‘Til Death Do Us Part’ Review: Worth Accepting an Invite To

James Oster reviews Timothy Woodward Jr.'s Til Death Do Us Part, a worthwhile thriller from the creator the Final Destination franchise.
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Compared to the horror hit Ready or Not, it’s easy to gather similarities to the upcoming Til Death Do Us Part release. However, other than the fact both feature a bride hiding from those who wish to do her harm, there isn’t necessarily much else to tie the two together. Each film features a fantastic central performance from its leading ladies. We all know what happened to Samara Weaving after her work in Ready or Not. And now, Natalie Burn lights up the screen as a bride you don’t want to f*ck with. Enough with the side-by-side; let’s look at the upcoming release from Cineverse, Til Death Do Us Part.

Early on, we realize something is strange about an upcoming nuptial event. While the Bride (Burn) and the Groom (Ser’Darius Blain) appear as though they’re in love, something is off in their wedding day bliss. She wants out. When she leaves him high and dry, things get complicated. Yet they become more problematic when the Best Man (Cam Gigandet) and Groomsmen (including Orlando Jones, Pancho Moler, and more) show up looking for her. When they find her, we realize there is more to this story than your average celebration of two people in love. And it gets violent, bloody, funny, and action-packed. Several clever twists and turns occur, one involving a mysterious couple played by Jason Patric and Nicole Arlyn. It’s a treat to watch play out.

Directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. with a script by Chad Law and Shane Dax Taylor, the film is energetic and fun. While the budget may not be massive, Mr. Woodward brings impressive action – and even a bit horror-fueled – sequences to the screen. The film first reveals what looks to be a beautiful wedding setup, but quickly we realize something is wrong. And that “something” clearly is the terrible Best Man speech we all hate hearing. And yes, I’m kidding, but we’ll get into Mr. Gigandet’s enjoyable performance later. Once the gathering of Groomsmen locates the runaway Bride, things don’t go nearly as well for the “gentleman” as they’d planned. And it’s a bloody good time.

Natalie Burn, as the Bride, is terrific here. The Bride is fierce and sly as she desperately attempts to evade those hunting her down. As well she shines opposite her on-screen hubby, Blain. Burn brings equal fight and vulnerability to give the audience a leading lady we can cheer for. And you certainly do that very thing thanks to her inspired take. Then you have Mr. Cam Gigandet. Let me be clear about the character he takes on: This dude couldn’t pull off a serious crime if he needed to. Yet that’s the charm of Cam’s work. Much to the chagrin of his cohorts, the Groomsman in charge appears destined to fail. And thankfully, the actor embraces the sheer over-the-top nature of this beast. It’s a delightful performance from Gigandet.

One intriguing element comes with the structure of the film. We witness a couple of timelines, one that feels strangely out of place for the first act or so. When Jason Patric and Nicole Arlyn arrive at a paradise honeymoon location, the story goes deeper into this crazy wedding mayhem. It’s a bit puzzling early on, but as the story progresses, it becomes an interesting take on the violence on display. And while the story won’t excite fans of the supernatural, as they may have enjoyed in the other wedding flick mentioned, it offers something more suited to John Wick or Atomic Blonde. The action here is well-balanced and exciting, and the extra helping of chainsaw deaths and bloody stabbings certainly add to the groovy nature of this wild indie.

Til Death Do Us Part is a more than enjoyable thrill with one hell of a fun lead performance. Natalie Burn is perfect here, delving into a character we can get behind. Considering the smaller budget, the film brings legit thrills to the stunt choreography and visual effects. The generic “oldie but goodie” soundtrack also helps, although it seems clear that they chose it for cost. Nothing wrong with that, of course. Ultimately, this is a terrific action flick. And with its cinematic release, it’s a breath of vicious air to see something this energetic with a crowd on a Saturday night. Timothy Woodward Jr. has given us a wedding that is well worth accepting an invite to.

Til Death Do Us Part opens in theaters on August 4, 2023.

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James Oster, aka JimmyO, started his career as a film reviewer at Arrow in the Head in 2006. There, he brought his movie knowledge and admiration of cinema to giving his own take on all types of horror features. From there, he officially joined JoBlo.com (in addition to AITH) where he became one of the three major critics for the site. Thanks to the connections he has made, Jimmy has managed to take his love of movies to another level. In the past couple of years, he has produced the Oklahoma horror mystery THE HARVESTERS, written and directed by Nick Sanford. And this October,, the twisted holiday thriller he co-wrote and co-produced called SICK FOR TOYS will be released on streaming VOD and Blu-Ray. Jimmy is a proud and passionate member of the HCA where he looks forward to continuing to share his passion for the art of film.

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