Title: Table 19
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Stephen Merchant, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori & June Squibb
Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19.
I am doing something new today and I am reviewing a film! For 2018 I decided that I would post whatever I fancied and not put pressure on myself to post only one type of content. I really love watching movies and TV shows outside of reading so I wanted to add that to my blog when I find a new movie or show which I love.
Table 19 was a surprising film for me. I expected it to be pure comedy especially with the cast repping Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Craig Robinson(The Office US), Lisa Kudrow (F.R.I.E.N.D.S) and Stephen Merchant (An Idiot Abroad, The Office). All of which are fabulous comedy actors but Table 19 ended up being so much more than simply a comedy. Throughout the movie there were moments which really pulled at my emotions and I wasn’t expecting that. I guess I should have looked it up before hand and seen how it is also categorized as a drama.
The film follows Eloise (Anna Kendrick), having just been broken up with her boyfriend Teddy (Wyatt Russell) who dumped her by TEXT (the worst way, am I right?) as she attends her oldest friends wedding. Eloise was once the maid of honor but dropped out considering Wyatt was Best man and the brother to the bride. Now rather than sitting on the head table she is put on Table 19 aka the Misfit Table. The table which holds a bunch of people who ‘should have known to say they couldn’t come but decided to RSVP yes.’ As Eliose states. Table 19 sat a whole host of character types from the old lady, the young boy dying for a relationship or just sex, the weird guy, the married couple having problems and now Eloise- the newly single.
What was interesting about this film without revealing every aspect of what happens throughout it, was how deep its character studies were. This was something yet again, unexpected for me and the narrative itself went in a whole new direction again I didn’t expect. As a whole this movie was unpredictable to me and that was something I really loved. However in terms of the deep character studies, one I will use as an example as I liked it the most is Teddy and Eloise. There was so much depth to their story, from the beginning you to put it bluntly… think he’s a dick because who dumps by text? But as the story develops you develop empathy for Teddy. At that point I realised Ok so this isn’t going to be like John Tucker Must Die… she isn’t going to be getting revenge on an ex…
Table 19 runs for 1 hr 27 minutes and it is based on the single day at the wedding reception, except the first few minutes of the film which shows the guests receiving their invitations to the wedding and RSVP’ing yes. Or in Eloise case, yes, then no, burn it a little, then yes and end it with a cry…The plot then follows as the misfits each come together and deal with their individual issues. However one character in particular is not exactly who they seem…
I would definitely recommend this film especially for those who are a fan of films like How To Be Single or Bridget Jones Diary. It was a 4.5/5 Stars for me. Easy to get into, laughable in places and sad in others. Table 19 was truly a feel good film that has an emotional edge as well.
Have you watched Table 19? What were your thoughts or is it on your to be watched?
2 thoughts on “Spoiler Free Movie Review | Table 19.”
OMG I am really going to have to see this movie. It sounds hilarious, plus I’m a huge Bridget Jones fan so I’m sure Table 19 will be right up my ally! I wanted to check this one out when it was playing in theaters but our local cinema was showing it so I missed it 😦 Of course then I’d forgotten about it (as you do lol) but I’ll have to get it on netflicks
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