Nair, who, in this film as in so many others, aims for the beating heart of the predictable movie moment.
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When the groom's enormous procession fights its way through the hard rain and muck to the bejeweled bride, Nair's chaos downright sparkles.
Fans of Robert Altman's hit "Gosford Park" will find similar pleasures here: colorful characters, multiple story lines, and clever blends of comedy and drama.
The film's bountiful warmth and gusto do their work. By the end, we feel part of the family, too.
Pulsates with music, dance, color and laughter, but also glows with quiet moments of drama.
An air-conditioned bus tour of Punjabi ritual. Nair stuffs the film with dancing, henna, ornamentation, and group song, but her narrative clichés and telegraphed episodes smell of old soap opera.
Delighted me like few films I've seen recently. It's a sexy, sweet, sumptuously entertaining movie about the huge and wildly eventful wedding reception.
The old-world-meets-new mesh is incarnated in the movie's soundtrack, a joyful effusion of disco Bollywood that, by the end of Monsoon Wedding, sent my spirit soaring out of the theater.
Eminently disposable, but that's its charm. It stays with you just long enough to make you smile.
One of those joyous films that leaps over national boundaries and celebrates universal human nature.