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Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Director: Donald Rice

Cast: Felicity Jones, Luke Treadaway, Elizabeth McGovern

As the preparations for her lavish country wedding get underway, young bride-to-be Dolly Thatcham (Felicity Jones) reunites with her former lover Joseph (Luke Treadaway), and begins to have second thoughts about her impending nuptials. England, 1932: Dolly's family has assembled at a sprawling country


As the preparations for her lavish country wedding get underway, young bride-to-be Dolly Thatcham (Felicity Jones) reunites with her former lover Joseph (Luke Treadaway), and begins to have second thoughts about her impending nuptials. England, 1932: Dolly's family has assembled at a sprawling country manor to see her tie the knot when Joseph shows up unexpectedly. The previous summer, Joseph and Dolly experienced rapture in one another's arms, and as the hour of her wedding approaches, old passions are reignited. Meanwhile, Dolly's mother (Elizabeth McGovern) remains determined to ensure that the ceremony transpires without incident. As the temptation to run away with Joseph grows, Dolly must choose between a stable future with her devoted fiancé or a life less ordinary with the man who swept her off her feet.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Arriving at a time when Downton Abbey has made the love lives of proper British citizens popular once again, Donald Rice's adaptation of Julia Strachey's 1932 novel Cheerful Weather for the Wedding certainly feels like it's being released at a most advantageous moment, but in truth its tale of young love and family drama is timeless. As Dolly Thatcham (Felicity Jones) prepares to wed Owen (James Norton), her friends and distant family arrive at her parents' gorgeous country estate in order to get ready for the blessed day. However, among the revelers is Joseph (Luke Treadaway), a friend of the family who has always loved Dolly. The bride has invited him to the event over the obvious objections of her stressed-out, imperious mother (Elizabeth McGovern). While we see this gaggle of people interact in often humorous ways, we're treated to some well-crafted turns of phrase from Rice and co-screenwriter Mary Henely Magill, the kind of upper-class insults and musings that at their best recall Oscar Wilde: When one guest says he's "fond" of a particular person, his sarcastic wife intones, "Fond. A word we use for those we cannot love." As incorrigible children light homemade firecrackers and everyone keeps an eye out for the missing wedding rings, Joseph simmers with regret, anger, and longing; his torment is further tweaked by Dolly's constant mixed messages about her feelings towards both him and her fiancé. When their passion finally finds a chance to boil over, these two young people must decide between what's best for them and what's expected of them. The ensemble cast are quite good here. Even characters who only have a few lines make enough of an impression that we get to know the dozen or so people running around the estate, and many of the actors do much more than that. Ellie Kendrick plays Dolly's younger sister Kitty, who's caught right at the point when she can't wait to grow up, but can't yet understand how difficult life can be; McGovern makes for a memorably icy, controlling matriarch; and Fenella Woolgar steals scene after scene as a seemingly brittle and unhappily married woman who may harbor the most sympathy for the star-crossed lead characters. However, if the movie belongs to anybody it's Treadaway, who manages to make romantic longing and heartbreak -- half masked by proper manners and a quick wit -- so endearing. As solid as the entire production is, it doesn't transcend the genre; it's just a rock-solid example of it. There's nothing unfamiliar about the story, which in many ways seems like lesser Jane Austen, but for those who enjoy weddings -- especially when they come with scandal, family intrigue, and a chance at true love -- Cheerful Weather will easily hold you over until the next time the chapel bells ring.

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Special Features

Behind the scenes; Commentary; Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Felicity Jones Dolly Thatcham
Luke Treadaway Joseph
Elizabeth McGovern Mrs. Thatcham
Mackenzie Crook David Dakin
Fenella Woolgar Nancy Dakin
Zoe Tapper Evelyn Graham
Julian Wadham Uncle Bob
Sophie Stanton Millman
Olly Alexander Tom
Ellie Kendrick Kitty Thatcham
Paola Dionisotti Mrs. Whitstable
James Norton Owen Bigham
Luke Ward-Wilkinson Robert
Barbara Flynn Aunt Bella
John Standing Horace Spigott
Eva Traynor Annie
Elizzabeth Webster Betty
Kenneth Collard Whitstable
Ben Greaves-Neal Jimmy Dakin
Joanna Hole Miss Spoon
Camilla Corbett Alice
Oliver Gilbert George
Emil Lager Aunt Bella's Chauffeur
Melanie Gray Pretty Woman
Edward Saxby Tony Bigham
Jonathan Saxby Tiger Bigham
Jim Conway Photographer
John MacDonald Piper
Michael Price Conductor

Technical Credits
Donald Rice Director,Screenwriter
Christine Allsopp Makeup
Alexandra Arlango Associate Producer
Camille Benda Costumes/Costume Designer
Buffy Hall Casting
Stephen Haren Editor
Teun Hilte Producer
Anna Lavelle Production Designer
John Lee Cinematographer
Katie Lee Makeup
John Lee Cinematographer
Mary Henely Magill Screenwriter
Michael Price Score Composer
Laura Schalker Makeup
Karen Teitge Makeup
Jason Troughton Special Effects Supervisor
Magi Vaughan Makeup
Anthony Weeden Musical Arrangement
Sarah White Asst. Director
Vicky Wildman Casting

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
1. Opening Credits [7:49]
2. Not Ready [9:59]
3. Something Useful [7:17]
4. Men in Uniform [6:44]
5. Innocent People [6:56]
6. All About Feet [8:07]
7. Mother's Scarf [8:13]
8. Circumstances Intervened [10:45]
9. Allowed to Drink [4:29]
10. Perfect Couple [10:54]
11. Very Delicious [7:34]
12. Ending Credits [3:26]


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