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Film Review: Isn’t It Romanic (2019)

Isn’t It Romantic (2019) is a fantasy rom-com that takes a twist on the regular format of the genre. Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, this film stars Rebel Wilson, Adam Devine, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas and Liam Hemsworth. Natalie (Wilson) is so disinterested in love and her life that she somehow finds herself in the centre of a fantasy where she is the centre of a rom-com film, leaving her wondering what she needs to do to escape.

Isn’t It Romantic (2019) – source: Netflix

It is very clear that there is a simple premise when it comes to most rom-coms, and I liked how this film not only explored a lot of the cliches but also poked fun at them. If a lot of the rom-com aspects were to happen in real life, it would be cheesy and out of place like the lead character feels. This presentation is one that I also enjoy, as it allows for some commentary on the genre and how to change it up and make it feel fresh.

There are two main aspects to this film, as the genre suggests. The first one is romance, and I bought all of the romantic moments in here quite well. I will not give away the main relationship that builds in this film due to spoilers, but I enjoyed seeing the development of it both in the fantasy world and the real world. The fantasy pairings are a lot of fun and there are some running gags that work brilliantly here due to the strength of the relationships and world development.

The other main aspect of the film is comedy and I was surprised by how much I actually found myself chuckling at the film. As a film fan, this aspect works because a lot of the jokes are about the stereotypical features in films. There is one particular joke about sex that is so well done and reinforces the rom-com world that Natalie has found herself in. I never found any of the jokes to go on for too long and I appreciate that, as a lot of comedy films seem to overdo a joke nowadays.

Isn’t It Romantic (2019) – source: Netflix

This film might be trying to comment on how cringe and cliche the rom-com tropes can be, but this film still does it in a way that feels cheesy and overly-cheerful. I understand why, as it is going for a certain demographic, but I wish it didn’t perhaps go as far as it did with the tone. The ending is so predictable, the story is still following the cliched plot that most rom-coms go for and there will be people that are put off by how sickly sweet this film comes off as. If you’re into it, you will definitely enjoy this film though.

There is nothing that particularly stands out for this film in terms of pure quality, rather than just serving as a piece of entertainment on Netflix. There are no real shining performances here as everyone just fits into their role well, in fact the only person I would say that does a fully great job here in the comedic role is Liam Hemsworth. There is nothing particularly special in the cinematography, editing or production, everything just seems to work as it is. It works for a film of this level and the fact that it is on Netflix, but it is worth bringing up anyway.

The sequences that did annoy me, however, are the musical sequences which come up several times. These sequences feel like complete filler moments that add nothing to the narrative or the development of characters or the world. I found them to be quite badly done as I didn’t particularly like the performances or the music itself, and I think the film may have benefitted with taking a huge majority of the musical sequences out of it.

Isn’t It Romantic (2019) – source: Netflix

Is this the best piece of filmmaking this year? No, it’s clearly not. However, if you are in the mood for something that is a lot of fun and you just need a film that you can watch with your mates and have a few drinks with, this is a good choice. Available on Netflix, it works well as a piece of entertainment on there to stick on and chill out with, and I would recommend giving this a go if you have not seen it already.


Have you seen Isn’t It Romantic yet? Did it work for you, or did it fall into too many cliches for yourself? Let me know in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.

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