The movie quest to get married gets flipped on its axis in the cute, delightful new comedy White Wedding. Directed by Jann Turner and set in post-apartheid South Africa, the film is a forward-thinking, witty and modern look at some of the challenges that exist for a group of South Africans coming to grips with their cultural and personal pasts.
It’s the story of Ayanda (Zandile Msutwana) who is looking forward to her dream wedding to Elvis (Kenneth Nkosi). But when it’s time for the nuptials, the groom is miles away from his bride and with his best man Tumi (Rapulana Seiphermo.)
Yes, there is a jealous ex who reenters the picture at the wrong time— here it’s an old boyfriend named Tony (Mbuello Grootoom). But in White Wedding you get refreshing moments like, the European wedding versus traditional African wedding debate, plus culturally specific scenes like a bar full of redneck Afrikaners and a sacrificial goat turned pseudo pet. And the film occasionally looks familiar when witnessing the usual road trip film hiccups of car accidents, directional mishaps and a stranger who hitches a ride along the way here it’s an English doctor named Rose (Jodie Whittaker.) But the fact that these happenings occur within lush, gorgeous South African landscapes and star a culturally diverse cast is a constant reminder that you’ve never seen this movie before—each scene of White Wedding is refreshing proof that you are laying eyes on it for the very first time. —Ronke Idowu Reeves