Made of Honor (2008) [Blu-ray]
|Genre(s): Comedy / Romance|
|Sony || PG13 - 101 minutes - $38.96 || September 16, 2008|
|Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2008-10-01|
Writer(s): Adam Sztykiel (story), Adam Sztykiel and Deborah Kaplan & Harry Elfont (screenplay)
Cast: Patrick Dempsey, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin McKidd, Kathleen Quinlan, Sydney Pollock
Theatrical Release Date: May 2, 2008
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Tom Bailey (Dempsey; TV’s “Grey’s Anatomy”) is a ladies’ man to the extreme. One glance at a woman and she’ll give him her number. Bailey also is someone who sticks to the rules when it comes to “relationships”. He never sleeps with the same woman back to back and only once a week at that. Tom made his wealth from inventing hot cup holders (like those used at Starbucks). He is also best friends with Hannah (Monaghan; The Heartbreak Kid) who, together they have the greatest time going around New York City tasting sushi or sharing cake. Life is good between them. The two met 10 years earlier at a Halloween party and completely by accident as Tom crept into a dorm room expecting a late night randevu and instead found Hannah in bed.
Then Hannah gets a career opportunity to work abroad in Scotland for six weeks. She returns home with a surprise: she has supposedly met the man of her dreams in Scotsman Colin McMurray (McKidd; TV’s “Journeyman”), the perfect guy’s guy in every way. Colin is not only a great dunker in basketball but also plays the bagpipes, a strong brute and, oh yeah, also royalty. To make it even more strange, Hannah asks Tom to be her Maid of Honor, for which he takes the opportunity to prove to her that he should be the one for her.
Made of Honor can be described in one word: safe. It takes no chances with the story (you know what’ll happen from the beginning if you ever seen the trailers) and neither of these main characters are anything spectacular or original, hell I’m not even sure why they like each other as the chemistry really didn’t seem to be there while they were onscreen together. Even the typical comic relief best friend for Tom wasn’t that interesting or funny.
I like Patrick ‘McDreamy’ Dempsey as much as the next guy. He’s a man’s man who you would love to hang out with if not only to meet gorgeous women, but in this movie he doesn’t really have much to work with. Same goes for Michelle Monaghan, a beautiful and talented actress that really needs to choose better material to make an impact. The screenplay by Adam Sztykiel (debut) and writing team Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont (Can’t Hardly Wait, Josie and the Pussycats) is, at its best, average.
In the end, this is a very forgettable movie that I won’t think about again unless I happen upon it while looking through my DVD/Blu-ray collection. With two good-looking stars, one would think that it could have been more memorable, but just because they look good does not mean they have the chemistry to carry the film. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, those were actors with spark. Dempsey and Monaghan? Not so much.
If you want a safe romantic comedy with nothing to really think about, then you might give this a spin on a slow Friday night. But I think you can find so much better at the video store than this (plus I have a feeling you’ll be seeing the DVD at bargain prices at some point).
Made of Honor also features the late (and great) Sydney Pollack as Tom Bailey’s father, Kevin McKidd from HBO’s “Rome” as Tom’s semi-likeable though very boring competition and Kathleen Quinlan in a smaller role playing Hannah’s mom.
This Blu-ray comes with a couple exclusives not available on DVD. Most of these features are in HD.
Director’s Commentary – Paul Weiland sits down for a chat about how the movie was made. I’m not a fan of solo tracks so adding another person to the commentary would’ve helped.
“Save the Date”: The Making of Made of Honor (12:42) – This is a standard ‘making-of’ that features many interviews with the cast (Dempsey, Monaghan and Pollack) and crew (director Paul Weiland) among others. Not an enthralling featurette by any means, but it’s something to give a glimpse into the production. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Three Weddings and a Skyline (6:40) – The second featurette spotlights the locations and production design of the three weddings that take place during the film and how they were put together. Primarily features comments from production designer Kalina Ivanov. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Deleted Scenes (3:02) – Only two scenes have been included and neither would’ve added... well, anything to the plot. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
There are also some previews to other Sony titles.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
In all honesty, I don’t think comedies take advantage of high-def, but with regards to Made of Honor, it did look pretty good. I thought the colors were even all the way across and did not notice any sort of dust, grains or scratches. Sony releases the film on a 50GB Blu-ray disc and in 1080P hi-def.
This BD disc offers up a good, though not really outstanding, Dolby TrueHD track. The film is primarily dialog driven with Rupert Gregson-Williams score putting the other speakers to use with an occasional pop song for good measure. French and Portuguese TrueHD and Spanish and Tai Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks also available.
Made of Honor may not be a great romantic comedy, but since it does make the safe choices from beginning to end, it’s a harmless movie. To me, Patrick Dempsey and Bridget Moynahan showed off very little sparks so by the end when you know what happens, it doesn’t ring true, even in a genre such as this. This Blu-ray has a few exclusives unavailable on the DVD version and maybe seeing the late Sydney Pollack sharing his thoughts on the movie will make this a worthy rental, otherwise wait for this to appear on HBO-HD.