Tom (Segel) and Violet (Blunt) are the perfect couple. So when Tom proposes on New Year’s Eve, everything looks set for a fairy-tale wedding and happy-ever-after. Things go awry, however, when Violet’s academic career, and life in general, conspire to get in the way.
The poster come-on “From the producer of...” is usually a pretty useless indicator of what to expect from a movie. There are exceptions, of course. When the tagline reads, “From the producer of Bridesmaids...” — said producer being Judd Apatow — you’d be safe to assume an agreeable blend of adult-orientated raunch and heartwarming human emotion was on the cards. And that is very much the case with The Five-Year Engagement.
Appropriating its high-concept premise from the old adage about the path of true love and its less than silky surface, Engagement follows the fortunes of Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) as they embark on an exceptionally rocky road to the altar. Kicking off with a fantastically romantic proposal scene, it appears to be heading into fairly well-charted waters, promising a string of hilarious mishaps that prevents Tom, an aspiring chef, and Violet, a psychology major, from tying the knot. But the mood shifts when Violet lands an internship at a rust-belt university and Tom’s career and their wedding plans are put on hold while they relocate to the snowy wilds of Michigan. What follows plays less like a rapid-fire comedy of errors than it does a rom-com re-imagining of The Way We Were.
None of the hurdles Tom and Violet encounter are trite or engineered for laughs — no-one gets stranded at the airport, the limo doesn’t crash, the church doesn’t burn down. They are all the result of two people whose lives take on different trajectories and who just can’t seem to get it together. It’s consistently funny, often laugh-out-loud so, but as Tom and Violet constantly thwart their chances of happiness it is also heart-wrenching and real, and the inevitable break-up scene genuinely moving.
Another solid hit from Planet Apatow — charming, funny and remarkably in tune with real life.
Reviewed by Simon Braund
| RE: Stupid fool!|
ication of this post would be a spoiler given the comments above. Personally I don't think it is, but just in case.
Since this has headed to another thread as well.
The end of the review does not mean the end of the film. This is a 'romantic-comedy'. One of the tropes of a romantic comedy - and one which appears in virtually every Apatow 'rom-com' film because heaven knows he wouldn't want to be original - is the break-up/bust-up scene. every single oneword 'inevitable' is referring... More
Posted by elab49 at 09:37, 20 June 2012 | Report This Post
As has already been said below, thanks for spoiling the film!
What I find more stupid is that since the comments below, Empire/Simon Braund haven't bothered to comment or even apologise!? Think I'll start reading reviews from elsewhere now! ... More
Posted by cds1980 at 15:53, 19 June 2012 | Report This Post
|Zero Respect for your Readers|
Posting a spoiler so central to the plot and the characters was just so unfair of you.
How are we meant to invest in this couple now since you told us what happens to them.
I am so disappointed in Empire for not having taken the spoiler down or apologising.
Very unfair and unprofessional. ... More
Posted by Barry at 13:52, 19 June 2012 | Report This Post
|Jesus Fucking Christ....|
Thank you so much for ruining the end of the film for all your readers Simon! People come here to get an assessment of the quality of a film, not a summary of the entire plot! Was the last line of the review really necessary??
I stopped buying Empire magazine this year after having bought every issue since 1995 (17 years!!!) because of a severe dip in quality. It now looks like I won't be visiting the site anymore either. ... More
Posted by Anita10 at 23:45, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
Thanks very much Simon/Empire, an Apatow film that i was looking forward to seeing, ruined, with the single stroke of a keypad. Why is it inevitable? It isn't, i hadn't presumed either a break up or them finally getting married. Regardless, the filmed is essentially ruined. Everyone involved, congratulate yourselves on this absolute disaster. ... More
Posted by daston498 at 23:11, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
Why would you put that spoiler in. It's not inevitable that they break up and it most certainly isnt for you to tell us that. Bad, sloppy review here. il avoid the batman and spidey reviews just incase somebody drops a clanged on 2 of the summers most anticipated films. ... More
Posted by Bennett30 at 19:22, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
| RE: DUDE!!|
lol Empire and there spoilers. ... More
Posted by OPEN YOUR EYES at 17:29, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
I don't usually comment on reviews of films I've not seen, but when you RUIN THE END OF THE FILM in the review, I think it warrants it... You literally said what happens in the end!! Why? Why would you do that? I read the whole thing because I didn't think it was the kind of film that could be ruined by a review - but no, you just ruined it. ... More
Posted by maffew at 17:03, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
Unbelievably poor form Simon Braund. Hang your head in shame...... ... More
Posted by Okester at 12:39, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
FFS Empire, I've already had to stop reading totalfilm reviews because they're so prone to spoilers. You're better than this ... More
Posted by bdm5 at 11:44, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
|why would you do that?|
why the hell do you include SPOILERS in your reviews now? it was actually one of the reasons i quit buying at 16 years. ... More
Posted by Richard Fi at 11:39, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
|Just hate reviews that have spoilers in them...|
Its like when I saw The Sixth Sense months before it came out here a colleague told me that it was like Angel Heart (I hadn't seen Angel Heart told a friend this and then ruined the whole film for them) ... More
Posted by paulferrer at 10:23, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
Wow! You blatantly spoilt this film for me. Please remove the last line of this review before you do the same anyone else.
And go sit on the naughty step whilst you're at it!!! ... More
Posted by X Heart Tolle at 08:54, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
There are two reasons and two reasons alone why putting a spoiler into a review is FUCKING POINTLESS
1. The people who've seen the movie don't NEED to be told.
2. The people who havn't seen it don't WANT to be told.
Seeing as there are only two types of people in this world (ie people who havn't seen this movie and people who have) it therefore makes it FUCKING POINTLESS and you'd do well to remove this. ... More
Posted by Evil_Bob at 05:17, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
i second that. Bad form empire, bad form. ... More
Posted by homesick alien at 02:57, 18 June 2012 | Report This Post
Come on Empire, would have expected better than to have put a massive spoiler into the review there!! ... More
Posted by Kayotik at 23:53, 14 June 2012 | Report This Post