Ticket To Paradise

Ticket To Paradise
Original title:Ticket To Paradise
Director:Ol Parker
Running time:104 minutes
Release date:21 october 2022
A divorced couple that teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago.

Mulder's Review

Ticket to Paradise has a real and emotional nostalgia in the sense that we can finally find a great and beautiful romantic comedy in a movie theater. It celebrates the family reunited, the marriage but also makes us think about the importance of being in balance with ourselves and especially to realize that our life can be really successful only when we meet our half with whom we want to make our life. By making bad choices or not reacting correctly or by not having as many people around us, we risk missing out on the love of our lives. 

If Ticket to Paradise works perfectly, it's because it was written with care by two writers Ol Parker and Daniel Pipski who have perfectly assimilated the rules of a successful romantic comedy, but especially because it relies on a duo of great actors who find a real pleasure to find themselves on screen after Ocean's Eleven (2001) and Money Monster (2016). One suspects that such a film after a very difficult period for theaters related to the global pandemic of covid 19 is a way to regain a semblance of normal life. 

David Cotton (George Clooney) and Georgia Cotton (Julia Roberts) were once happily married before separating and settling their affairs through lawyers. Keeping a mutual resentment in their personal relationships, they can't stand each other anymore and don't hesitate to criticize each other. Yet their bond remains strong because they have a daughter, Lily Cotton (Kaitlyn Dever) who has just graduated from college to become a lawyer in a prestigious firm. Lily goes to Bali with her best friend Wren Butler (Billie Lourd) and meets the man of her dreams, Gede (Maxime Bouttier), who lives in this beautiful country. 

As these two young adults decide to get married, David Cotton and Georgia Cotton have no choice but to go on a joint mission to prevent their lovesick daughter from making the same mistake they did. Not only will they have to travel in the same row of a plane that will experience terrible turbulence, but they will also have to find common ground, especially since Georgia's new friend wants to propose to her. All the elements are well in place to give the audience a great time in which many couples will recognize themselves.

The British director knows perfectly what should be a good romantic comedy and after having directed Imagine Me & You (2005), Now Is Good (2012) and especially Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018); his new film succeeds in convincing us completely and make us spend an excellent time at the cinema. Even if the supporting roles are less deep, it does not spoil our pleasure to find George Clooney and Julia Roberts sending excellent dialogues and especially to awaken some old personal memories. The only real drawback of this film is its release in October when it would have been perfect for a Valentine's Day release and to discover with your better half this beautiful story that closes perfectly with a desire to live life to the fullest and make up for lost time.

Ticket to Paradise
Directed by Ol Parker
Written by Ol Parker, Daniel Pipski
Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Sarah Harvey, Deborah Balderstone
Starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts
Cinematography : Ole Bratt Birkeland
Edited by Peter Lambert
Music by Lorne Balfe
Production companies : Working Title Films, Smokehouse Pictures, Red Om Films
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates : September 8, 2022 (Barcelona), September 20, 2022 (United Kingdom), October 5, 2022 (France), October 21, 2022 (United States),
Running time : 104 minutes

Seen on October 1, 2022 at Gaumont Disney Village, Room 12, seat A18

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