Movie of the Week: “First Man”
On the eve of Valentine’s Day on February 10, the musical melodrama "First Man I met" was released worldwide. The film stars Jennifer Lopez, Maluma and Owen Wilson. The plot of the melodrama is based on the graphic novel Marry Me by Bobby Crosby, published on the Web. By the way, the original title of the film is also "Marry Me", which translates to "Marry Me". The film is directed by Kat Coiro, who viewers may remember from her work on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Modern Family, and Shameless.
However, in fairness it should be noted that the majority of the audience went to the "First Man" for the unsurpassed Jennifer Lopez in the title role. In the new romantic melodrama, she practically plays herself. Her heroine is the mega-popular pop singer Kat Valdez. Kat’s chosen one is also the popular singer Bastian, whose role was played by the sexy Colombian singer Maluma. The on-screen couple is about to get married. They decide to do it snobbishly live during Kat’s concert. According to their idea, this will attract the attention of tens of thousands of viewers to them. For Kat, this marriage is not the first. But, despite past failures, the pop diva is desperately looking for true love. Actually, she does not need a magnificent public wedding for this. But her fiancé insists on resonance, and Valdez gives in to his request.
And here comes the climax of the concert, behind the scenes Kat is already in an unimaginably beautiful wedding dress. Literally a minute before her appearance on the stage from social networks, she learns about Bastian’s betrayal. In desperation, the artist nevertheless rises to the stage, but instead of marrying Bastion, she publicly announces a break with him. On emotions, Kat decides not to cancel the ceremony, which the audience is waiting for, and agrees to marry the first person she meets. It turns out to be a school math teacher and single father Charlie Gilbert (Owen Wilson’s character) who accidentally got to a celebrity concert. As you understand, this is only the beginning, the most interesting thing is everything that will come out of this sudden impulsive marriage.
In the 112-minute runtime of the melodrama "For the First Man You Meet" you will, in fact, find the story of Cinderella in a modern way. Only in the role of Cinderella is now not a messy girl, but a simple school math teacher. The prince in this case is Kat Valdez, whose radiant bohemian life is now open to Gilbert.
What can you say about the movie without explicit spoilers? It is definitely about love! At the same time, the age limit of the film is confident 12+. The tape even has a teenage storyline.
And “For the first comer" is a parade of elegant everyday and bright stage images of the heroine J. Lo. And the main one is, of course, wedding. About the wedding dress, in which Valdez takes the stage at the beginning of the film, more than one article has been written in a fashion magazine. It was created by fashion designer Zuhair Murad. Due to the fact that a lot of stones, embroidery, lace and 9 (!) Layers of fabric were used to decorate the dress, the weight of the dress was 43 kilograms. Not surprisingly, in the frame in it, Jennifer Lopez is almost always motionless. Rumor has it that just to dress up in a masterpiece from Zuhair Murad, the singer needed five assistants.
Against the backdrop of the high-class work of the costumers, one can even forgive "Marry Me" for obvious blunders with Valdez’s hair. So, in one frame she appears with a shortened caret, and in the next – with an elongated cascade. And this is repeated several times. As a result, it seems that the film was shot with a large gap in time, and then glued together at random.
Separately, I want to say about the music in the film. The title track "Marry me" and the song "On My Way" were hits even before the film’s premiere, which in itself is a good prerequisite for a future Oscar nomination in the Best Original Song category. To be honest, with the film’s modest $14 million budget, the whole melodrama feels like a kind of promotion for the song and album of the same name.
Many will call the film unpretentious, predictable and naive. Notice what will be called after going to the cinema to the "first comer". But, we are sure, its creators conceived it as an ideal, non-binding option for going to the cinema on February 14th.
Jennifer Lopez herself came to the premiere in Los Angeles. She came, of course, not alone, but with her beloved Ben Affleck. Journalists even ventured to call "Marry Me" a kind of rehearsal for the real wedding of this popular couple. For the premiere of her new work in the cinema, Jennifer chose a wedding dress from the Giambattista Valli collection and shiny pom-pom shoes. I would like to wish this beautiful couple happiness, and our readers – a pleasant viewing of "The First Man You Meet"!