Streaming Spotlights: Four Weddings and a Funeral

Gloria Han, Maroon-News Staff

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) is an example of what the British do best: romantic comedies–emphasis on the comedy. Personally, the pairing of Andie MacDowell and Hugh Grant’s characters didn’t do it for me, but overall I enjoyed the sweetness, lapses in time, and humor. That’s why I decided to start Hulu’s new miniseries of the same name—that and because I’ll watch anything created by Mindy Kaling.

The series revolves around four American friends, three of which are living in London, the other in New York (who makes several trips to the UK). Each character is entangled in a web of messy relationships and romances, though incredibly successful career-wise. As we can only presume, throughout the course of the 10 episodes, there will be five ceremonial events that take place. The first episode ends with a wedding.

The charming cast is diverse and representative, the dialogue is often witty, and overall the storyline appears well-developed. That being said, I’ve only seen the first two episodes; how it progresses after that remains to be seen. I did cringe at some of the cliche situations, and the references to Mamma Mia feel forced and unnecessary. Pop culture allusions can really be a hit or miss. Ultimately the likeable, relatable characters will win you over, and especially the friendships at the center of the series. Also, surprise, for those of you who watched Sonny with a Chance as a preteen, Brandon Mychal Smith is all grown up and leading man material! Overall, I for one am intrigued, and definitely going to continue onto the following episodes. See for yourself and whether you agree—all you need is Hulu, which I know everyone with a student Spotify premium account has.