Daniel O'Sullivan | 10/05/2020
Though it has a relatively solid script and a refreshingly unique plot at its core, Batsh*t Bride unfortunately buckles under the weight of some inconsistent acting and clunky pacing.
All Heather Papadopoulos ever dreamed of is having a perfect wedding like that of her late mother, and she decides to use her talents as an event organiser to do so. But after being accused of being too tightly wound and unable to let loose by her friends, Heather decides to pull an April Fools Day prank on her fiancée to prove them wrong. After telling her soon-to-be husband that she believes they’ve lost their spark and should break up, Heather is shocked to find that he feels the exact same way.
Offering up a promising concept for a comedy, Batsh*t Bride takes the audience on an outlandish ride through the life of a Type-A Bridezilla that provided some fairly humorous moments, though these never quite make for more than a brief chuckle. There is real potential for some great running gags and unique jokes relating to the concept, but the comedy on display here rarely ventures further than the easy situational gags and this makes the film feel like a continuous run of one-and-done jokes. Combined with some uneven pacing that never quite finds its rhythm, it is easy to feel let down by the missed opportunities that the premise provides.
In terms of acting, Meghan Falcone leads the charge as the tightly wound bride-to-be and does a fairly serviceable job at carrying the film, as she portrays the eccentric and overbearing role in a fun and engaging way. The troubled groom, played by Josh Covitt, is also a welcome addition to the cast and plays the stark contrast to his fiancée extremely well. However, the supporting cast can be somewhat hit or miss. The stereotypical bridesmaids would be a prime example of a miss, as they seldom move past more than a shallow silhouette of their characters. On the other hand, Patrick Collins’ portrayal of the supportive father is equal parts charming and endearing to watch.
Lastly, the films appearance is also problematic. Despite using mostly beautiful sets with little variation, the lack of any real finesse or unique style in the cinematography is another unfortunate letdown that causes the film to flounder in a decidedly stale air of cheapness.
Never quite realising the true potential of its delightfully chaotic premise, Batsh*t Bride is unfortunately a disappointing watch that’s ultimately let down by its inconsistent performances and sub-par pacing.
Batsh*t Bride is now available on the following platforms: iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, Amazon, Vudu, Xbox, FandangoNOW, Hoopla, Sony PlayStation (via the PlayStation Video Application and the console), AT&T, DirecTV, Dish, iN DEMAND (Comcast, Spectrum), Vubiquity (Verizon Fios)