Ticket to Paradise 2022 Movie Review
February 7, 2023

Ticket to Paradise 2022 Movie Review

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Ticket to Paradise 2022 Movie Review

Ol Parker’s “Ticket To Paradise” brings George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ pair back together, and that too in a suitable genre. The rom-com is a sort of wedding comedy, with a divorced couple taking over most of its narrative. This weirdly funny combination deserves to be watched by purchasing a full ticket, but comes out as a half-ticket family entertainer. Julia Roberts was missing the rom-com genre, but she returned to it when it was too late. Clooney and her pair just couldn’t fit the criteria of age, despite the well-written basic plot, because the screenplay did not use the potential well.

David Cotton (George Clooney) and Georgia Cotton (Julia Roberts) were once happily married, but are now divorced – happily, of course. Annoyed with even a glimpse of each other’s sights, the divorced parents travel to Bali after learning that their daughter, Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), is planning to marry an insanely handsome man named Gede (Maxime Bouttier), whom she has just met. They decide to work together to sabotage the wedding and prevent Lily from making the same mistake they made 25 years ago, i.e marrying each other. Will their mission be successful, or will Lily have her boy at any cost? Catch the full fun banter in Ticket To Paradise.

George Clooney as a responsible father suits the role, but did he ever look like a divorced husband? A couple of jokes actually looked funny ‘on him’ rather than ‘by him’. I would say the same for Julia Roberts, but with a dignity, of course. Watching Young and the dynamic Julia in comedies like “Notting Hill” (1999), “Runaway Bride” (1999), “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007) and even until “Valentine’s Day” (2010), was a different thing. Watching her doing a wedding comedy in 2022 is a whole different thing. What was that ‘a lot of kisses’ scene in the aeroplane, by the way? Maxime Bouttier and Kaitlyn Dever’s chemistry never looked intimate because they started off in 4th gear only. However, Dever’s gorgeous face and Bouttier’s handsome looks saved the day. In a surprise package, Lucas Bravo brings a few laughs, and Billie Lourd tries to be funny, but her hot looks carry her away.

Ticket to Paradise may not be a well-written film (credit- Ol Parker and Daniel Pipski), but it’s a beautifully shot film (all thanks to Ole Bratt Birkeland). Was it really the most beautiful place on earth or not? You decide for yourself. But let me tell you, the locations are eye-pleasing and the camera work is praiseworthy. What the film lacks is a solid screenplay and dialogues. Most of its one-liners are outdated and have child-friendly humour, which doesn’t reflect the maturity of the characters – especially the divorced couple. I mean, come on, even Spencer Tracy and Joan Bennett’s “Father Of The Bride” (1950) had lots of better dialogue than this. Nevertheless, a considerable amount of fun is there to keep you away from regular naps.

Not being too harsh on Ol Parker, but frankly, I have never been a fan of his kind of common cinema. But that’s what every commoner would enjoy with their family, so one can’t blame Ol for being audience-friendly. His vision may be outdated, but not outmoded. There is a scope for betterment and it was there in Ticket To Paradise too. I mean, in the first 10 minutes, you can predict the entire story. The couple, their daughter, her affair, her boyfriend, her wedding, the couple’s re-attraction, and holy smoke, that reconciliation. God, I felt so old myself, being just 30, to see all that stuff. Parker just didn’t use any new ink here. As a whole, Ticket To Paradise is an average flick with a few good laughs, pleasant outings, and pretty faces around the beach.

Ticket to Paradise 2022 Movie Review