Thursday, November 8, 2012
Under 250: The Five-Year Engagement
Five-Year begins on with a few promising notes. Tom (Segel) and Violet (Blunt) are a young couple in love. They mix well together, and we sense we'd be alright seeing them tie the knot. Life, however, has other plans. Five-Year runs 20 minutes too long and becomes hampered by the worst parts of reality infringing on what could otherwise be a slick piece of celluloid. Tom and Violet move, they're underemployed, they have accidental affairs, they go to graduate school, they breakup, they makeup, they become bored with one another, they change their minds again. The writing isn't smart enough to sustain the twists and turns, and the story collapses in on itself. There's a great moment or two (Brie and Blunt have a Cookie Monster and Elmo-voiced heated discussion worth a look), but they're tucked under the nonsense. Tom and Violet are, basically, the couple you know in real life who you start to hate to hear about and you're just like do it or don't, but let's move on.