasn’t one moment throughout the film when I didn’t root for her. That doesn’t mean she’s not flawed, because she is – she’s also selfish and snobbish, but you still end up liking her.


You know that you’re going to love Jason Segel’s character even before the opening credits start to role. He’s just extremely loveable. One thing he does well is play nice guys well, and that’s exactly what Tom is. He’s a very nice guy. Sometimes he’s too nice. He’s a bit of an idiot and a little bit weak, but he’s devoted to Violet and you never question his love for her – even though you do question hers for him.

Tom’s best friend, Alex, and Violet’s sister, Audrey, also help bring the comedy during the really serious parts of the movie. Audrey is clearly too good for immature Alex but they work well together, and can both act as silly and obsessed as each other.

So, are there any flaws? Well, yes. The one problem that really stuck out in my mind is the sense of time. It’s called The Five Year Engagement but I never know what year they’re in. You get a bit of an idea because of where they are situated in their lives, but it’s never very clear. It’s also very long for a comedy and it probably didn’t need to be as drawn out as it was – but that’s not really a big deal.

My highlights were undoubtedly the Cookie Monster scene and the proposals, but I think I enjoyed ever moment from start to finish.

This surprisingly real and incredibly funny film deserves the critical acclaim it’s received from UK movie critics, and it is the perfect flick for those wanting to watch a feel good movie with their other half or group of friends. While it probably won’t be the film of the year, it’ll be up there with the best romantic comedies of 2012.

Seen the movie? Looking forward to it? Leave a comment below and let us know.

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