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Michael Winterbottom
Dev Patel, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh
Writing Credits:
Michael Winterbottom

A mysterious British Muslim man journeys across Pakistan and India.

Rated R.

Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English PCM 2.0
English Audio Description
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 97 min.
Price: $29.98
Release Date: 10/8/2019

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The Wedding Guest [Blu-Ray] (2019)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (October 3, 2019)

Given its title, one might expect 2019’s The Wedding Guest to offer a gentle parlor drama. Instead, the film gives us a thriller with a dark side to it.

UK resident Jay (Dev Patel) travels to Pakistan. He makes this journey to attend the wedding of Apu and Samira (Radhika Apte).

However, Jay doesn’t take this trip to celebrate the nuptials. Instead, the mercenary plans to kidnap the bride to be, a choice that sends them on a perilous journey.

At one point, a character refers to Jay and Samira as Bonnie and Clyde, and I get those comparisons, as Guest mostly depicts the leads on the run. However, they’re not quite the wild bankrobbers of B&C, so links end with their shared journeys.

On the positive side, Guest creates a fairly intriguing tale for its first act or so. The movie maintains a substantial air of mystery, as it dollops out plot points gradually and leaves us curious to know more about Jay and his mission.

Patel does well as the lead, too. He handles the role’s rough edges nicely but softens in a believable manner when necessary as well.

However, once we get a grip on Jay’s purpose, the movie slowly becomes less and less interesting. Most of the drama comes from the audience’s lack of firm footing, so we stay with the story mainly because we feel eager to see where it’ll go.

When we understand Jay’s purpose, matters devolve into something less compelling. Not that Guest ever becomes boring, but after Jay’s mission becomes revealed, it focuses more on characters than on plot, and that turns into a weakness.

Much of this stems from the arm’s length at which Guest keeps us from Jay. On one hand, I respect the fact that we don’t get mawkish flashbacks to reveal what turned Jay into an emotionally distant mercenary, but on the other hand, the absence of real character information means we don’t embrace his development as we should.

The relationship between Jay and Samira loosens him up but it follows a fairly predictable path and doesn’t seem especially compelling. When Guest focuses on its lead characters, it does so in such a superficial manner that we never quite embrace them.

At its heart, Guest acts as Jay’s emotional journey, so our distance from him remains a considerable drawback. Frankly, there’s just no emotional “there” there.

Add to this the inevitable “twist” ending and Guest winds up as an erratic effort. While it does enough to keep us with it, the movie loses power as it progresses.

The Disc Grades: Picture B+/ Audio B/ Bonus D-

The Wedding Guest appears in an aspect ratio of 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a pleasant presentation.

Sharpness was positive. Virtually no softness materialized, so the image remained tight and well-defined.

I noticed no issues with shimmering or jaggies, and edge haloes failed to appear. Print flaws also failed to mar the presentation.

Guest went with a teal-influenced palette that sprinkled in a fair amount of amber/orange as well. Within the movie’s color design, the tones seemed solid.

Blacks were dark and deep, while shadows demonstrated decent smoothness, though some nighttime shots felt a bit murky. Nonetheless, this was a consistently satisfying image.

As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, the film’s material allowed it to open up in a satisfying manner when necessary

Music added immersiveness, and effects captured the various locations. Much of this stayed in the environmental realm, but different street scenes brought active settings, and a handful of more violent moments used the spectrum nicely as well.

Audio quality seemed good. Speech was distinctive and natural, without edginess or other issues.

Music seemed warm and lush, while effects showed nice clarity and accuracy. Bass response delivered solid punch. The mix suited the story and kicked into gear when necessary.

The disc opens with ads for Pick of the Litter, Far From the Tree, Tea with the Dames and The Quiet Stone. We also find the trailer for Guest but the disc lacks any other extras.

A thriller with a stronger than usual character basis, The Wedding Guest works fairly well – for a while, at least. After the first act, however, the movie slowly loses steam. The Blu-ray brings good picture and audio but it lacks supplements. Guest ends up as a sporadically compelling tale but not a great one.

Viewer Film Ratings: 2 Stars Number of Votes: 1
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