father of the bride is a real charmer worn by the wonderful Andy Garcia.
There are no spoilers in this review of the HBO Max film Father of the Bride (2022).
The original father of the bride was a staple in my house growing up. Something with Steve Martin. Neal mistaking Del’s breasts for pillows Planes, trains and cars to Naven protecting the cans The idiot, to Freddy Benson having a bowel movement at the dining table while wearing an eye patch Dirty lazy villainshis movies got us laughing through cold Buffalo winters (yes, we weren’t It’s a beautiful life Family). So every time a classic comedy with wild and crazy dudes gets remade, I’m hesitant to remake any classic. I mean, there are enough bad flops out there, right? Where the busyness the “DRS” remake, was almost a copy of the original. This father of the bride has the cojones to add enough spin to the story to make it her own. It also has a very funny twist by the awesome Andy Garcia.
And yes, I know Charley Shyers father of the bride was a remake of the 1950 film starring Spencer Tracey and Elizabeth Taylor. Even Fronk Oz’s Dirty lazy villains is a remake of the 1964 Marlon Brando vehicle, Good night story. So the whole thought process I have here shows my hypocrisy in remakes. That’s because the Hollywood remake machine has been alive for half a century. What Gaz Alazrakis (We are the nobles) Reimagining does so well in placing the classic story in a world viewed through the lens of immigrants and their first-generation descendants. This film oozes cultural relevance and competence within these walls. The family is filled with love, traditional Cuban food, proud machismo, shared heritage, traditional family values, and shared traumatic history that are naturally woven into the story.
The screenplay by Matt Lopez (The Race to the Witch Mountain) also fits into a modern update by changing tropes. By playing with non-traditional gender roles, Lopez also poses the problem of daughter Sofia (Emerald City Adria Arjona), gone as an equal or secondary story arc. Why? Because the film begins with Billy (Garcia) and Ingrid (Gloria Estefan) getting divorced. There they already have their one daughter, Cora (Instant family Isabella Mercedes). The Herreras will tell the family over dinner when Sofia is arriving. Sofia, however, forestalls them – she now has a fiancé, Adan (New orders Diego Bonéta). A fellow lawyer wants to steal Sofia, take her to Mexico and work for a non-profit organization. There are some priceless lines along with loads of heart, including Estefan showing off her comedy chops here.
For example, while this film has flaws, it’s about 20 minutes too long and SNL’s insanely talented Chloe Fineman can’t quite match Martin Short’s hurricane take on The Wedding Planner. father of the bride, worn by the wonderful Garcia. He fits perfectly with the arrogant but lovable father figure. Garcia has been a dependable performer for decades, but has rarely had the opportunity to flex his comedy skills. He brings his expected depth to meaningful scenes and still exudes charm. But he lends the same bite to that comic twist in his dramatic roles. (However, Garcia was a member of a comedy troupe at the Comedy Store in the 1970s).
Garcia’s appearances in this all-new father of the bride are just as charming as him.
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