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“Paddington” – Calypso London in Christmas (2Jan2015)

(Written by Conrad Ko, Edited by Margaret Jarvis)

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Score Card:

Unique Feature:

  • The first CG animated Paddington
  • Calypso Music in Christmas (Right Trinidad Music in London in Christmas)

Comments:

“Paddington”  is the first feature film about the iconic bear. Paul King has done a wonderful job in letting kids enjoy the film without torturing adults. The plot is basically one of self reflection,  a self discovery process for Paddington and his guardian.

There’s nothing new in the plot or any fancy new computer graphics. However

I should note that the film use of music has been excellent, if they had used typical music as a an accompaniment, the movie will be very monotone or a pretentious repetitive piece. Yet its breakthrough in using South American Music (Calypso or Trinidad Music to be exact) is pivotal. It blends in so well, infusing the Peruvian Paddigton into London in no time.

One could also expect this piece to be an artistic impression of London, England. I guarantee you this will be one of the best looking cities in the movies. The selection of distinctively British items, habits and slang in the film also draw the audience into the scene very effectively.

To cut it short, Paddington’s story is as old as bricks are, but the clever use of music and the artistic portrayal of London wins my heart in this one. C+ Plot A+ Music and Scenes.

London is the Place for Me

This is the theme song of the movie, please check it out, simply brilliant!

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“Women Who Flirt” – Wasabi Coated with Chocolate (1Jan2015)

(Written by Conrad Ko, Edited by Margaret Jarvis)

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Score Card:

Unique Feature:

  • The first time Pang Ho Cheung work with no Hong Kong Cast
  • Another Zhou Xun – Huang Xiaoming Movie
  • A play on gender stereo type.

Comments:

“Women Who Flirt” (撒嬌女人最好命) is Pang Ho-Cheungs’s latest romantic Comedy. It’s the first time Pang has worked with a Hong Kong Free Cast. I was expecting to see Pang fail without his usual Hong Kong wit, but the movie proved me wrong. “Women Who Flirt” is very enjoyable for Hongkies and Chinese alike. “Women Who Flirt” is a play on gender stereotypes and a typical Rom-Com, so one could expect the movie to be female oriented. The dilemma of Zhou Xun’s advances and retreats towards Huang Xiaoming were depicted actively and carefully by the director,and are reminiscent of 00s Hollywood Rom Coms like “Hitch”.

The bright spot in my view is choosing Zhon Xun as the protagonist. Zhon Xun is not an instant stunner, but she has one of those faces that grows on you. At times, her sassy moves in the movie are as realistic as it can get. Huang Xiaoming’s poor acting is to be expected; luckily his role in “Women Who Flirt” is of someone who lacks emotion and portrays insensitivity to his surroundings, which is enjoyable at times. To conclude, “Women Who Flirt” is wasabi coated with chocolate wafer. Sweet and easy on the outside, tear inducing on the inside and retaining a slightly sweet aftertaste.

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