Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The Decoy Bride

A Movie Review by Magdalen Aithne Arkwright

Katie is a lonely Scottish girl from a remote Scottish island.  After a disastrous relationship, she returns home to her terminally ill mother and to her job as a shop assistant.  The Laird of the island, anxious to keep Katie at home, gives her something constructive to do: a guidebook to Hegg.  Although the thought that anyone would want a guidebook to Hegg sounds ridiculous to Katie, she sets out to write one.  Unbeknownst to her, a "marketing group" is heading for Hegg and it'll turn out to be just the publicity her guidebook will need–

For these marketing people are actually a secret wedding party for a private wedding between the most desirable American actress and James, an author famous for his book The Onithologist's Wife.  Running from the press, this couple picked the most remote place they could think of, but the press has still found them!  The bride runs to hide, and her agent has no alternative but to go ahead with the wedding without her – with Katie as stand in.  The press can get their pictures and then the real wedding can proceed as planned.  But at the end of the day, that leaves Katie and the author married to each other!

When James finds out, he and Katie set out across the island to search for the missing bride, get divorced, and set things right again.  Katie almost drowns, James meets an elderly couple who are both deaf, and the bride meets someone who inspires her to make a difference.  In the end, everyone gets what they want.  The bride and groom finally find each other; Katie's mom gets to travel the world before her death; and Katie's off to write sequels to her bestselling guidebook.  James even finishes his second novel and dedicates it to his wife.  But perhaps things aren't as simple as they seem.

In the end, this movie, starring Kelly MacDonald and David Tennant, is a fabulous little film about the affairs of the heart, and shows that ordinary people don't have to be ordinary.  Although, as many have said, it's not a movie to win awards, but it is good for a rainy day.  The plot is fleshed out enough so that it is not boring, but it is not complex.  It tells a simple story in a very straightforward manner.  I will definitely watch this again in the future.

Rating: A
Points: 9/10
(I have found this movie on YouTube – you could search there if you don't have Netflix.)


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