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WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? MOVIE REVIEW
Love, true love, is what brings us critics here today to talk about a movie about marriage. Marriage, that blessed arrangement, that dream within a dream. Director Shekhar Kapur and writer Jemima Khan present a romantic comedy that looks at the arrangement of marriage and asks What’s Love got to do with it. Zoe Stevenson (Lily James) is a single woman on the rise as a proclaimed documentarian film maker. Her childhood friend Kazim (Shazad Latif) feels it’s about time he settled down and takes a beautiful bride of his own. In doing so he will honour his Pakistani heritage and honour his Muslim faith. Kazim and his parents have set up an appointment with Mo the Matchmaker (Asim Chaudhry) to assist in the arrangement of marriage. Zoe, who is repulsed but intrigued by the process of assisted marriage, asks her friend Kazim to allow her to film it all in a documentary to which he reluctantly agrees. Throughout her artistic process she reflects on how love, commitment, romance, and happily ever after truly is in contrast with faith, culture, and parental pressures. Bradly, Melina, and Harmoni knit pick forget me nots and discuss Emma Thompson’s drunk mom cameo, throw out some relationship advice of their own, then discuss if the romance and the comedy gel in What’s Love got to do with it.
DIRECTED BY: Shekhar Kapur
STARRING: Lily James, Shazad Latif, Shabana Azmi, Emma Thompson, Sajal Aly, Oliver Chris, Asim Chaudhry, Jeff Mirza, Alice Orr-Ewing, Iman Boujelouah, Pakiza Baig, Sindhu Vee, Shahid Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)
Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
Harmoni Anderson (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Unstabletop Gaming)
Harmoni is a mermaid-haired, millennial, rum drinking, Section 31, Slytherin (who’s divorced J.K. Rowling) preschool/nursery teacher and multi genre geek who also loves all things film, tv, fashion, makeup, and an embarrassingly huge BTS stan. Like really embarrassing. As in, mention them and then sit back and watch the insanity. Harmoni likes being able to game and talk movies/TV with people that aren’t 3 feet tall or all that demanding of her. Plus she can curse at us and not get fired….so bonus!
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