Reviews are rolling in for Judd Apatow’s new comedy “The Five-Year Engagement,” starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as a couple whose wedding plans are continually postponed (for five years perhaps?). And critics are sounding mostly favorable toward the film, opening Friday (April 27), with the warning not to expect another “Bridesmaids.”
Leonard Maltin writes, “‘The Five-Year Engagement’ is a strikingly original comedy with serious undertones. It dares to take its time, as it covers an unusually long time period in a constantly-changing relationship.”
Lou Lumenick from the New York Post, meanwhile, writes that Blunt and Segel are “an inspired team,” adding, “This seems like another breakthrough for Blunt, who demonstrates an ample gift for physical comedy.”
More than a few reviewers point out that the film, typical of Apatow’s movies, runs a little too long, but it sounds like it’s worth the wait to make it to the end.
Of course, the film has its detractors: Bill Gibron from FilmCritic.com writes, “Unfortunately, the script by Mr. Segel and director Nicolas Stoller doesn’t live up to their previous success — the hilarious ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall.’ Instead, this feels like an incomplete draft, a version where initial punchlines weren’t polished and where too much attention was paid to the onscreen relationship.”
Will you see “The Five-Year Engagement”?