Happy never after? The enduring appeal of the messy marriage movie

Published on Feb 14, 2020

Happy never after? The enduring appeal of the messy marriage movie

Will Ferrell and Julia Louis-Dreyfus fall apart in tense remake Downhill, the latest in a long line of comedies about romance that aren’t particularly romantic

Q: When is a comedy about romance not a romantic comedy? A: When it focuses on a married couple.

American audiences can find a case in point this weekend with Downhill, a Hollywoodized remake of the Swedish masterwork Force Majeure, both of which join a nuclear family headed for meltdown. They share an inciting incident that sees the paterfamilias abandoning his wife (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and children during what appears to be an avalanche, while he grabs his phone and runs for cover. This “every man for himself” reaction leads to a series of awkward, painful confrontations between the spouses once it’s clear that the “avalanche” was a controlled test and everybody’s safe.

Read full article at: The Guardian - Film News

Author: Charles Bramesco