Director: Ol Parker
Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever
Release Date: December 13, 2022
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
Academy Award® winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts team up as exes who find themselves on a shared mission: to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they once made. TICKET TO PARADISE is a romantic comedy about the sweet surprise of second chances.
Please Note: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Post. The opinions I share are my own.
‘Ticket to Paradise’ tells the story of an ex-married couple who is forced to put aside their differences and try to stop fighting when their daughter announces a sudden marriage to a man she met on vacation and now intends to give up her career and life to stay in Paradise with. Believing that she’s making the mistake of her life, her parents decide to team up and try to find a way of either convincing or tricking their daughter into calling off the wedding. But as they settle in to this beautiful area and start to become more familiar with the family their daughter intends to join, their conviction in the plan starts to waver.
Directed by Ol Parker (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) from a screenplay by Ol Parker & Daniel Pipski, Parker does a fully capable job at the helm of ‘Ticket to Paradise’ smoothly guiding along the fun and laughs within. The film’s cast includes George Clooney (The Descendants), Julia Roberts (Money Monster), Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Billie Lourd (TV’s American Horror Story), and Lucas Bravo (Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris) along with more who each deliver fairly solid and fitting performances for the most part in their respective roles. Clooney and Roberts are definitely the real stars of this one though and their onscreen chemistry and ability to perfectly bounce off of one another provides most of the film’s most humorous and enjoyable moments.
‘Ticket to Paradise’ is a winning ticket to an easygoing romantic comedy that’s filled with laughs, heart and some breathtaking surroundings that are a joy to behold alone. It never tries to be anything overly original or groundbreaking and instead wisely opts for providing a fairly generic, yet thoroughly enjoyable and humorous getaway that delivers a whole lot fun without having to keep track of too many complex plotlines. Largely reminiscent of many romantic comedies from decades prior, ‘Ticket to Paradise’ knows that its real charm is the onscreen pairing of George Clooney and Julia Roberts and it never hesitates to let them go wild which naturally results in many of the film’s most endearing and hilarious moments thanks to the chemistry that these two share which never seems to get old. Both stars are still an absolute joy to watch and this simplistic, familiar story with a gorgeous backdrop makes for a fitting way to let these two go all out. So if you’re looking for a lighthearted and entertaining getaway with plenty of laughs, then ‘Ticket to Paradise’ is definitely worth checking out and should make a great selection to relax with one casual evening at home.
Overall, ‘Ticket to Paradise’ serves up a fairly generic and by the book romantic comedy that may not groundbreaking or massively original, but instead just has fun with itself and benefits from the simplistic plot which is complemented by the onscreen chemistry between George Clooney and Julia Roberts, paired with plenty of laughs and some spectacular scenery throughout. ‘Ticket to Paradise’ is definitely recommended for anyone that’s a fan of Clooney and/or Roberts, along with anyone who might be looking for a kindhearted, funny and relaxingly enjoyable comedy that delivers just the kind of easygoing fun many of us could use to get away for a couple hours. If you’re already at all interested in this one, then it should be well worth your time and the cost of a rental to give a chance. Peacock paid subscribers can also stream the film at no additional cost as of the time of this writing.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Ticket to Paradise’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation with the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty wonderful as a whole and provides a sharp, clean and richly detailed presentation from start to finish that holds up well every step of the way and never suffers from any notable problems to be uncovered within. It captures the gorgeous backgrounds and scenery with beautiful, vibrant colors and clarity, while all character details and other aspects within also hold up nicely. Overall, this is a great high definition video presentation that should easily please fans of the film as well as first time viewers.
The Blu-ray release features a 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack contributes a crisp, clean and at times fairly immersive audio presentation throughout. It frequently utilizes all seven available channels in order to send everything from music to nature and water effects, along with dialogue and background chatter, plus a fair bit more throughout the various speakers whenever appropriate, while never resulting in any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously becoming distorted or rendered problematic in the process. Overall, this is a fully capable and enjoyable 7.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that more than delivers in every way required of it.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Ticket to Paradise’ includes a few brief, yet enjoyable extras in the way of some Behind the Scenes Featurettes that include interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. They include ‘Return of the Dynamic Duo’ (running approximately 4 minutes in length), ‘Destination Wedding’ (running approximately 3 minutes), ‘Production in Paradise’ (approximately 4 minutes) and ‘Keep a Straight Face’ (approximately 2 minutes).
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Film Rating: 6.5/10
Disc Rating: 7/10
‘Ticket To Paradise’ is Now Available to Own on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
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