There is no denying that the two stars of Bride Wars, Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, are both talented actors and gorgeous women. With two of the hottest stars in a movie together there was little doubt that it would find an audience, but was it worth their time? In our opinion, sadly, no. Still despite our opinions the movie managed to gross an impressive $114 million worldwide which isn't bad given the $US30 million production budget. But what's it about anyway?
Best friends Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have always dreamed of the perfect wedding at New York's famed Plaza Hotel. But when their nuptials are accidentally booked for the same date, one of them will just have to switch her plans, right? As if!
Admittedly romantic comedies aren't usually my cup of tea when it comes to movies and while this isn't simply about the romance, it certainly plays a key component as the two characters battle for the wedding of their dreams at the New York's Plaza Hotel. All the ingredients are there for a great movie, a good premise and two bankable stars. Why then aren't I glowing about this film?
Still, both Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson are two of my favourite female actors at the moment and there was hope that they could save the movie to an extent. Unfortunately even their good looks and charm can't drag this movie above mediocre. In fact the only reason to watch this movie is to see Anne Hathaway light up the screen - for the guys - a dance off in a strip club. That almost makes this movie worth the price of admission alone, but that was a rare standout moment among another 80 minutes of dullness.
Bride Wars is a forgettable movie that is a rental at best in my opinion. This isn't either actress' best work, not even close, and it's hard to recommend this, even to fans of chick flicks.
Other soundtracks on this disc include Spanish, German, Russian and (we think) Ukrainian DTS 5.1 tracks encoded at 768kbps. We sampled some of these briefly and didn't encounter any big issues. Subtitles are provided in a number of languages including English for the Hearing Impaired and they were accurate to the dialogue with good pacing for readability.
One thing that always amuses me about releases such as this is that the movie is clean and censored without a single swear word, but when you get to the extras there are "F-bombs" dropped in several of the extras. I guess that’s why the disc is rated M as the movie was rated PG in cinemas and on DVD. Anyway onto the extras...
Pop-Up Trivia Track: Some mildly interesting facts are provided on this trivia track so if you've seen this movie before you may want to put this on.
Deleted Scenes (7:04/HD): This series of seven deleted and extended scenes doesn't really add anything to the story, with many containing gags that fall flatter then those in the movie. Still some interesting things that were cut from the movie.
Improvisations (2.47/HD): Several improvised scenes. Nothing too special really.
Meet me at the Plaza (6:47/HD): A look at the real Plaza hotel and some of the people that actually work there including some of the celebrity weddings that have taken place there.
In Character With Kate Hudson (2:15): A very short Fox Movie Channel Promotional piece with little information, and only in Standard Definition.
In Character WIth Anne Hathaway (3:23): As with the Kate Hudson clip this time we have an interview with Anne Hathaway. Again, it's a very short Fox Movie Channel Promotional piece with little information, in Standard Definition.
Review By: Dave Warner