This is a stolid piece far from the good film that it could have been.
The Five-Year Engagement had a lot going for it; a great cast and a solid comedy-crew behind the scenes. What happened, though? Judd Apatow produced the movie and the film had great writers behind it. This film felt like a fast paycheck for the cast and crew and that never feels good on the audience, especially if they were excited for the movie. This is something I've anticipated since the first trailer. I'm a huge fan of raunchy romantic-comedies and the fact that Jason Segel was in it brought hope behind that anticipation. The guy even helped write the film and as a fan I know Segel is capable of writing good dialogue. But here, everything was just flat.
You may not remember Wanderlust (it sort of fell of the face of the Earth when it released) but that film actually went decently with critics. The film to me was surprisingly funny and I had seen the trailer for The Five-Year Engagement then. Ever since Wanderlust, my anticipation for The Five-Year Engagement has built more and more. Lucky enough, 2012 has Wanderlust and American Reunion to look back on (as of right now) in the comedy genre. As much as I wanted this film in particular to do well, it unfortunately has already exited my brain. Just about all the material here is forgettable. Not even a couple decent-enough scenes to make the film decent and it's quite the shame considering the people who worked on it.
Where the film lacks extremely is in finding a comfort-zone. The film sways back and forth between all different kinds of scenes. It goes from raunchy scene to romantic scene to dramatic scene to unbelievably painful scene. It never catches a rhythm. A lot of the scenes in the film are awkward too, especially the opening scene which lasts a good ten minutes long. Some of the dialogue in the film isn't half-bad but because the atmospheres of the scenes are always so awkward I just couldn't enjoy anything from the movie.
Were the scenes awkward because of the chemistry between the two leads though? Emily Blunt and Jason Segel looked to have chemistry from the trailer but in the film they are a boring, uneven mess. Blunt is out of place in just about every film she's in. Jason Segel, while I know he's capable of leading a film, does nothing to make me care at all about his whiny and unfunny character. The acting here isn't bad, but the chemistry just doesn't mix well.
By the time the film gets to its super-long final act, I just didn't care what happened with the characters. The film had gotten to the point of being so depressing and dark that I wouldn't have been surprised if the leads jumped off a bridge. This is a comedy. It's supposed to be funny and filled with energy. The Five-Year Engagement has little-to-no energy at all and that's the biggest downfall of all. I am very disappointed in Jason Segel and even Judd Apatow for putting a finger on producing this one. Skip it!
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-Written by Corey Wood