Cheerful Weather for the Wedding, (PG), 92 mins
Weddings provide rich pickings for films because there's always a wealth of characters able to approach unlimited hurdles.
In Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (an adaptation of Julia Strachey's 1932 novel), we meet Dolly (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy), the bride-to-be who is holed up in her bedroom, quashing pre-wedding jitters with a bottle of rum.
Dolly has reason to be worried. She's about to marry the drab Owen (James Norton) but her former love, Joseph (Luke Treadaway), has just sauntered back into her life.
Dolly and Joseph's dalliance, which is played out through a series of swift flashbacks, died when Joseph took a job in London but his presence has now left Dolly grappling with a difficult decision - to go ahead and marry Owen, or listen to her heart and fall back into the arms of Joseph.
Meanwhile, downstairs, things are manic with the wedding guests and it seems Dolly's family are all a bit bonkers. Her mother (Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey) is desperately trying to keep things ticking over smoothly but a cousin throwing confetti bombs and an uncle flirting with bridesmaids will not play along.
This is a pleasant, light watch and, like any good period production, the costuming and props provide much to lust after.
The story is engaging enough with plenty of drama to keep things interesting. The film's downfall is in its depiction of relationships. The romance could have been amped up more because it's hard to feel strongly enough about the characters tangled in the love triangle to be desperately hoping for any specific outcome.
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