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Monday, April 11, 2011

[5.75/10] Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (2011)


Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (2011)

Brief review: Set in ancient China, "Mr. and Mrs. Incredible" revolves around a couple, who are also retired superheroes, and their new life as ordinary people. Despite its utter goofiness and silliness, the film nevertheless remains enjoyable, due to its charismatic leads, Sandra Ng Kwan Yue and Louis Koo, who both deliver very engaging and rather quirky performances as the title characters. For better or worse, the director Vincent Kok focuses more on the relationship between the lead characters, rather than their skills and super-powers, which is kinda disappointing for those expecting crazy stunts and over-the-top action. The action scenes are very few and in between and mostly unspectacular. The fight choreography is unimaginative, rather flat and lacking in quality and technique, and the cartoonish "Kung Fu Hustle"-like special effects range from great to poor to ridiculous. However, "Mr. and Mrs. Incredible" is very appealing, visually. The highly acclaimed art director, Chung Man Yee, does a phenomenal job with the production design yet again. His style blends authenticity and lushness, and the end result is pure eye-candy. Ngor's vivid cinematography and the bright and colorful costumes add to the film's slick look.

Overall summary: Often bordering on silly and ridiculous, Vincent Kok's "Mr. and Mrs. Incredible" is, ironically, far from being incredible, yet nevertheless, it still manages to captivate the viewer with its quirkiness, likable characters, vibrant visuals and humorous script.

10 comments:

Julia Smith said...

Sounds like something I'd like to check out.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've not heard of this one. Description puts me in mind of The Incredibles, although with a bit of Kung Fu Hustle, sounds like a wild movie.
And thanks again, Nebular.

LoneIslander said...

Looks like it might be a laugh at the very least.

Matthew Vanacore said...

Never heard of this one. Thanks for the review! I like movies that feature "quirky" characters, which explains my appreciation for the Coen Brothers.

Melissa Bradley said...

Don't know if I'd like to see this;I think your "Often bordering on silly and ridiculous" will keep me far, far away. Is it supposed to be a spoof? Or straight up superheroes coming out of retirement for one last hurrah? I like spoofs and parody, but they have to be really good because I can't watch the poor or average ones.

I thought about you and your love of martial arts films. My nephew competed in a tournament, his first one. His instructor gave a demonstration and it was so awesome to see those moves in reality. :)

Nebular said...

Julia, you may give it a shot - it was quite enjoyable and easy to watch.

Nebular said...

Alex, you got it right - it's "The Incredibles" meets "Kung Fu Hustle" with a touch of romance :) It wasn't as wild as I expected it to be, but still good.

You're welcome, Captain Ninja ;)

Nebular said...

Matty, it's been released recently in... well.. China :) Those are quirky, but goofy-quirky, not Coens-like quirky, if that makes any sense :)

Nebular said...

Mel, it wasn't exactly a spoof, but an 'ancient superhero' sounds pretty ridiculous by itself, doesn't it? :)

Yep, I'm crazy about martial arts, especially the Chinese ones. Love Tai Chi, Wing Chun, Wushu... etc. :)

Well, I'm already a fan of your nephew then :) Congrats on his first tournament. I bet he kicked everyone's asses :)

Nebular said...

LoneIslander, it was quite a amusing, but certainly not laugh-out-loud funny.