Thursday, September 8, 2011

“LOVE in SPACE” 全球热恋 Hong Kong Movie Review. A Mumbo-Jumbo Mayhem of LOVE taking Flight.



One wonders if this crazy film is an earth-bound or an air-borne romantic slapstick.

The English title briskly confirms it as “Love In Space” but does not tally with the Chinese title which is translated as “The global populace is in love”.

The “space” episode imparts as only one portion of the three stories, but it is obvious that this episode takes center stage as the main selling point.

Surely this film targets silly billies and jills who are likely to roar at anything that’s remotely ticklish.

Joint directors Wing Shya and Tony Chan must have panicked when they found they are running short of ideas, that their creative taps runneth dry.

So they resorted to spinning a parable of never-been-done-before treatment of  LOVE, first taking place on mother earth and thence fly you all the way to the moon.

Enough nonsense.

They roped in ever ready actors Aaron Kwok and Rene Liu and strapped them with wires to “suspend” them in mid air.  This being the case, you will have to tread lightly on your suspension of disbelief, otherwise it’s unlikely you are able to make any sense of the situation.

You will be sinking your teeth into one of the wackiest bumpers of the year,  played to tortuous death by some the industry veterans such as Aaron Kwok, Rene Liu, Eason Chan, Angela Baby, whoever.

Money is the name of the game and is a powerful motivator to lure some of the more-than-willing actors to accept lack-lustre scripts.

So much for starters.

Now for the main course.

LOVE IN SPACE is a preposterous romantic comedy that follows a tiresome mummy dearest and her three grown up love-lorn daughters.  Each daughter is successfully endowed in career and form, except that true love eludes them. Then sweet fate intervenes and each of them get to encounter dazzling romances in Beijing, Sydney and (gasp …) even on a space shuttle.

Naturally the viewer will be transported to enchanting locales in Beijing and Sydney and also on board a spacecraft on an aimless journey.

It is as nutty as you can get, with a script that’s unlikely to bag any award and will get nobody anywhere.

No rewards for guessing the plot.

Eldest daughter is Rose (Rene Liu) and her paramour Michael (Aaron Kwok) are astronauts doing nothing interesting in their space ship, except spouting trivia, which is why they broke up before and they are at it again, trying to rekindle the romance in space.

Squeaky clean second daughter Lily (Gwei Lun Mei) is in Sydney where she encounters her dream man (Eason Chan) who, paradoxically, is a disheveled garbage collector.

Youngest daughter (Angela Baby) is the loveliest and is an up-and-coming actress who just bags her Worst Actress Award. She finds the man of her dreams when she poses as a struggling waitress to get field experience.  He is a down and out writer (Jing Boran) who works as a waiter by day and moonlights as a watermelon peddler by night.

This movie zooms the fact that unlike poles definitely attract.

As for the widow mother, she’s not as calm as she appears. There are “undercurrents” beneath her exterior.

No spoilers here, but for the sake of the ensemble cast you might want to give this feature film a chance.

There could be someone you like in the glittering cast who will make your trip worthwhile.

As a bonus, you will be treated to an updated version of a famous Teresa Tang’s hit “The Moon represents my Heart”.

It’s as upbeat as the movie.


1 comment:

  1. what is the title of the song for the part where the youngest daughter giving the music to watermelon guy..?