Marry me – Fly Me to the Moon review

Fly Me To The Moon

By Jess Lomas
October 29, 2013

The French do several things consistently better than others, namely bread and romantic comedies. Director Pascal Chaumeil’s Fly Me to the Moon may pale in comparison to his previous film, Heartbreaker, however, it still delivers that warm, feel-good sensation and plenty of laughs.

Opening on a Christmas dinner party, one guest is reeling over her divorce from six months ago, prompting the host, Corinne (Alice Pol) to relay the story of her family’s burden: “Marriages only work out the second time around.” This is true of all the females in her family except for one, Corinne’s sister Isabelle (Diane Kruger), who dared to try and beat the curse when she met Mister Right, Pierre (Robert Plagnol).

Fly Me To The Moon

Setting out to secretly get married and divorced before walking down the aisle with Pierre, Isabelle flies to Copenhagen for a pre-arranged “quickie” marriage to a stranger. When the plan fails, Isabelle is so desperate to go through with it that she sets her target on fellow traveller Jean-Yves (Dany Boon), a man who could not be more wrong for her. Following him to Kenya and later Russia, Isabelle will stop at nothing to get her man and dream marriage until she begins to question what and who she really wants.

There’s questionable chemistry between the two leads here, and with an obvious age difference between Kruger and Boon at times we just don’t feel any spark between them. As the movie progresses, we eventually begin to root more for Jean-Yves thanks to Boon’s performance, and as he pines for Isabelle, so too do we.

Fly Me To The Moon

The narrative framework of the story being told at the dinner party is a little old-hat, and as it continually breaks away from the action to capture the dinner guests’ reactions, one wishes screenwriters Laurent Zeitoun and Yoann Gromb had been somewhat more creative. All can be forgiven though, due to the inclusion of the delightfully over-the-top dentist room scene where Isabelle injects Jean-Yves multiple times with anaesthetic. It’s silly – and perhaps a cheap gag – yet Boon sells the scene and we come out loving his character more.

French romantic comedies don’t seem content to tell a simple story grounded in real life. They excel at pushing the high-concept, fairytale side of love. Fly Me to the Moon is no exception. It’s uneven but highly enjoyable and certainly ripe for an American remake.

3.5/5

Fly Me to the Moon arrives in Australian cinemas October 31, 2013.

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