Rachel Getting Married
Anne Hathaway completes her transition from Disney princess to drama queen as Kym, a wounded young soul on a weekend furlough from rehab to attend and inevitably disrupt her sister’s multiculti fantasy wedding. But it’s not just Hathaway’s show: Rosemarie DeWitt as the bride and Bill Irwin and Debra Winger as their parents make the most of screenwriter Jenny Lumet’s sometimes overcooked but otherwise humanely perceptive drama. It also helps that Declan Quinn’s hand-held, hi-def video cinematography is just aesthetically stripped-down enough to impart an aura of intimacy and immediacy. Director Jonathan Demme, who excels at concert documentaries, also makes an excuse of this movie’s central occasion to fill it up with all sorts of musicians (for instance, TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe plays the groom) and gather great footage of them performing. The results are hip and seductive.