Thursday, 17 March 2011

My Wedding and Other Secrets: Movie Review

My Wedding and Other Secrets: Movie Review

My Wedding And Other Secrets
Rating: 7/10
Cast: Matt Whelan, Michelle Ang, Kenneth Tsang, Pei-Pei Cheng
Director: Roseanne Liang
In this rom com, Michelle Ang stars as Asian film student Emily Chu, a geek who's at odds with the world around her.
While her fellow film students are claiming their influences number the likes of Fellini, Emily's talking about how Star Wars turned her to the dark side of film making...
She's a bit of an oddball and that geeky goofy charm extends to the rest of her life.
But it also puts her into conflict with her Hong Kong parents - she's seen one sister nearly disowned after she dated a boy her parents didn't approve of.
So, when she meets good ole Kiwi James ( Go Girls' Matt Whelan) and the two spark, she's well aware of the potential divisions it could cause.
However, Emily's a dreamer and follows her heart over her head.
Things are further complicated when the pair fall in love and decide to marry.
In secret.
My Wedding And Other Secrets is a charming and sweet culture clash romantic comedy. It has an innocence and character which will melt your heart.
Michelle Ang manages to bring an endearing charm to Emily and life to the story. She veers on the right side of compassionate to her eccentric spontaneity rather than irritating - and she also has sincerity for the part as she juggles her heart, what's right and the wishes of her family.
And she gels very well with Matt Whelan's awkward and nervy James - but then all the supporting cast are pitch perfect. From Cheng Pei Pei (of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) who plays the mum to Kenneth Tsang's father, they all add to the overall feel good vibe of My Wedding and Other Secrets.

With a light deft touch, director Liang who based this story on her life, knows exactly what she wants from all - and the end result is a sweetly charming cultural rom com which perfectly matches the times we live in.

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