Review of “Ticket to Paradise”: George Clooney and Julia Roberts revive our favourite romantic comedies

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Julia Roberts and George Clooney are the actors

Ol Parker, director

Score: 3.5/5

British English

In the movie Ticket to Paradise, George Clooney and Julia Roberts play divorced parents David and Georgia Cotton, who never agree on anything, especially when it comes to their adorable daughter Lily Cotton (Kaitlyn Dever). David and Georgia are in for a surprise since Lily has plans to wed Gede, a seaweed farmer she met in Bali during her graduation break (they divorced five years later), who she met 25 years after they were married. Because they are worried that Lily would do the same error they did 25 years ago, David and Georgia reluctantly agree to a brief ceasefire and work together to undermine their daughter’s wedding. What happens next is a series of humorous mishaps that, despite Georgia and David’s best efforts to the contrary, also bring them closer together.

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Plus Points: Julia Roberts and George Clooney’s irresistible chemistry steals the show in every scene of Ticket to Paradise. The two are fire on ice, whether they’re dancing inebriatedly after beer pong matches and embarrassing their kid or making fun of one other’s woes, like getting bit by a dolphin. A highlight is the artistic “Australia-turned-Bali” cinematography, which will draw you in yet never ever feels excessively glitzy like a travel advertisement. Despite the fact that the characters frequently refer to it as “the nicest location on Earth.” The screenplay by Ol Parker and Daniel Pipski is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone just right, especially when Clooney and Roberts are allowed carte blanche to duke it out, even though several conversations reach their saturation points.

Negative Points: While Ticket to Paradise revives interest in romantic comedies, it also suffers from the “seen it all” mentality and doesn’t offer anything new to the genre. With great actors like Billie Lourd and Lucas Bravo getting the short end of the stick, the supporting cast isn’t as memorable as they are hinted at or even have the potential to be.

Opinion: This reviewer has been itching to get her teeth into a nice romantic comedy, and Ticket to Paradise more than meets her expectations. Nowadays, we look to movies for a sense of escapism due to the harshness of life. Director Ol Parker quickly realises that the key to Ticket to Paradise’s success as the ideal escapist movie is that it doesn’t try too hard to be original in a clearly popular genre, but instead uses the formulaic approach and heavily relies on the electric chemistry between its bankable leads, who don’t let the audience down. At this stage in their careers, George Clooney and Julia Roberts are able to convey the corniest of exchanges like an emotionally riveting conversation with words, or even better, without it.

We have Clooney’s David, the cynical middle-aged man who is always prepared with a funny retort, on hand. George effortlessly navigates David’s peculiarities by making the most of his sardonic wit. However, Julia Roberts’ seamless portrayal as Georgia serves as a reminder that she is the undisputed king of romantic comedies. Her million-dollar smile in all its grandeur is practically a breath of fresh air, and close-up photos of her will capture your attention even more. No matter how old they are, the pair’s emotional quotient gives their quarrelling ex-couple characters a nuanced relatability.

In terms of the supporting characters, Maxime Bouttier is a lovely delight, while Kaitlyn Dever is just nice enough to draw you in. They persuade you that Lily and Gede fell in love at first sight. The performances of Billie Lourd and Lucas Bravo, who play Georgia’s sexy pilot boyfriend Paul and Lily’s closest friend Wren Butler, respectively, fell flat due to their caricature-like portrayals of their characters. On the negative side, Ticket to Paradise doesn’t experiment; instead, it imitates and makes no effort to be unpredictable, leaving people hoping for good storytelling unsatisfied.

Because Bali is a significant plot point in Ticket to Paradise, it could surprise viewers to learn that all of the filming took place in Australia because of COVID-19 regulations. However, you honestly believe it’s Bali because of Ole Bratt Birkeland’s vast photography and Owen Paterson’s production design. It is also important to recognise how the Balinese culture was given suitable representation, particularly during wedding customs.

At first sight, Ticket to Paradise might seem like a direct-to-streaming type of movie, but watching it on a huge screen without having to worry about decoding anything turned out to be a wonderful gift and a joyous experience. A guaranteed happy ending on such a large commercial scale is also a welcome change. Ticket to Paradise has a binge-worthy element to it, so you might watch it again occasionally.

Highlights: The electric chemistry between George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
bringing back the classic romance comedies that we enjoy watching occasionally.
Escapism by providing a happy ending plot, something movies desperately lack.

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Nicole White

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