A wedding banquet- Movie review: five year engagement (2012)

22:03:00 Karen Li 0 Comments

I heard on HK radio a lady being roasted alive by listeners because she had made a particular post on facebook. It was along the lines of "If you aren't going to contribute $500HK, don't bother attending the wedding banquet". People on the radio were voicing their disgust at such a statement saying that this person is rude and is only concerned with money. My thoughts after this review...

The five year engagement (2012)
Movie summary: The five year engagement follows the journey of a man and women as they become engaged to when they finally marry more than 5 years later. The movie shows how life may get in the way of wedding planning. And the couple finally discovers whats truly important in a wedding.

My thoughts: I didn't like it. The movie kept me entertained on the plane but it was long and dragged on. I knew they were going to get together and I wanted to scream- it's just a ceremony! But I was on a plane in the middle of the night and it was highly inappropriate to wake people up for that silly comment. It was a ridiculous plot and the actors were less than convincing.
Yet, as absurd as it sounds, a "wedding" (not talking about marriage here) is a big ordeal. As my friends are slowly pairing off I have noticed that massive amounts of effort, time and money that is required to make one single day "perfect". It is as if... as long as the wedding day goes well, they will live happily ever after.
And then we hear of this facebook debacle. Weddings are soooo expensive. Here in Australia, the average cost for the banquet far outweighs the gifts/money gifts people give. Who knew the per head cost of a 3 course meal is upwards of $100 a head? And that excludes little things, and the costs of little things add up. At the end of the day, the wedding ceremony is announcing to the world that a couple are married. And the banquet is a celebration. In accordance with Asian custom it is ideal for everyone to be invited. BUT you might end up sharing this meal with very very very distant relatives and having to fork out extra money to fund their meals. While I would one day like to share my happiness with as many people as possible, it really is a matter of personal choice: I believe the couple should be able to invite who they chose. The lady in the middle of this debate- I totally support her right of free speech. She can choose to invite whoever she wants.
We, as gentiles, as so fortunate. We were invited to the banquet even though we were not part of the chosen people. BUT we must first be chosen by Jesus to be guests.

Matthew 22

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.
13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

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