Already 20 years old, but still of interest; there are some funny moments and some drama. Overall an entertaining mix.
I loved this movie I found it to be very intertaining, you will enjoy :)
The Wedding Banquet has a slightly dated look but apart from that this is an excellent movie. Ang Lee’s direction is as provocative as it is subtle. The cast is terrific with all the leads giving thoughtful, well-developed characters. The director and cast, supported by a surprisingly contemporary script, combine to makes this a joyful experience.
I'm with Jack K and Derek M. What more can you add, they sum it up perfectly, and they are right. Time has not wearied it. It still comes over as a fresh and interesting film, signs of a classic.
A comic collision of cultures... gay/hetero, western/asian, individuality/conformity... a true comedia of errors... I doubt Ang Lee intended too much depth here (
Disappointing early Ang Lee movie. Not very believable and some of the acting was very uninspiring.
This is one of Ang Lees best films. It deserves to be called a cult classic gay/comedy/drama. If you don't take life too seriously and have the ability to see the comedy in everyday life, then you will love this movie. Yes, there are chunks of this film that are sub-titled, but guess what - not everyone on Earth speaks English! Don't let the moments spoken in Mandarin turn you off watching this. It really is a great film. There is nothing more balanced than drama mixed with comedy. The child/parent dynamics portrayed in The Wedding Banquet are universal, and with the added element of Mum and Dad not knowing their Son is gay, the scene is set for some great acting. I watched this movie the year it was released and absolutely loved it. 15 years later I love this film even more - it hasn't aged. 10/10.
Well balanced with laughter, tenderness and poignancy this is an excellent multi-level romantic tale of pretence bound by conflicting cultural traditions. Within a middle class Chinese family Director Ang Lee contrasts Western individuality with Eastern conformity and subservience to authority. The characters are appealing and affable and one cannot but feel sympathy for their situations. Chinese-American Wai Tung’s attempts to hide his homosexual relationship from his Taiwanese parents comes unstuck at the hilarious and sometimes uncomfortable wedding banquet. Ang Lee has triumphed over stereotypical expectations and pushed cultural boundaries by crafting a message of tolerance and acceptance due to the power of love. Four and a half stars.
Woden acting but still a pleasant enough tale. Implausible circumstances for the greencard plot device
story line fair, but much non english talk