Wake – Film Review

Duration: 1 hr 37 mins

Rating: 15

Release Date (USA): 25th February 2009 

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama

Director: Ellie Kanner

Cast: Bijou Philips, Ian Somerhalder, Jane Seymour, Danny Masterson, Sprague Grayden…

Description: Carys is a young woman who feels like she doesn’t feel enough, she doesn’t have enough emotions, she’s kind of heartless. Carys decides that she needs to do something that will bring out some emotion in her, so she starts going to strangers’ funerals – at one particular funeral she meets Tyler, a young man mourning the death of his fiancée. Carys went to this funeral to find her inner emotions and she comes out in love with a man who has just lost his fiancée, not to mention literally everything that came out of her mouth when talking to Tyler was a lie.

My Thoughts: I have had a small period of time recently when every film I have watched has been awful for the most part, and I am very pleased to say that this film was not awful, not at the start and not ever.

Straight from the very start this film was really funny, I found myself laughing in quite a few places and I very rarely laugh whilst watching television so that’s a good thing.

The story was really good and there was a kind of murder mystery involved as well and you knew that nothing would come of it because it was a romantic comedy but still it kept you interested, and it was a nice addition to your normal romantic comedy, it gave it a nice little edge and made it a bit more original.

One of the few criticisms I have if not the only criticism is the lack of cast members – I have been watching a lot of films recently where there are only about four cast members and I keep meaning to mention it in my other reviews and I always forget but I’m mentioning it now. In this film there were about four real characters but still two of those four where in it very little and had very little purpose to the actual plot itself, the only people really relevant where Bijou Philips’ character, Ian Somerhalder’s character and Danny Masterson’s character. And as I have said the film was really good but I do feel like it could have been improved by a couple more characters. I don’t know if the reason I am particularly noticing a lack of characters in films at the moment is because I’ve spent more time watching TV shows in the last few months than I have films and there are many more characters in TV shows than in films but I just feel like it keeps the interest going a bit more if you have more characters, it makes your brain work a little harder as well.

I haven’t watched a romantic comedy in awhile and I hadn’t realised how much I missed them and how great it was to watch a good romantic comedy again.

It was nice to see Ian Somerhalder in a role that wasn’t as The Vampire Diaries character Damon Salvatore, as awesome as that character is. I feel like he played Tyler very well and he was always being funny but keeping slightly mysterious at the same time and he just did a really good job. Bijou Philips also did a really good job and I found myself laughing at her clumsiness and how much I felt like I could relate to her character as a person and she just kept the film interesting and I felt like she was a perfect fit for the role she was playing, she pulled it off really well.

I would really suggest watching this film, with friends, family, whoever. It will make you laugh and will make you smile but also keep you wondering. I would rate it four and a half stars.

Please comment on this post and tell me what you thought of the film, or even better write a review of it yourself and send me the link!

Warnings: swearing and sexual scenes. For full details click the link to IMDb’s parents guide: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0960097/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg

Trailer: To see a trailer and read more information on the film and cast click the link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0960097/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

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