Destination Wedding [2018] ★★

It wouldn’t be completely unfair to say that this movie has no reason to exist except to showcase two of Hollywood’s most beloved actors of the 90’s: Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. These two have been friends for 30 years and appeared in several movies together. But “Destination Wedding”, written and directed by Victor Levin, is a missed opportunity. It relies way too much on the chemistry between these two, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, I couldn’t care much about the story itself. Reeves and Ryder play two strangers who meet on their way to the same wedding. Basically they just talk and talk and talk and talk until the credits start rolling. Usually I don’t mind this type of storytelling (I love Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy), but Levin is relentless with his dialogue and rarely allows his characters to stop and take a deep breath. Worse, the dialogue itself is pointless most of the time and my mind started to wander at some point. Instead of being pulled into their story I felt myself drifting away from it. That’s a damn shame, because both actors are great, and surely they deserve something better than this forgettable rom-com.

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