Mary Poppins Returns
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Kang's Na Young and Tee's Jason have a winning rapport when the script isn't pushing them into contrived shtick.
The cross-cultural rom com about a Korean American's search for true love is marred by serious overacting, broad characterization, flat comedic skits. It tries too hard, like a comic who's the one laughing hardest at his jokes.
Loud, frenetic action drowns out the charms of Christine Yoo's debut film.
Yoo finds room for all of the obligatory bad first dates and fantasy sequences, montages and misunderstandings, a wisecracking best friend and overbearing parents. It doesn't appear that she means any of this ironically, or as parody.
While the story is a bit weak, the film does a good job of contrasting Korean-Americans who steadfastly adhere to the traditions of their homeland with South Koreans who have renounced old customs.
The genre elements of the romantic comedy "Wedding Palace" attempt a transpacific transit, but get lost in translation.
Writer-director Christina Yoo has fashioned a film that can only be described as somewhat bizarre in its mash-up of American and Korean rom-com tropes.
A fresh and very funny look at the romantic comedy through the Korean-American lens.
Yoo's broadly drawn characters are less ha-ha funny than endearingly over-the-top, their exaggerated mannerisms rooted in fondness as much as mockery.
Not necessarily a bad movie per se, it's just one that focuses too much on the romance aspect, which is understandable, since that is what the film is about. The film relies on a lot of the stereotypes of Asian families, that they're controlling and want to tell their children who and when to marry, but the best bits in the entire movie are when Jason's family are trying to tell him what to do and who to marry and how they react to Na-young's diminutive stature. It's clearly over-the-top and unrealistic, but they do provide some fairly amusing moments. The problem with the romantic parts of the film is that they're really cheesy. I know this is a fictional work of art, but there's nothing that no one can relate to about anything in this movie. Seriously. Well maybe they can relate to parts of it, but the film pretty much takes it to a whole other level in terms of unbelievable situations. And I get that that's what some people want, the whole whirlwind romance, but I'm more into movies where the romance is, at least, somewhat believable. You don't ever sense that between Jason and Na-young. Not to mention that the chemistry is lacking. They're not bad or anything, but there's just something missing. Not to mention that the characters are fairly dull and vanilla. Perhaps that's a large part of it, the characters don't feel fully formed. They're one-dimensional. Likable, but one-dimensional. Kang Hye Jung is adorable, but there's some scenes where her acting just leaves a lot to be desired. There's one scene, when Jason goes after his ex, where Na-Young gives Jason a piece of his mind in a monologue and it's not particularly good. I mean it's obvious that english isn't her native tongue, but they should've known enough not to give her long monologues like that. She's perfectly fine in scenes with shorter dialogue. The climax is pretty much every rom-com climax you've ever seen, where Na-Young is on the plane to go back to Korea and Jason does everything within his power to get there before her plane leaves. You've seen it before and you will, probably, see it again. It's no better or worse here. It is what it is. Cast is solid, though, again, I wish Jason's family would've been a bigger part of the proceedings as it led to some of the more entertaining moments in the film. It wasn't great or anything, but at least it was something. Na-young's and Jason's romance just did nothing for me. And since that takes up a large chunk of the film, then it pretty much drags the movie down with it. Slightly below average film. I liked the film's tone, but its obvious flaws keep it from reaching a higher level of quality, so I can't exactly recommend it.
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