Muriel’s Wedding

Name: Muriel’s Wedding
Year: 1994
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 106
Description: Muriel finds life in Porpoise Spit, Australia, dull and spends her days alone in her room listening to Abba music and dreaming of her wedding day. Slight problem, Muriel has never had a date. Then she steals some money to go on a tropical vacation, meets a wacky friend, changes her name to Mariel, and turns her world upside down.
Stars: Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths and Bill Hunter
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

At first, I thought I wasn’t going to like it. Then, I began to enjoy the incredibly cute and juicy Australian accents, but the stupidity of Muriel’s marriage obsession quickly started to annoy me and the fact that she even loved a fake marriage is totally absurd. The film also had some severe pacing problems and you just know that the audio description is bad when you suddenly realise that the person you thought had cancer doesn’t have cancer at all (the fact that the two protagonists’ voices were sometimes interchangable didn’t help either). Also, what kind of a mother is totallly okay with the fact that her daughter taking all the family’s money? The only thing I really found entertaining about the whole story was the father’s romance with Deidre and Rhonda was really cool too, about the only normal person in this entire movie. Oh look, now Muriel’s mother died. How tragic. What’s going to be next, will Rhonda give the remaining stupid characters a smack and ask the director why this film was released to the public? Oh no, hang on, the fake lovers have to fall in love first. No, wait, they’re breaking up and Muriel who was Mariel just became Muriel again. Oh, for the love of God, this has to be the worst film I’ve ever seen. Even The Last Airbender was better!

The score mostly consisted of aimless chords, but there was one exception: an ABBA song arranged for synth choir, but some chords could definitely have been better. All the songs made me feel pretty nostalgic, though.

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Forrest Gump

Name: Forrest Gump
Year: 1994
Rating: PG-13
Running Time (minutes): 142
Description: Forrest Gump is a simple man with little brain activity but good intentions. He struggles through childhood with his best and only friend Jenny. His ‘mama’ teaches him the ways of life and leaves him to choose his destiny. Forrest joins the army for service in Vietnam, finding new friends called Dan and Bubba, he wins medals, starts a ping-pong craze, creates a famous shrimp fishing fleet, inspires people to jog, create the smiley, write bumper stickers and songs, donating to people and meeting the president several times. However this is all irrelevant to Forrest who can only think of his childhood sweetheart Jenny. Who has messed up her life. Although in the end all he wants to prove is that anyone can love anyone.
Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright and Gary Sinise
1994 Oscar Best Picture Winner!
1994 Best Actor: Tom Hanks
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

So endearing! Perhaps a bit sentimental and far-fetched at times, but what the hell.

And the SCORE! Those running cues were just… amazing. I’m surprised they didn’t make more of an impression on me when they played them live in Ghent during the World Soundtrack Awards last year, maybe because I didn’t know their context at that time. Simply trascending, and yes, way better than a box of chocolates…