I just watched the latest Mummy movie. Overall I’d give it 3/5 because it is entertaining. However, the plot is predictable. Inevitably, the heroes are lured back into mummy-hunting, leaving a trail of explosions behind them.
Just watched The Dark Knight. By now this comes as no surprise, but Heath Ledger was diabolically good as the Joker. I think had he still been alive, people would have praised his performance, though being dead somehow gives an actor cult status. (Pardon me if I sound cynical as I don’t mean to, but if Brandon Lee were still alive, would we have remembered The Crow?)
Potential SPOILERS, do not read further if you haven’t watched the movie and are planning to…
What's it really like to be a tai-tai (rich housewife), with shop assistants at your feet, a nice house and limitless credit?
What's it like to shag a Cosplay chick who calls herself Princess Hayumi?
What's it like be abandoned by one's parents while shopping at Mustafa?
You will get the answers at Gone Shopping, one of our latest Singapore-made movies showing in cinemas now. The movie, directed and written by Wee Li Lin, focuses on three seemingly different characters who hang out in shopping centres, each out of loneliness or desperation.
Foreigners may think it strange that we made a movie on the theme of shopping. But shopping is often cited a favourite pastime among Singaporeans (particularly females). I wonder what that says about us as a people, though!
I sat through a good part of the movie, feeling obstinately unable to empathise with Kym Ng's tai-tai character who tries to deal with her loneliness as a second wife by buying lots of things. I am not a frequent shopper myself. I often feel pressurised when my girlfriends are buying clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories but I am not. I am usually the one sitting outside the changing room waiting for them. But I like shopping for gadgets, so I'm not entirely immune either!
There is a complicated depth to all the characters. The other two intertwining stories are about a young man who spends his time with another dropout instead of going to work, and a child who gets lost in the toy department and witnesses a strange crime taking place everyday in Mustafa. I won't tell you the whole plot or the ending...
What the film actually shows is that while you can get temporary relief from all your troubles by buying things you feel you want, in the end these material goods cannot act as a substitute for broken relationships in your life. At least, that's how I interpreted it.
With a mix of veterans and promising new actors, the movie is not bad at all for a homegrown production. I would give special mention to Sonya Nair, the 7 year-old girl who put on a moving performance towards the end. The GV Grand cinema was almost empty this afternoon though. Support our local industry!
Apparently the movie kept mostly to the book (which I have not read) with minor changes. I didn't find this to be the creepiest Harry Potter movie though. I'm already used to seeing that You Know Who without a nose, and expected dark wraiths doing nasty things. Pity Harry's Godpa had to die, though. He was one of those guys I expected would always be around. I'm beginning to like Snapes, who, in this movie, sides with Harry against the new annoying headmistress who's a smiling tigress.
The hormones get pumped up a little more in this movie. You'll get to see Harry engaging in a nice long Frenching snogging scene with Cho Chang. There's a little bit of flirting at the end of the movie with Luna Lovegood who I think is really quite cool. Nice to see Harry's group getting bigger and stronger, though the core three characters still remain. Ron tries to impress Hermione but the two aren't anywhere near first base. Ginny kicks some real ass when it comes to the crunch. That's another cool lass.
Check out this BBC interview with the actresses who play Ginny and Luna, aka Bonnie Wright and Evanna Lynch. Move over, Bond girls!