My wife has had a crush on David Tennant ever since she saw him starring in Doctor Who. And, as a result of that, she and I recently ended up watching one of his movies, “The Decoy Bride.”
When we first decided to watch this movie, I wasn’t really sure if I would like it. After all, it is a romantic comedy and, with very few exceptions, they are all pretty much the same. And, to be perfectly honest, this movie didn’t do much to change my opinion of that. However, as it turns out, it didn’t matter because I found I enjoyed this movie anyway.
Tennant stars as a writer who is set to marry Hollywood star Lara Tyler (Alice Eve) who, through a series of events meant to avoid having the paparazzi ruin their wedding, winds up on the (fictional) Scottish island of Hegg and accidentally married to a local woman, Katie (Kelly Macdonald), who was filling in as a “decoy” at his wedding.
As far as the overall plot goes, this movie is as predictable as pretty much every other romantic comedy out there. And, despite some halfway decent attempts to fool the audience, it wasn’t really that hard to figure out which woman Tennant would ultimately end up with.
What really surprised me about this movie though was how much depth each of the characters had. Usually, in movies like this, the characters are one-dimensional. But, that wasn’t the case this time around. Tennant’s character, for example, was anything but perfect and we learn early on that he wrote his book about Hegg without even visiting the island.
Even more important, in my opinion, was how they treated the Lara Tyler character. Most other movies would have made her an obviously wrong choice. But, other than being a bit eccentric and sometimes clueless, was actually pretty likeable too. So, the idea that Tennant’s character would ultimately end up marrying her anyway wasn’t that hard to believe.
Probably the only character I didn’t like in this movie was Katie’s mom (Maureen Beattie). She was likeable too. But, having a dying mother character did put a bit too much of a depressing spin on what was otherwise a surprisingly funny movie.
As I said before, I didn’t have high expectations when we started watching this film. But, overall, I have to say it didn’t disappoint us and is one of the rare romantic comedies I would recommend.
My Grade: B