Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on kiwireviews.nz : Monday 10th August 2020 - 12:19:22

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Movies > Romantic > Top End Wedding review

« The Kitchen reviewThe KitchenUs reviewUs »

Score: 8.0/10  [1 review]
3 out of 5
ProdID: 8404 - Top End Wedding
Directed by Wayne Blair

Top End Wedding
Sample/s Supplied by:
Click to search for all products supplied by Universal Pictures NZ

Disclosure StatementFULL DISCLOSURE: A number of units of this product have, at some time, been supplied to KIWIreviews by the company for the purposes of unbiased, independent reviews. No fee was accepted by KIWIreviews or the reviewers themselves - these are genuine, unpaid consumer reviews.
in selected retailers August 2019

Top End Wedding product reviews

Engaged and in love Lauren and Ned have just 10 days to reunite her newly separated parents and pull off their dream Top End Wedding. But Lauren's mother has gone missing, experiencing a midlife crisis. In order to find her, the couple goes on a fantastic road trip across northern Australia. Along the way, they find fulfilment for their own personal journeys through the wild beauty of the landscapes and the unbeatable charm of the characters that they meet along the way. But will they finally recover Lauren's mother and pursue their dream wedding?

Check out Universal Pictures NZ onlineClick here to see all the listings for Universal Pictures NZ Visit their website They do not have a Twitter account Check them out on Facebook They do not have a YouTube Channel They do not have a Pinterest board They do not have an Instagram channel

elaine crombie   gwilym lee   huw higginson   josh mcconville   julian garner   kerry fox   matt crook   miranda tapsell   rob collins   shari sebbens   taylor wiese   tessa rose   top end wedding   tracy mann   travis jeffery   ursula yovich
Other listings you may be interested in:
Rating: 7.4
Kiki's Delivery ServiceKiki's Delivery Service
Rating: 9.1
Mission: Impossible - Ghost ProtocolMission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Rating: 7.1
Jack the Giant SlayerJack the Giant Slayer
Rating: 8.3
Hot FuzzHot Fuzz
Rating: 9.0
Muppet Treasure IslandMuppet Treasure Island
Rating: 7.8
A Million Ways to Die in the WestA Million Ways to Die in the West
Rating: 1.8
San Andreas QuakeSan Andreas Quake
Rating: 1.8
Ex MachinaEx Machina
Rating: 9.0
Rating: 9.5
Earth: One Amazing DayEarth: One Amazing Day
Rating: 8.5
Creed IICreed II
Rating: 9.0
Pet Sematary (2019)Pet Sematary (2019)
Rating: 8.5

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of alexmoulton

Review by: alexmoulton (Alex)
Dated: 20th of August, 2019

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 8.0/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 7 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 8 out of 10
Score 8 out of 10
'Warm Fuzzy' factor:
Score 9 out of 10

Think about every single wedding movie you have ever seen. They all follow the exact same storyline. After the first ten minutes, you know every single plot point that will come; where it will go, who will be involved, what the "breaking point will be", how the characters will be redeemed. The whole idea feels incredibly generic and lazy. It's as if the screenplay writers just took an existing film and changed the names, locations, and ethnicities. Perhaps that is just how restrictive the premise of a wedding is, but it means the film really needs to have great comedy, emotional depth, and authentic chemistry between the characters to have a successful film.

The comedy works best when it is more emotionally based or subtle. There is a recurring event around the bride-to-be's father and the 1976 classic by Chicago, If You Leave Me Now, that is initially awkward but becomes a brilliantly executed running gag that has the audience guessing when or what will trigger it again. On the other side of the spectrum, much of the comedic elements that Qwilym Lee tries to add to the mix feels disingenuous and out-of-character. Luckily his attempts at humour fall flat and are quickly abandoned early in the film's runtime.

Was there good chemistry between our two main protagonists? That is actually quite debatable. The film doesn't spend much time setting up their relationship early on, and for the remainder of the film they do come across as incompatible as that is meant to mirror the side arc of the movie. There are, however, some really endearing moments on occasion, which do feel reasonably authentic.

There is definitely good emotional depth to the film, and it all comes from the parents of the main couple. Huw Higginson and Ursula Yovich provide the emotional maturity that anchors the film, drives the narrative, and keeps you engaged. Higginson is surprisingly the standout performance. A source of comedy, emotion, and a down-to-earth realism that really builds sympathy (his love for Die Hard is very easy to empathise with). Without Higginson, Top End Wedding would fall flat. Luckily, that is not the case.

The film does have a couple of other stand-out aspects that bring the film into its own. Firstly, is its gorgeous cinematography. Similarly to the Australian film Rogue, Top End Wedding makes use of the spectacular Northern Territory landscapes to wow the viewer (especially the Katherine Gorge). Secondly, is its inclusion of indigenous culture with the Aboriginal community of the Tiwi Islands. It was nice to include a closer look at the traditions and customs around the marriage ceremonies in the aboriginal culture. There was also a clearly LGBT indigenous character, who got the spotlight for a moment, even though it had little sway on the story.

Gorgeous cinematography, the inclusion of indigenous cultures, and some great emotional character development from the parents are what make this--otherwise generic and formulaic wedding movie--work. Almost framed as a mystery whodunnit film, Top End Wedding has enough going on to keep you invested.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Movies'...

Score: 9.1
Product reviews for listing 5594: What We Do in the Shadows  -  Directed by Taika Waititi , Jemaine Clement

Product image for What We Do in the Shadows Follow the lives of Viago (Taika Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) - three flatmates who are just trying to get by and overcome life's obstacles - like being immortal vampires who must feast on human blood.

Hundreds of years old, the vampires are finding that beyond sunlight catastrophes, hitting the main artery, and not being able to get a sense of their wardrobe without a reflection - modern society has them struggling with the mundane like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the Knock Out News Group. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of kiwireviews.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, on the premise that they have been submitted as the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it."

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream