Plot: What’s it about?
I have a few admissions before I dive into this romantic comedy. First, when I got the press solicitation for this film I rolled my eyes. I mean, seriously, I didn’t know they could go back that far in my head. I think I might have actually seen my own brain. But then I got to thinking (which I like to do sometimes), “How about I request this just so I can tear it apart in my review?” Yes, that’s productive, I know. But here we are and, well, I’ve got a copy of Marry Me in my hands. Well technically it’s in front of me else I’d not be able to type. Did the early 2000’s call and want their movie back? I think they did. But with the film’s subplot about celebrities and trying to have private lives and so forth, maybe there was more to this one that meets they eye?
Kat Valdez (Jennifer Lopez) stretches her acting talents to the max as she’s a singer/dancer. After a couple of failed marriages, she’s ready to throw her hat back in the ring. She’s engaged to Bastian (Maluma) and we’re informed that they’ve got a combined social media reach of over 20 million folks and this makes their upcoming wedding a publicized event. But Page Six posts a video of Bastian cheating on Kat with her assistant. Gazing into the crowd, Kat spies Charlie (Owen Wilson), a fan holding a sign that says “Marry Me”, the name of the song that she and Bastian recorded for the wedding. Kat spontaneously proposes to Charlie who’s encouraged by the crowd to play along. Charlie assumes this was a one-time thing, but Kat and her manager convince him to continue to be seen with her to get back at Bastian. We all know what happens next.
I wanted to dislike Marry Me and, truthfully, I did. It wasn’t awful. I’ve seen much worse. But there is a message in there about the “power” of social media and how it plays with people differently. I flip through television channels and see so much “news” and wonder if the world is getting crazier or this stuff has happened all the time and now we simply have the technology to be aware of it as soon as it happens? Wilson and Lopez do have chemistry together, I’ll give them that. I’ve always liked Owen Wilson in most of his roles. This one felt like an updated version of Notting Hill if that puts things into perspective.
Video: How’s it look?
Universal brings Marry Me to Blu-ray with a good, but not exactly great, 2.39:1 AVC HD encode. We get a passable image, but it never became eye catching. It’s not bad by any means, but just rather basic in its look and colors. Details are fine and it’s free of grain, but I felt it could’ve been brighter and sharper overall. Still, the results could’ve been far worse, so I won’t complain too badly.
Audio: How’s it sound?
Admittedly this is a fairly audio heavy film. Then again it deals with music at its core and somewhat pushes the bounds of the “romantic comedy” with some pretty decent sonics. The included DTS HD Master Audio track has several scenes to flex its muscle, notably at the concert scenes. I found directional effects to be spot on, vocals to be sharp and crisp and surrounds surprisingly active. This is an area that somewhat surprised me, but in a good way.
Supplements: What are the extras?
- Audio Commentary – With Director Kat Coiro and Producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, the duo tell us all about the cast, the music and the connection between JLo and Owen Wilson. And everything in between.
- Deleted Scenes
- It’s Coming Together
- Plotting the Future
- Is Everyone Happy?
- Come to the Concert
- What Am I Doing Here?
- You’re Married!
- Having Fun at the Dance
- Flight Status
- Gag Reel
- Jennifer Unveiled – Using raw, of-the-moment, b-roll shot on set throughout production, this piece will give audiences unprecedented access behind the scenes, showcasing close-up, intimate footage of Jennifer Lopez – actress and producer.
- Behind the Camerea: The Making of Marry Me – Glitz, glamor, romance and music. Go behind the scenes in this making-of, for an up-close look at how powerhouse performer Jennifer Lopez and all-star director Kat Coiro are teaming up to put the swoon back on the big screen.
- Turn it Up: The Music of Marry Me – Go inside the process with both J.Lo and Maluma as we discover what they wanted these songs to achieve, the stories and meanings behind them, and how they collaborated though countries apart.
- Live at Madison Square Garden – To create a fictional, epic, on-stage moment between Kat Valdez and Bastian, the production of Marry Me pulled off a REAL epic on stage moment between Jennifer Lopez and Maluma. Surprising a massive real-world audience of Maluma’s at Madison Square Garden, Jennifer Lopez joined him on stage for one of the film’s most powerful numbers. As we head backstage, we’ll not only reveal how they pulled off such an exciting surprise, we’ll also get an up-close look at international pop star Maluma.
- Married with Style – Complete with eye-catching musical numbers, the nuptials of Kat and Bastian was meant to bring the house down IN STYLE! Now, visit Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City as the team behind this magical moment that could have been, breaks it down for us.
- Lyric Video – “On My Way”
The Bottom Line
Odds are you either like JLo or you don’t. Certainly I made it clear where I stand. This really wasn’t as bad as I thought, but it’s one that I have no intention of watching again anytime soon. Add to that, it just seems dated. It’s the type of film that came out in the early 2000’s and seems caught in those same traps that those films faced. Still, if JLo is your thing – you could do a lot worse.