I’ll never be a fan of Melissa McCarthy’s comedic roles. I think between this, Ghostbusters and that brief bit in Central Intelligence, what I’ve seen so far really hasn’t impressed me. Strangely enough, her dramatic roles (Can You Ever Forgive Me?, St. Vincent) are superb and she really outdoes herself in these roles. But Bridesmaids offers up a comedic role for McCarthy – and based on that very jaded and biased system set out in the opening paragraph, you can probably tell I wasn’t too fond of Bridesmaids.
Surprisingly though it’s not her performance that makes Bridesmaids so bloody dull. McCarthy is quite honestly one of its few redeeming qualities, it’s everything else that is a true slog to watch. Clocking in at two hours in length, the movie sticks around far too long and is light on laughs the whole way through.
What it does have though, in place of laughter, is depth. Certain characters have some surprising depth to them, specifically Chris O’Dowd and his relationship with Kristen Wiig’s leading role, Annie Walker. Walker as a character becomes very difficult and obnoxious for me, so it’s nice to see that O’Dowd provides an excellent level of normality to the film on the whole.
But aside from O’Dowd’s excellence as Officer Rhodes, the film provides nothing else in return. None of the other characters really resonated all that well, and it makes the movie all the drearier. At times it feels like a genuine slog to get through, with many of the characters being borderline annoying from the moment they appear on screen.
What doesn’t help this is the clumsy direction of Paul Feig, who for better or for worse decides to follow the formula of every other 21st century ensemble comedy. By that I mean he does nothing interesting or unique with his camera work and it feels like there’s very little room for improv too.
Still, improv can’t save this movie – it was doomed right from the start. Very unfunny and at times performed so poorly it hurts, Bridesmaids isn’t something worth spending such a long time with. The few chuckles you’ll get really aren’t worth slogging through two hours of unoriginal, reused gags that can be found in better movies from a decade ago.