Aberdeen Reviews

  • Dec 17, 2014

    For a HK film, this is truly a rare attempt at nuance and depth in a script that plays up what would otherwise be minor soap plotlines into more meaningful dramatic devices. Every member of the family gets an issue which intersects with each other, ranging from adultery to parenting - the underlying theme that ties it together being the (mis)communication between familial members. An interesting blend of arthouse with mainstream cinema but with varying degree of success, some of the juxtaposition and dialogue could be clunky, pretentious or unrealistic and the fantasy dream sequences are arguably indulgent, even unnecessarily distracting, but they are not totally disruptive. Full marks for effort and attempt, as for the end result, that will depends on how generous you feel: for me, the ensemble cast just about manages to sell it to me with their natural and fearless performances.

    For a HK film, this is truly a rare attempt at nuance and depth in a script that plays up what would otherwise be minor soap plotlines into more meaningful dramatic devices. Every member of the family gets an issue which intersects with each other, ranging from adultery to parenting - the underlying theme that ties it together being the (mis)communication between familial members. An interesting blend of arthouse with mainstream cinema but with varying degree of success, some of the juxtaposition and dialogue could be clunky, pretentious or unrealistic and the fantasy dream sequences are arguably indulgent, even unnecessarily distracting, but they are not totally disruptive. Full marks for effort and attempt, as for the end result, that will depends on how generous you feel: for me, the ensemble cast just about manages to sell it to me with their natural and fearless performances.

  • Aug 16, 2014

    I very much like its story lines & message attached, which haven't been seen in HK Cinema for decades. Edmond Pang's personal fantasy projection however kinda ruin this potential quality piece, in my opinion.

    I very much like its story lines & message attached, which haven't been seen in HK Cinema for decades. Edmond Pang's personal fantasy projection however kinda ruin this potential quality piece, in my opinion.

  • Aug 15, 2014

    what a heavy-handed, pretentious waste of time.

    what a heavy-handed, pretentious waste of time.

  • Jul 20, 2014

    Typical HK style movie showing ordinary lifes of HKers. Not bad and at least better than those which tried to tease you into laughs.

    Typical HK style movie showing ordinary lifes of HKers. Not bad and at least better than those which tried to tease you into laughs.

  • Jul 12, 2014

    a deeply affecting family drama spanning generations. with an a-list cast and a superior director, aberdeen beautifully captures and delivers on the imperfectness of human nature. truly a journey of life. a resounding triumph! (=

    a deeply affecting family drama spanning generations. with an a-list cast and a superior director, aberdeen beautifully captures and delivers on the imperfectness of human nature. truly a journey of life. a resounding triumph! (=

  • May 27, 2014

    Very skilfully-made slice-of-life dramedy that shows great imagination and intimate detail simultaneously. The superb ensemble cast brings real depth to every character. My only complaint is that the middle sags a little.

    Very skilfully-made slice-of-life dramedy that shows great imagination and intimate detail simultaneously. The superb ensemble cast brings real depth to every character. My only complaint is that the middle sags a little.

  • May 25, 2014

    wanted to like it more but couldn't help feeling unsatiated. felt the movie alternated between a headless ghost unsure of its direction (cos there were one too many), and an overachiever taking on too much within the short ninety over minutes screen time.

    wanted to like it more but couldn't help feeling unsatiated. felt the movie alternated between a headless ghost unsure of its direction (cos there were one too many), and an overachiever taking on too much within the short ninety over minutes screen time.

  • May 17, 2014

    Aberdeen is more than just a dysfunctional family film. It has themes of forgiveness, loyalty, family, and much more. The actors do a good job of displaying this family's life through three different generations, and its like a snapshot of their family portrait. Although the trippy dream sequences are a little out there, it delivers on its solid themes and ends on a good note.

    Aberdeen is more than just a dysfunctional family film. It has themes of forgiveness, loyalty, family, and much more. The actors do a good job of displaying this family's life through three different generations, and its like a snapshot of their family portrait. Although the trippy dream sequences are a little out there, it delivers on its solid themes and ends on a good note.

  • May 14, 2014

    Despite the effort of the weird soundtrack to bring tension to this innate story, the film ultimately falls flat. It tries to be metaphoric sometimes but without effective clues it just seems pretentious rather than anything else. Performance of the cast has been solid however the characters are too insignificant to care about. Women in this film are mainly portrayed as pitiful shells without much of personality. This film is not worth your time.

    Despite the effort of the weird soundtrack to bring tension to this innate story, the film ultimately falls flat. It tries to be metaphoric sometimes but without effective clues it just seems pretentious rather than anything else. Performance of the cast has been solid however the characters are too insignificant to care about. Women in this film are mainly portrayed as pitiful shells without much of personality. This film is not worth your time.

  • May 12, 2014

    Good drama, nice change from Hollywood films.

    Good drama, nice change from Hollywood films.