- POSTED: 17 Sep 2013 16:10
This graph is an experimental feature that tracks number of views over time.
"My Lucky Star" has its moments, but the romantic comedy fizzles out towards the end.
SINGAPORE: US director Dennie Gordon’s “My Lucky Star” traces the adventures of Sophie (Zhang Ziyi), a bubbly yet socially awkward amateur comic book artist, stuck in a dead-end job selling air tickets over the phone.
One day, Sophie wins a vacation to Singapore, and encounters her dream guy, the dashing spy David (Wang Lee Hom).
But just as Sophie begins to put the moves on David, things take a turn for the worse.
David turns out to be a spy, and she finds herself travelling the globe with him, in order to keep the Lucky Star Diamond out of the hands of criminals who want to use it to create a dangerous superweapon.
Comedy and eye candy
A prequel to 2009’s comedy hit “Sophie’s Revenge”, “My Lucky Star” starts off quite well, moving at a brisk pace while Zhang brings on the laughs.
Zhang is excellent as the quirky, funny Sophie who constantly drifts off into her bizarre side-splittingly funny fantasies.
Her portrayal of Sophie is exaggerated at times, but never completely over-the-top, and will leave audiences rooting for her character as she gets herself into a variety of hilarious fixes over the course of the movie.
Although Wang’s acting seems stiff next to Zhang, he has just enough chemistry with his co-star to make the odd-couple dynamic between them work.
Wang seems to have been cast in the film mainly to provide some eye candy for female audiences.
The film is peppered with shots of him playing the piano and drums, as well generally looking cool in suits.
The problem with Gordon’s wacky romantic comedy is that it loses steam in its second half, and begins to feel extremely draggy as Sophie and David pursue the diamond which constantly slips from their grasp.
The film’s abundant slapstick jokes become less and less funny, while the plot goes from being pleasantly odd to completely bizarre.
Recent China-made films like “Switch” as well as “Badges of Fury” have been pretty lacklustre.
And “My Lucky Star” doesn’t quite manage to buck the trend.
Still, although it may not be as funny or as moving as “Sophie’s Revenge”, “My Lucky Star” has its moments, and is worth checking out for those looking to kill some time.
“My Lucky Star” opens on September 19.