Movie Review: Isn't It Romantic
If you’re looking for a light-hearted, feel-good film that’s included in your Netflix subscription, you’ve found it. Isn’t It Romantic defies expectations, providing profound life lessons alongside hysterical moments.
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Personally, I became bored with the lack of creativity in the romantic-comedy genre.
More often than not, I found these movies unrealistic and lacking any real sense of relatability. Over the years, they had lost the sharp comedic edge I used to love them for.
Romantic comedies were prolific in the early 2000s: Knocked Up, 13 Going On 30 and He's Just Not That Into You are just a handful of releases from this time. Cinema was over saturated with rom-coms, and the more that came out, the less I enjoyed them. The repetition of similar music choices, story-lines, characters - and even the same actors - resulted in the genre’s decline.
So how does Isn’t It Romantic differ from other rom-coms?
The film introduces us to New York-based architect, Natalie (played by Rebel Wilson), who is seriously struggling with self-esteem. She’s also extremely cynical, and this plays out in the initial plot of the film.
As the story unfolds however, and Natalie grows as a character, we get the hilarious one-liners, physical comedy and sharp jokes we’ve come to love and expect from Rebel Wilson films.
Despite being flawed, Wilson's character is refreshing in a variety of ways.
The film successfully embraces plus-size women in a sophisticated way. The character never considers herself ‘less-than’ due to her size, which has been the narrative in many other movies.
Instead, her weight is never discussed, or considered an obstacle to achieve her aspirations.
This lack of acknowledgment might not sound like a big deal, but in comparison to older movies within the genre, it’s a major accomplishment. If you watch any Adam Sandler movie, you’ll notice the opposite, especially in movies like The Waterboy and Jack and Jill where plus-size women have unfortunately been used as the butt of the joke for cheap laughs.
In Isn’t It Romantic however, Natalie shatters the thin 'girl-next-door’ mould for a romantic lead, and embraces her self-worth.
Rebel Wilson is joined by some amazing co-stars in this movie, including Jennifer Saunders who sets the comedic tone in the opening sequence with her legendary presence. Other famous faces include Liam Hemsworth, Priyanka Chopra, Tom Ellis and Adam DeVine.
The on-screen talent are helped by a brilliant script; the writers manage to transform a tired and overworked genre and make it feel revitalised, witty, and current. It tackles toxic lessons taught in older rom-coms, and provides a fresh alternative.
Isn’t It Romantic cleverly pokes fun at societal ideals through satire, and the result is uplifting, inclusive, empowering, and provides some great life lessons.
Overall, I would give this movie a solid 8 out of 10 – it’s the perfect choice for a night-in with friends.
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