My wife loves all things David Tennant, and when she ran across a mention of The Decoy Bride she asked if we could order it. What I've seen of Tennant I liked, so I agreed and a couple of days later the disc arrived in my mailbox. I wasn't really expecting a lot - romantic comedies aren't often very deep, but they can be a lot of fun. The Decoy Bride delivered fun and more.
First of all, Tennant was perfect as James, the author of an enormous novel set on the (fictitious) Outer Hebrides island of Hegg, but it soon becomes clear that he really knows nothing about Hegg. I had not seen Kelly MacDonald before, but she was delightful as Katie, the last single young woman on the island. The supporting cast was unfamiliar to me as well - yes, I know that some were in very popular TV shows - but they all played their part to perfection.
What really delighted me, though, was that director Sheree Folkson, also new to me, brought a perspective to the film not commonly found with plots similar to this. So you have the beautiful actress Lara, played by Alice Eve, who is to be wed to Tennant's James. In a typical Hollywood take on this theme, Lara would be a shrew, or shallow, generally unpleasant, or some combination of these. But no, Lara is indeed as kind, generous, smart and resourceful as James protests she is. She just isn't the right match for James. Marco the paparazzo stalking Lara, is set up as a sort of villain, but he too has a good heart. Indeed, everyone in this film, even those who do "not so nice" things, has redeeming elements. You can't hate anyone, and things work out for more of the cast than you might normally expect.
In some ways, The Decoy Bride reminds me of the Howard Hawks screwball comedies of the 1930s - smart scripting, enthusiastic acting and just a lot of fun. The beautiful settings, shot on the Isle of Man and in Scotland, are wonderful in their own regard.
The Blu-Ray disc has some extras: one deleted scene (not even worth viewing), interviews with the cast, director and writers (provided in short snippets), some "behind the scenes" shots (which were fun - I noticed that in these one of the cast asked for "a cellphone", but in the actual movie "a mobile" was correctly requested), and a clip about special effects (which were minimal.) The music of the movie was great as well.
My wife and I both enjoyed The Decoy Bride very much. It may seem like just another "rom-com", but it really rises above that. Highly recommended.