I wasn't exactly sure what to expect of "Table 19". I thought that the trailers were funny, but not hilarious, and the reviews weren't good at all. Still, I decided to give it a try and it was ultimately worth my while.
The film, while not bad, is relatively uneven, both in terms of execution and writing. The plot of the film overall is predictable, cheesy, and formulaic, but part of this may be that the trailers revealed a bit too much. There is a lot of overuse of expository dialogue. Still, the characters are rather charming and the humor is pretty funny. The humor isn't particularly insightful or excessively intelligent, but a lot of the jokes make you laugh or smile. The characters are likable (for the most part) and relatable, and I found a bit of myself in each one. The actors all do well in their roles, being quite funny. Stephen Merchant and Tony Revolori were my personal favorites. The execution isn't top notch, but it isn't horrible either. The cinematography isn't nauseating or anything and does a few cool things with rack focus, but there are a few times when they break the 180° rule.
So overall, "Table 19" definitely isn't great. It's a somewhat run-of-the-mill romantic comedy, but still, it made me laugh a lot, and the characters are surprisingly well-developed for an ensemble film. I may be being just a bit generous with this film, but I am grading it for what it is.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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