Ex-maid of honor Eloise (Anna Kendrick) - having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text - decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend's wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the 'random' table in the back of the ballroom with a disparate group of strangers, most of whom should have known to just send regrets.
With any conmedy drama a careful balancing act must be applied. A lean heavily in one direction or the other can send a movie down an unexpected route. Those anticipating a comedy will leave disappointed if too much drama is applied and vice versa.
In the case of Table 19 so much balance has been applied that the film suffers from adisticnt lack of comedy and drama in equal measure leaving the whole thing to be a rather bland experience.
Given the comedic talent around the table this is massively disappointing but something never quite clicks into place and the awkwardness is palpable. Each individual round the table looks like they wish to be the first to leave, which ironically is often the case at such occassions in reality.
I found none of the characters to be particualrly enjoyable to be around although Stephen Merchant as the mildly creepy cousin Walter did allow me to chuckle several times. Sadly by the time those around the table begin to let their guard down and we hear their troubles and issues too much time has passed for this to have any true impact.
If the charcters at Table 19 had declined their invitation to attend we would have been spared this middle of the road effort. If I had taken the time to turn down my opprtunity to join this bunch of miscreants perhaps I would be left with less regret.
Table 19 is released in cinemas from 7th April 2017.
Thanks to MovieHouse for screening access.