It’s Jeremy (Matthew McNulty) and Alexandra’s (Talulah Riley’s) big day, their wedding day, and its far more than stressful for everyone that is involved than you might think. The groom’s party is not organized, one of the wedding rings is down the toilet, no car is arranged, and on top of this a psycho ex is on the warpath, and a delivery of testicles in a jar puts a sinister edge to the days events. Meanwhile things are equally as disorganized on the bride’s side, one of the bridesmaids has disappeared with a hen night stripper, one sits on broken glass, while last minute nerves way heavy on the brides emotions.
Unfortunately he Knot annoys the viewer from the moment the movie begins, the credit sequence is cheap and unimaginative, then it does the last thing you want it to do, to turn the camera over to one of the people involved in the wedding. The lines of perspective become blurred as we see the movie from two angles; one is the bigger picture like a typical movie, the other from a camcorder held a budding filmmaker who happens to be one of the groomsmen. What you end up with are moments of action and comedy, intermingled with short interviews with the various parties involved in the wedding. The interview element really drags the story down, it simply does not work and just annoys the viewer, the interviews are bland and uninspiring, and at sharp polar opposite to the events that have just occurred in the previous scene.
The Knot does have moments of hilarity, and you cannot help but compare it in some ways to Four Weddings and a Funeral, the comedy here however is far smuttier, much more risqué. Were it not for the fact that there is some good humour, this really would be a total wash out.
There is a certain opinion that seems to think that if you chuck Noel Clark into a movie or TV show it will automatically be a success, I’m sure that the Knot will prove to be yet another exception. While Clark is an incredibly talented human being, and a likeable one at that, nobody can overrule a imposing director and their views. Clark also had a hand in the screenplay, and it would be very interesting to see which parts of the screenplay he had input in.
Cut all the wedding film footage (shot by parties on both the bride and grooms side) and the story is not quite so bad. A series of bizarre and comical situations that almost emulate the comedy of American Pie, and as if to highlight this Mena Suvari from the franchise, also makes an appearance. If the movie focused on the bigger picture, then I’m sure it will be ultimately more successful, but as it stands expect the movie to fall sharply out of the box office at an alarming pace.
The Knot is in UK cinemas from 5th of October.