Destination Wedding

The story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay and Frank, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.

Winona RyderKeanu Reeves

Director: Victor Levin • Year: 2018
IMDB Rating: 6/10 • My Rating: 3/5

Lindsay: Don’t you believe there is someone for everyone?

Frank: Close. I believe that there is nobody for anyone.

*Minor spoilers*

My Review

In many ways this was better than expected as it offers up two pretty awful people to actually root for, despite it all. Frank (Reeves) and Lindsay (Ryder) meet at the airport and soon start bickering. To their dismay, on the light aircraft to their destination, they learn they’re going to the same wedding.

Frank is the estranged half-brother of the groom, while Lindsay used to be engaged to him – but was dumped five weeks before their own  wedding, six years previously. They’re both there out of a twisted sense of duty and Lindsay figures this might give her the closure she needs. While the pair are both cynical and pessimistic – and seem incapable of not roasting one another – they form an odd bond against the rest of the wedding party.

One thing inevitably leads to another and our caustic couple live happily ever after. Well, not really but there’s a sniff of hope and that’s all this is saying. Sure, be negative but maybe try to be open to the possibility of something meaningful too?

When Lindsay suggests that they take their one-nighter further, Frank is reluctant for all his reasons. Will he change his mind? This is a short review because, well action wise we’re a little light on the ground. This is more a study of human expectation and disappointment – with the two coolest leads on the planet.

Lindsay: Do you wanna have children?

Frank: I’d rather be dead in a ditch.

My Comments

I really liked the blend of cynicism and hope but there’s a stiffness to it and – much as I adore him with every fiber of my being – I think this is down to how much dialog there is for KR to process. However, in a way this works towards building his character, who’s awkward and unpleasant – but seriously hot. The sarcasm almost suits him and it’s a role we seldom see him in, so it’s worth relishing.

I loved seeing this golden couple back on the screen together – so they could have been doing or saying anything and I’d be satisfied. As is happens there a few stand out scenes that really tickled me – the scene in which they decide to do it (and Lindsay shouts “No no no!” at the point of climax because she’s a negative person) – and when they’re tearing down the wedding guests one by one.

Frank: Why would anyone have my mother as their maid of honor?

Lindsay: I know, it’s like having the Grim Reaper at your CAT scan.

Winona is wonderful of course, her facial expressions are a dream and I love her even more since Joyce Byers came into my life. She brings a realness to Lindsay that I can really identify with and honestly, can someone just find a new film for her to star in with the man of the moment?

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Always Be My Maybe

I’ll be quite honest, I suggested this film just so I could watch THE VERY SPECIAL CELEBRITY CAMEO segment again – it is pure perfection. But more on that momentarily.

The film itself is pretty standard fare but its depiction of American-Asian culture is joyous. These details are not shown nearly enough on the big screen and I’m here for it. We’ve done the white experience a millions times. Which reminds me of Jordan Peele’s vow to keep using his position to explore stories that aren’t led by white people.

A pair of childhood friends end up falling for each other when they grow up.

Ali WongRandall ParkKeanu Reeves

There’s Always Been Something Between Them.

*Minor spoilers*

Marcus Kim (Park) and Sasha Tran (Wong) are childhood BFFs who do everything together. Sasha’s parents are largely absent but what she doesn’t get from her own family, she gets from the Kims, who live next door. While she and Marcus are besties, Sasha is very close to Mrs Kim, who teaches her all about authentic Korean cuisine.

Tragedy strikes when Mrs Kim passes away suddenly when the pair are teenagers. As Marcus grieves for his mother, Sasha comforts him and they end up having sex in the back of his car. Unfortunately, Marcus lashes out at Sasha shortly afterwards and the pair stop being friends. Sasha eventually moves away from their hometown of San Francisco and they never see each other again.

LOL. That would be a short review, wouldn’t it?

As with any great Rom Com, that is so not the end of it. In 2019, Sasha is a celebrity chef, engaged to world-renowned restaurateur Brandon Choi (Daniel Dae Kim). Things are all looking groovy until Brandon suggests a separation in the lead up to the wedding. He believes this will help them really appreciate one another and be sure they’re doing the right thing (SURE, BRANDON).

The ‘break’ coincides with Sasha’s return to the Bay Area to oversee the opening of a new restaurant. With assistant/pal Veronica (Michelle Buteau) in tow, Sasha returns to her old stomping ground and would you believe it? By chance meets Marcus and his father again. Marcus has never left San Fran, instead opting to stay on as his widowed father’s carer. The pair have a heat and air business – and Marcus is also the front-man of a very good but not very successful band on the side – Hello Peril.

Little by little the friendship flourishes again and Sasha also joins the dating pool, after dumping Brandon Choi once and for all. Marcus has a girlfriend called Jenny (the brilliant Vivian Bang) who his friends don’t particularly like – and no-one is more dubious about Jenny than Harry (James Saito), Marcus’ sexy dad – and all because of Sasha Tran. Pa has clocked his son’s true feelings, even before Marcus has.

*Bit of a bigger spoiler here*

Unfortunately, Marcus has to get past one Keanu Reeves before he can get into Sasha’s heart.

NB: It occurs to me only this morning that maybe I should have been a bit more discreet about this surprise appearance, especially since it’s absolutely the highlight. So I’ve added extra spoiler warnings.

Sasha and Neo are enjoying a steamy fling – and let me just assure you that this whole section is magic. As KR reveals himself to be wonderfully kooky and a bit of a douche, Marcus’ true feelings become more obvious. Will the most bizarre double date in cinematic history (probably) result in something really good?

Well of course it will.

But you didn’t think it would be that easy, did you? Marcus doesn’t naturally fit into the same circles as Sasha and when she has to return home to NYC, he’s not keen to follow. He doesn’t like the work events he’s required to attend, he doesn’t like holding Sasha’s clutch bag and he sure as shit doesn’t like being referred to as an ‘ordinary guy’. This leads to fights and ultimately, the pair part ways again.

Will this prompt Marcus to really examine his life choices? Will losing Sasha be the push he needs to take more chances with his art, accept that his father doesn’t really need a carer and take a giant leap of faith for once in his life? We’ll see. But yes.

Again, this film is formulaic but it has a lot more heart that 80% of romantic comedies and the more I watch the more I like it. Both leads are likable but not too saccharine and you can totally buy them as a couple. The supporting characters, including Sasha’s parents, Marcus’ dad and band mates – and dread-locked Jenny are so much fun. Jenny is a real highlight in the Keanu scenes as her reactions are all of us.

Again, I love all the little nods to Asian tradition and authenticity, and there’s a gorgeously touching tribute made to Mrs Kim right at the very end that gave me a lump in my throat.

I recommend this movie stat if you have a free Saturday afternoon. There are worse ways to spend 1 hour 42. Oh and also, did I mention Keanu?

Film details:

Always Be My Maybe
Year: 2019
Director: Nahnatchka Khan
IMDB Rating: 6.9/10
My Rating: 3.5/5 – 100/5 for Keanu

What does Wifey think of this week’s pick? Would she leave in alone in Burger King never to speak to it again – or hold its bag forever? Find out here.

Cool Breeze Over the Mountains: Keanu’s Year

Keanu was my first love. Honestly, when I first clapped eyes on his sultry good looks, he stirred something in me that wasn’t completely innocent or holy – he made me curious about the opposite sex. Parenthood was my jam in particular and when I think about it even now, I get a little tingle.

I haven’t stopped loving him since and if we’re honest, this post is just one giant thirst trap. I’m using Keanu’s amazing 2019 as an excuse to post pictures of him and I’m not even going to deny it. It has been quite the year though so I thought I’d look at all the reasons Mr Reeves in still, and always with be, The One.


Not All Men Keanu

I don’t think men should be congratulated for doing bare minimum (not being perverts, etc) but in this climate, the actual good guys do stand out. While I don’t know Keanu personally (more’s the pity), I believe he’s a good person.

Recent photographs of him standing respectfully next to female co-stars (including Dolly Parton) and fans alike, keeping his hands strategically off their bodies has done nothing but reinforce this.

Horsin’ Around Keanu

Uh, John Wick 3 was fun AF but Keanu riding a horse through the streets of NYC, while fighting off the bad guys? HELLO. To be that saddle, amiright?!

A word about the John Wick franchise. I love the physicality of the role and it’s perfect for our boy, who’s notoriously method when it comes to his action parts. Even as an older gentleman, K uses his body to its fullest and I might have to stop typing this and have a little lie down for a moment.

But seriously, John Wick is a highly nuanced character and not just emotionally. Our hero kicks serious butt but he also suffers, looks knackered and in need of a damn good bubble bath after every fight – and I respect that.

This GQ Shoot Keanu

Sir Reeves was GQ’s May cover star and oh boy does he work it. No, I haven’t read The Legend of Keanu Reeves article that accompanies the set but I will. I definitely will.

*Sigh*

Always Be My Maybe Keanu

The man who embraces his mediocre nothingness shines greater than any. ~ Keanu Reeves as Keanu Reeves

The man himself plays Ali Wong‘s fling in this lovely romantic comedy and he’s brilliant. Sending himself up as the ultimate Hollywood douche, his scenes shine bright like a diamond in an already sparkling film. Sure, I’m biased so what?

The restaurant segment is wonderful as he and love rival Marcus Kim (Randall Park) vie for Sasha Tran’s (Wong) attention.

Destination Wedding Keanu

The story of two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, Lindsay and Frank, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves.

I feel like this movie has been out forever in the US but hasn’t even opened in our theaters yet. It’s coming in the Summer I think. Either way, I’m waiting patiently for this Winona Ryder/KR pairing. It will be amazing regardless of whether it’s actually good or not.

Also, Keanu: “Unpleasant”, is that even possible?

Cyberpunk Keanu

I’m not a gamer at all so I genuinely don’t give a fuck about the game itself – however: a moment for this look. Rocking Bucky Barnes chic, CGI Reeves is just as beautiful as the real thing. If Glynn buys and plays Cyberpunk 2077 then maybe I’ll hang around to watch a little bit.

Be My Toy, Keanu

KR voices Canadian stuntman toy Duke Caboom in this month’s Toy Story 4 and I can’t wait. We’ve heard his dulcet tones voicing several animated characters over the years but I think he’ll be a magical addition to the Pixar universe.

“YOU’RE BREATHTAKING!” Keanu

During a Cyberpunk 2077 appearance, in response to a heckler screaming “You’re breathtaking!”, Reeves threw back the compliment, adding “You’re all breathtaking” to the audience. Is he the most perfect human being on this planet? By that token, is he even human? All I know is that we must protect him at all costs.

And finally…

Bill & Ted Face the Music Keanu

Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.

B & T are back to save the universe once more and they’ve never looked better. I love the idea of these Californian slackers being grown-ups but still essentially the same characters. If I’m honest I know little else about the premise and that’s okay. Roll on 2020.


It doesn’t seem as though the Keanussance is going to let up any time soon and teenage me would be so stoked about it.

Who knew my fantasy man would get better with every passing year?

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum

Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin’s guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head – he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

Keanu ReevesHalle BerryIan McShane

Johnny is back and he’s on a strict deadline, to get underground before he’s officially considered ‘excommunicado’ and therefore fair game to any assassin lucky enough to get to him first. With a $14 mill bounty on his pretty head, he’s a hot commodity – with one catch – he’s motherfucking John Wick. You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?

Set less than 30 minutes after the end of John Wick 2, our hero needs to get to The Director in order to secure safe passage out of NYC, to Casablanca, Morocco. The Director (Anjelica Huston) is a mysterious woman from John’s past who really shouldn’t be helping him according to the High Table but whatcha gonna do? She allows him to cash in one last favour and it’s the one he wanted.

Meanwhile, The Adjudicator (Asia Kate Dillon) – a High Table employee – is kicking arse and taking names around the Big Apple, admonishing those who have helped JW.

Both Winston (McShane) and Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) are in the dog house for (respectively) giving John a head start to escape and helping him kill Santino D’Antonio (the crime lord he murdered on Continental ground, against strict High Table rule). They’re given seven days to give up their positions or face serious consequences.

John finds his way to Morocco and calls in on old friend Sofia (Berry), who reluctantly helps him get to The Elder (Saïd Taghmaoui) for help. When The Elder makes it clear the price JW will have to pay for forgiveness it’s almost too much – isn’t it?

What will our boy do?

Ung. This film is pant-wettingly exciting and closes off the first trilogy beautifully, while leaving it wide open for the next instalment. I couldn’t be more chuffed with the stunningly choreographed action sequences and the exploration of JW’s mythology. And despite the intricate world-building, there’s still so much we don’t know – like who doesn’t need way more from The Director and her tattooed ballerinas? Etc.?

There’s double-crossing and new allegiances, uber-violence and dogs. So many wonderful dogs. Not only Good Boy Dog but also Sofia’s incredible fighting dogs, who Halle Berry trained herself in addition to being a butt-kicking queen.

My only criticism, and it’s tiny, is that some of the fights going on just a fraction too long. But the set pieces, the performances and Keanu Reeves make up for everything. I think this might be my favourite in the series to date.

Bring on part 4.

Film details:

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
Year: 2019
Director: Chad Stahelski
IMDB Rating: 8.1/10
My Rating: 4.5/5

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