It was each and every little bit as saccharine and self-indulgent and toe-curling as we predicted, but the unexpectedly touching vignette from Hugh Grant as the bewildered-but-beaming parent created this an amiable plenty of journey down memory lane. If Richard Curtis ever wants to do his own remake of Father of the Bride … Grant is his guy.
The set-up was that Charles (Grant) and his companion Carrie (a shut-to-non-talking cameo for Andie MacDowell) have a daughter (Lily James) who is adorably marrying the daughter of Charles’s previous close friend, the a person who was secretly in love with him the entire time: Fiona (Kristin Scott Thomas). Lily’s bride is performed by Alicia Vikander. It’s a super daring and present day similar-intercourse point that completely flusters the comedy vicar played by Rowan Atkinson. His inability to get text correct is now made even worse by his apparent astonishment at the thought of gay relationship.
And who is Fiona married to? Properly, the comedy montage that shut the initial 4 Weddings again in 1994 implied she’d received jointly with Prince Charles. Did Richard Curtis method His Royal Highness and ask for a cameo, like the a person his mum did with Daniel Craig for the Olympics? Absolutely Charles was not this sort of a bad sport as to say no?
Probably. In any function, substantially time has long gone by and quite sadly there have been real funerals: people of Corin Redgrave, who played Hamish and who died in 2010, and Charlotte Coleman, who played Charles’s wacky flatmate Scarlett and died in 2001. The script gracefully alluded to her absence.
Or else, the aged gang have been there: Matthew (John Hannah) who read through aloud from Ed Sheeran alternatively than WH Auden, Tom (a bearded James Fleet) and Lydia (Sophie Thompson). Anna Chancellor was back again with her Duckface change, and a weird gag about who she was married to now. Nicola Walker reprised her embarrassing wedding singer plan, this time reverse Sam Smith. Grant’s rambling and useless but psychological speech was weirdly authentic. This, I suspected, is precisely the way he could possibly choke up in real lifestyle. That legendary stammer was earned.
In reality, 4 Weddings Reloaded was not really amusing – but then really none of Red Nose Working day at any time is. A thing about the seriousness of the proceedings make absolutely everyone there, even Romesh Ranganathan, search like a very well-that means geography teacher sportingly joining in with the school’s conclude-of-term Xmas display.
But there was anything truly tender about Hugh Grant in greying center age, seeking even much more baffled by everyday living than at any time.