For my first movie review of 2018, I have chosen Made of Honour. A romantic comedy that was first released in May 2008. It was written by Adam Sztykiel, Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont. It was directed by Paul Weiland.
Made of Honour revolves around Tom and Hannah, who have been platonic friends for 10 years. He’s a serial dater, while she wants marriage but hasn’t found Mr Right. Just as Tom is starting to think that he is relationship material after all and that Hannah has been the girl of his dreams all along, Hannah gets engaged. When she asks Tom to be her “maid” of honour, he reluctantly agrees just so that he can attempt to stop the wedding and woo her.
- Patrick Dempsey – Tom
- Michelle Monaghan – Hannah
- Kevin McKidd – Colin
- Kadeem Hardison – Felix
- Chris Messina – Dennis
- Richmond Arquette – Gary
- Busy Philips – Melissa
- Whitney Cummings – Stephanie
- Emily Nelson – Hilary
- Kathleen Quinlan – Joan
- Selma Stern – Grandma Pearl
- Sydney Pollack – Thomas Sr
- James Sikking – Reverend Foote
If you are a fan of Rom Coms, I think you will enjoy this one.
I loved the character in this film, sometimes in Rom Coms, writers can go really over board with character personalities. But there was definitely a balance here. Tom is a serial dater who is afraid of commitment, he thinks he is God’s gift to man kind, and thinks he can charm any woman he comes across. That was until he meet Hannah. Hannah is the “geek”, who stays at home studying instead of going out parting and probably the first woman that Tom has met that is completely honest and doesn’t fall for his charm.
Even though they are only friends, you can see from the very beginning, there is chemistry there. I personally love when a pair like Tom and Hannah have such great chemistry on screen. It makes it so much easier to watch and you can really relate to the characters more.
Although the two have a lot in common, they are best friends and it seems that know each other so well, or so they thought. The biggest difference they have is that Tom is a commitment-phobe and Hannah want her Happily ever after. I love the friendship that they share, they know everything about each other, the good and the bad. And it seems that they know what each other is thinking before either person has to say anything. I really love watching pairs and couple like that on screen, it just gives you such a heart warming feeling.
We see from they beginning of the movie, Tom has very strict rules when it comes to dating, I think it’s because he doesn’t want women getting too attached to him. And also, it seems that he doesn’t want to turn out like his father, Thomas Sr, who is on to his 6th Marriage.
When Hannah goes to Scotland for six weeks, I think the real Tom comes through a lot more. He sees what he had with Hannah was a big thing in his life. Yes, it was a friendship, but without her he realises he is missing something. He tries to replace her with the different women he sees through out the week, but none of them are up to par with Hannah. Finally he confesses to his friends that he has feelings for Hannah and probably has done, for a long time without even realising it. It is actually a nice moment when he comes to the realisation when his friends seemed to be relived that he finally came to that conclusion. They seemed to have know well before Tom did. His group are probably more excited for Tom to tell Hannah than he is.
When Hannah breaks the new to Tom and introduces Colin all at the same time, it is a very funny moment yet heart dropping at the same time. Tom isn’t happy that Colin is in the picture and only decides to accept the role of Made of Honour in the hope of proving that he is a better choice than Colin. However, annoyingly everything that Tom tries to prove himself, Colin seems to beat him at it. At that point I was really routing for Tom and kinda didn’t like Colin for the fact that he beat Tom to the punch.
I love the fact that Tom’s group began training him to be the best Made of Honour possible to ensure that he is involved in every aspect of wedding planning, and in doing so his feelings seem to get stronger for Hannah. He really is falling for her.
When they head to Scotland, the scenery footage they show is really stunning and really sets the scene really well. It is in Scotland where everything needs to happen. Tom needs to stop the wedding if he really loves Hannah and proves that he is the Mr Right that she has been missing and show her that she is the woman of his dreams that was there all along.
I am not going to spoil the ending for you but I will say that it is definitely filled with will they or won’t they moments. It really is cutting it close to the wedding when things begin to happen and you are really kept in suspense to how it will turn out.
The one thing I will say that I didn’t like about the film, is that they drag out the ending a lot, you kinda what to get to what happens. I know that is the point, but some movies do it really well, with just enough in between. I think they could have really gotten to the ending without some of the scenes they had. However, that did not put me off, I loved it, plus it has Patrick Dempsey in it, that really is the bonus, I’d just watch it because he is in it. I highly recommend it to those Rom Com fans like me, I don’t think it is for everyone though but definitely worth a watch for the comedy factor I think.
Let me know if you’ve seen it and what you think!!