Two Weddings And A Funeral: Korean Film Review

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Two Weddings and a Funeral

Korean Film (2012) Director: Kim Jo Kwang Su
Genre: Comedy/Drama/Gay Interest My Score: 7/10 ★★★☆☆
Summary: Deeply worried about people finding out he’s gay, a physician marries a lesbian as a cover. She, on the other hand, married him so she could adopt a baby easier. They plan to divorce a year later, thinking people will stop harassing them about marriage afterwards.
Cast: Kim Dong-YoonSong Yong-JinRyoo Hyoun-Kyoung,  Jeong Ae-Yeon, and Park Jung-Pyo

Trailer: 

Overall: A movie that’s more on the simple side. It seems to be more about life situations and certain conditions than the characters themselves. Has some laugh-out-loud moments, but is more “amusing” than “hilarious,” overall. Pretty decent movie. I wasn’t blow away by it, but it was enjoyable enough.

I watched this movie in celebration over hearing that the director, who is gay himself, is getting married this September.

Warnings: Depiction of death. Vomit scene (2/3 a way into the movie). Long make-out scene (half hour into the movie).

Review: 

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Plot/Story

The main idea behind the movie seemed to be to about various problems and fears that come with being gay. However, unlike a lot of other gay interest movies, it never became too dramatic or dark, (though it does pull out the tragedy card, after all, it is “Two Weddings and a Funeral”).

When reading the summary, I was expecting this movie to be about the two couples. However, there wasn’t too much romance, and the story was mostly about the guy who got married as a cover. Through this character, the movie had a theme of running away from one’s problems. Would anything change by moving away or would the person really just end up running forever? The main character just wanted to run and hide to become free… but maybe the only way he could become free is by not running and hiding. Then again, even the people who come out have problems. Even if they’re “free,” they have to deal with people who don’t want them to be.

For being directed by a gay director, this movie had a lot more stereotyping than I was expecting. It wasn’t heavy, though. The main characters were portrayed more as people who happened to be gay, but there were also the stereotypical flamboyant or feminine characters. Maybe that’s an accurate portrayal of Korea’s gay scene, or maybe it was just played up to make the movie more interesting. I don’t have enough experience to know for sure, but, since it is a movie, I’m guessing it was just done for entertainment. In any case, it didn’t really detract from the movie.

The gay choir the characters had formed together was so cute and happy. It looked like they were having fun and they all sang well. Their main song was entertaining too. I saw some viewers complaining about the musical numbers in the movie, but in my opinion, they didn’t seem out of place. There were only about two of them, anyway.

Cute Tina.

Cute Tina.

Characters/Acting

The movie never went into too much depth with the characters. The main character did have a bit of development towards the end… or should I say, it was more of a revelation on his part. However, even without the depth or development, the characters were interesting.

My favorite character was the effeminate Tina. At first he seemed kind of annoying and stereotypical, but he was actually really sweet and cute. I thought he was just a flashy background character, but he ended up having a bigger part in the story than expected.

The acting was decent. I didn’t think too much of the main character’s acting until his sad scene. I thought that scene looked pretty natural. Nobody stuck out as bad actors, so there’s nothing to complain about in that area.

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Conclusion

The movie ended on a good note, though it felt a bit bittersweet to me. The very end was a simple animation story-board, which was interesting. I liked the illustrations in the credits as well.

(FYI, the song they all sing at the end is “Poison” by Uhm Jung Hwa. I had to think for awhile, but since I knew it was a 90’s song sung by a solo female singer, it didn’t take me long to remember who it was sung by, haha. Just thought I’d add that for other older Kpop fans who were going crazy over the familiarity of the song!)

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