The Five Year Engagement (2012) Movie Review
Released : April 27th, 2012
Reviewed : July 8th, 2013
Genre : Comedy
Story (from IMDB) : One year after meeting, Tom proposes to his girlfriend, Violet, but unexpected events keep tripping them up as they look to walk down the aisle together.
The Five Year Engagement was a film that before release I was anticipating quite a lot but after mediocre scores it got lost in the backlog. After viewing it I can see why I never took the huge leap to see it right away.
We follow Tom And Violet when after one year of dating Tom proposes to Violet. What follows it the ups,downs, and everything in between for their relationships. Along the way we also see what happens with Violets sister Suszie and Tom’s friend Alex. At times we do get genuine moments between Tom and Violet while others are the raunchy filled moments you would expect from a R rated comedy with Jason Segal. A big gripe for the moment is when the story finally develops with some moments that steer it away from falling into the cliches of a normal romantic comedy it falls right back into the moments you expect. Tom and Violet at times seem great together but at others just feel unnatural together.
Thankfully James Segal and Emily Blunt at least make their characters work together as do Chris Pratt and Alison Brie as Suszie and Alex. Chris Pratt along with Segal deliver some truly comical moments even if at times they do fell out of place. I feel like at times the film can go from being a serious look at relationships to being comical and raunchy. Emily Blunt comes across as genuine while Alison Brie again is usually shining best during any comical scenes.
What really makes the film suffer though is with a run time of over 2 hours the film is just too long for what it’s trying to be. They tried adding too many subplots to it and just too many scenes that aren’t pivotal to the film or add much to it. Towards the end of the film I just found myself wondering how much longer it had going.
Once you do reach the end though you realize they threw any and all originality out of the window and just decided to take the safe and average way out for a romantic comedy.
I can’t really recommend this movie to most. It had the potential to be a good standout romantic comedy but with too many lost chances and being way too long for it’s own good it just ends up falling into the void with most movies of its kind.