The Wedding Banquet Movie
My Score: 7.5/10
Director: Ang Lee
Genre: Romance/Comedy/Drama/Gay Interest
Summary: A gay Taiwanese man, Wai-Tung, is happily living in Manhattan with his boyfriend. However, as he is getting older, his traditional parents are putting pressure on him to get married and have a family heir. To stop their harassment, his American boyfriend suggests he marries their Chinese friend. She’s poor and needs a green card to stay in America. Wai-Tung reluctantly agrees… but things get crazy when his parents come to stay with them and help with the wedding; not to mention that the woman actually really likes Wai-Tung.
Review: This movie was directed by the same guy who did Brokeback Mountain, though this movie is more of a comedy.
…Actually, I’m not really sure how to categorize this movie. It was amusing and entertaining – I really liked it – but it wasn’t funny enough to be a comedy, things didn’t go well enough to be a feel-good movie, and nothing really tragic happened so it wasn’t really a drama.
Anyway, if you get the chance, you should watch this movie. Not only is it entertaining, but it was fun to see all the different Chinese wedding traditions.
I liked the acting and the story. Even when the parents were being over-bearing, I couldn’t really dislike them. In fact, I couldn’t really dislike any of the characters no matter what stupid things they did. I also liked how all of the unfavorable things that happened were a result of the character’s actions. I mean, none of the characters were perfect and they each had some kind of consequence at the end.
There was quite a bit of English in the movie… understandably since one of the main characters was American. However, the English from the Taiwanese/Chinese characters was very in-character.
The one thing I didn’t understand was the closing scene. It feels like the pose is supposed to be significant or symbolic, but it was lost on me. As I looked it up, I found there were several interpretations to it. For instance, one being that it’s a pose in Tai-Chi that means you’re at peace, and another saying it was a way of showing surrender.
Warning: Very brief female nudity.
My Score: 7.5/10