Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.
Some parody films can either try too hard or not hard enough and never hit the mark that they should have. Isn't It Romantic stood apart from all the rest, breaking the mold of the generic romcom and rebuilding it in a fun and unique way.
The film follows Natalie, a 30-something architect who grew up hating romantic films. She even went as far as criticizing her best friend for enjoying them. After a mugging and a nasty hit on the head, Natalie wakes up to find herself trapped inside of a romantic comedy. Now, in order to return to reality, she has to rediscover herself and find the true meaning of love.
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What stuck out the most was the relatability. There are so many people out there that are just like Natalie or Josh. Either they don't believe in love at all or they are hopeless romantics that just want to find that special someone. There's always one extreme or the other. Very few are content with themselves and their lives and the film puts that fact in a spotlight. I also loved the big lesson that the film was aiming to project. It was mainly aimed toward women but but men could learn a thing or two as well.
Rebel Wilson is absolute comedic gold. Her brand of humor was perfect for Natalie, resorting to sarcasm and cynicism but, at the same time, giving an upbeat performance. Honestly, I used to not care for her much but after seeing her in the Pitch Perfect trilogy, I've warmed up to her a bit. Isn't It Romantic just made me that much more of a fan. Adam Devine was just as funny and sweet as ever in his role as Josh, Natalie's best friend. The funniest of them all, however, had to be Brandon Scott Jones. He had the funniest line in the whole film and was always a delight when on screen.
If I had to nitpick about anything, it would be that the film didn't push as far as it could have. The film played it safe and eventually succumbed to the very thing it fought against. While I'm sure that was the point, there still could have been a bit more substance added to the story.
In conclusion, definitely go see this film especially if you're in a brokenhearted slump. It's fun for couples and singles alike and can teach everyone some valuable lessons. I give the film a 3 out of 4.
© 2019 Nathan Jasper