My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has the perfect answer for you.
I had two movie choices this week. It was either Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice or My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 at the Empire Cinema.
My pick was spot-on, the latter provided much more than (what I hear) the giant comic hero franchise is serving. And it isn’t serving the island’s favourite pink mayonnaise for sure.
I am leaving Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice for a better day. Maybe when I’m in a perky enough mood to absorb a bit of disappointment.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, on the other hand, is perfect – in fact, I reckon it’s flawless in every aspect.
Remember its prequel ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ in 2002? It was a sleeper hit in the true sense of the word. Made with a budget of just $5 million, the movie grossed $368.7m worldwide.
The initial movie was about Toula (Nia Vardalos), who was 30 years old and still unmarried.
She worked at Dancing Zorba’s, the Greek restaurant owned by her parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan).
Toula fell in love with Ian Miller (John Corbett), a teacher who was everything Toula wanted, but not Greek. It took Toula more than just a try to convince her parents that Ian could be a perfect husband for her.
They eventually got married and six years later, they have a daughter, who was unfortunately muddled in ethical dilemmas.
The sequel is sillier and wittier. It convinces you to believe that Greeks really don’t change.
In My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Toula and husband Ian are bogged down in parenting and marriage issues.
While trying to deal with a rebellious teenage daughter who clashes with Greek traditions, they leave their marriage unattended. It loses the spark that ignited the romance between them in the first place.
And then Toula has her Greek family to deal with.
Her obsessed father Gus, who goes around trying to prove that he is a direct descendent of Alexandra the Great, finds out that his marriage with Maria is null and void because their marriage certificate was not signed by the priest.
Gus asks Maria to marry him again but the latter seeks a proper proposal which the stubborn old man declines.
Toula is now faced with a tougher task: to get her parents wedded again while saving her own marriage with Ian and their relationship with their daughter.
Vardalos has delivered another masterpiece both as the lead and the writer of the movie.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a good-hearted movie that has the power to make anyone fall in love with marriage, family and life – and maybe Greeks too.
The movie is beautiful beyond description, it’s about family, marriage and culture. It’s also about life and the obstacles that interrupt it and the desire to fight off those barriers to live happily ever after.
The whole cast does a splendid job in doing the script justice. The movie may seem like a sitcom but the variations in the characters provided by a pure message, makes it a great to watch.
The best thing about My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is the humour. It’s clean and funny.
It’s good to have a decent laugh after a hard day’s work. As they say, laughter is the best medicine.
Go and have some. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is serving them well.