Originally Published on Salty Popcorn
The opening shot of this movie is hilarious. And I mean *hilarious*. It makes the film worthwhile before the actual film even begins, and while one may argue the jokes that follow don’t land nearly as well, it is, in all fairness, hard to top. This is not a work of fiction. It may feel like it, but it isn’t. It’s so much better. We follow the story of Ali (Osamah Sami), a Muslim living in Australia with his family. Ali, or Charlie as he sometimes goes by, is looking for a number of things in life, all of which go against his parent’s wants, including wanting to choose the girl he marries.
ALI’S WEDDING, not too long after its hilarious opener, boasts a title card that’ll make AMERICAN HUSTLE proud. It states “Based On A True Story… Unfortunately.” That statement soon proves to be accurate, for this entire film is one big misadventure of love, culture, being who you are and accepting the ways other people choose to live their lives. It’s an endearing, crowd pleasing and triumphant endeavor grown fresh here in Australia and full of cheeky Aussie humour. ALI’S WEDDING and THE BIG SICK are going to make one hell of a double feature come their Blu-Ray releases.
One of the very few downsides to their terrific, original screenplay is that it has a tendency to spill out into random, unimportant plot elements that just play no relevance into anything. Ali’s father’s latest musical, a comedic take on Saddam Hussan’s life (something I never knew I needed to see until now), gets picked up overseas at one point. There’s a brief, two minutes scene in which all the characters get on a plane, fly overseas and are immediately arrested under suspicions that they’re terrorists. Yes, racism is bad. Yes, that actually happened in real life. But in the context of the story being told here, it’s two minutes that could’ve been cut to make for a smoother sailing journey.
Australia’s first ever Muslim rom-com is an endearing as it is funny. ALI’S WEDDING is the exact type of film you’ll stumble upon one late Sunday afternoon that’ll end your weekend with a bang. See this movie. It’ll bring happiness to every part of your body and create bouncing cartoon love hearts in your eyes as soon as the credits role. Also, Ryan Corr plays a character named Wazza, and that’s pretty frackng cool if you ask me. Not as cool as Zoë Kravitz’s Toast in MAD MAX FURY ROAD, but not far behind, either.
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