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It is an inconsistency, I’ll admit, but the formulaic nature in the Romantic Comedy bugs me more than in other genre. Perhaps it is because the formula is not played against expectation as often in those stories; maybe it is my gender. Either way, I am harder on those movies than others. That is why I take note when I am roped into watching one and I end up liking it.
This occurred last week when I watched “The Decoy Bride,” twice. Ultimately the formula is followed, but somehow there is a novelty there. Perhaps it is the pleasant accents heard in the film; it is a Scottish story. Maybe it is the stunning cinematography; I want to visit the Isle of Man now. It certainly has something to do with Kelly MacDonald’s performance. (She, Jessica Chastain and Benedict Cumberbatch have emerged as the most compelling people acting over the past couple of years.)
The story itself involves a mistaken marriage and the efforts of the couple to undo the mistake and rectify the situation back to the way things are supposed to be. The fascinating thing is watching them evolve from undisguised disdain to caring and ultimately love (Don’t cry spoiler, this is a RomCom!) over the course of the day. It is reminiscent of “The 39 Steps” in a way, but more of an emotional journey than a relationship built on intense circumstances.
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