Sorry to say, but Bachelorette turns out to be a wannabe Bridesmaids meets The Hangover and loses its soul in the attempt.
Yes, there are some very funny moments because there’s some really good talent involved…Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan and Rebel Wilson.
However, Kirsten Dunst, who is a really fine actress, has been playing too many heavy parts in the past few years and, at least here, hasn’t been able to make the jump to comedy. She plays her character so utterly mean that there is nothing likable or funny about her. Kristen Wiig was also an angry character in Bridesmaids, but she was able to show her angst in a likable way. I would counsel Kirsten to take some improv lessons and lighten up.
There is an overall problem with this film that hampers the humor. It acts on an unconscious level and is rarely admitted to or even understood.
Comedy needs to be bright and crisp and it is the job of the cinematographer to make it look so. Bachelorette looks flat and dull, almost as if you are seeing it through a curtain. There’s no “pop” off the screen, so the audience experience is muted. Things have to be REALLY funny to break through. Whether it’s the camera, lenses, the lab…who knows in this case? But, these are not areas to skrimp on in comedy. And, to make matters worse, the sound recording was poor, as well.
I was looking forward to this film, so I hate to say it, but it only deserves a 1.5 for the few scenes that broke through the curtain.