My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3's first reviews are out as the long-awaited sequel finally hits cinemas.
The latest entry in the family film franchise arrives on Friday (September 8), as writer-director-star Nia Vardalos brings back the Portokalos family for another breezy comic adventure.
The film essentially functions as a tribute to Greek Wedding cast member Michael Constantine, who passed away in 2021 before he could reprise his role as Toula's eccentric father Gus.
Vardalos has injected a bit of young love in the sequel as well, as Toula's daughter Paris (Jupiter's Legacy's Elena Kampouris) has a very awkward reunion with a guy (Euphoria's Elias Kacavas) she recently ghosted.
So, is it worth joining the Portokalos family on their Greek holiday? The film hasn't been outright panned, but many reviews felt it didn't live up to expectations.
"Ultimately, this has never been a franchise that relied on subtlety, instead offering charm and heart to paper over the cracks. This time round even the warm and fuzzy bits feel forced, and it’s hard not to feel that My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 won’t be the happily ever after Vardalos was hoping for."
"Ultimately, that generic togetherness is all Greek Wedding 3 has to offer – that, and yet another actual Greek wedding, this one more removed from the central characters than ever before. (Thrill to the nuptials of two new characters with a combined one personality trait!) Vardalos seems continually torn between acknowledging the fragile, fleeting nature of even the warmest and happiest families, and producing an aimless travelogue where a bunch of nice people do nothing much in particular before attending a wedding."
"No cliché goes unsqueezed in this third instalment of the rom-com franchise. Surely this has got to be its last gasp?"
"Two sequels deep, it’s baffling that the filmmakers involved don’t make room for more interesting conflicts to arise even within the franchise’s breezy, light-hearted brief. With its sprawling family dynamic, colorful cast of characters and rich, universally resonant touchstones, what was set up in the original film had the potential to take on a life of its own."
"My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 goes for the cheap laughs and the tacky attempts at pulling heartstrings. Hopefully, this is the end of the My Big Fat Greek anything, weddings be damned.
Not every review was so negative, as some felt that My Big Fat Week 3 had some redeeming moments in spite of its flaws:
"Ever been invited to a family reunion you had no desire to attend? You may be tired of seeing your relatives and listening to their familiar routines, which can be downright annoying at times. But then you force yourself to go and you find that you have a good time after all, at least for a little while.
"That’s roughly the experience of seeing My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3, the latest chapter in the saga of the eccentric Portokalas family previously seen in the wildly popular 2002 original and its much less successful 2016 sequel."
"It’s not perfect, but the effort is nice, as is the wedding — a must in a film that has 'wedding' in its title — that brings everyone together. Where the film falters is in its multiple subplots. It’s like Vardalos wanted to ensure that every character had something to do, but the disparate storylines felt haphazard in execution."
You won't have to wait long to make your own judgments about the movie...
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 3 is released in cinemas on Friday.
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