( Movie review )
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English, Malay
Genre: Chinese New Year comedy
Running Time: 92 mins
Director: Lee Thean-jeen
Cast: Mark Lee, Afdlin Shauki, A Niu, Jack Neo, Jacelyn Tay, Huang Wenhong, Rebecca Lim, Koe Yeet
“HOMECOMING is a series of stories about family and what it means to go home. The characters, and their families in the stories, come from a diverse range of generations, races and social backgrounds. These characters are (or become) interlinked, either through blood, friendship or geography.” -UIP
Verdict: I believe most of the locals would want to know if this film is better than Great Day. In the production point of view, Great Day is probably better but they shouldn’t be compared to each other as they both explore and display different themes and moral values. Homecoming’s main theme is about the meaning and the importance of having reunion dinner with family on the eve of Chinese New Year. The movie is rich with Singaporean-style humour and although some scenes are predictable, it’s still hilarious to watch it through. Sure beats the hell out of the Hong Kong comedies these day.
Star of the film: Nope, it’s not Jack Neo. Him playing a woman’s role has become a norm, although he does do it very well everytime. To me, the star here is Mark Lee. For a Singaporean to act as a Cantonese-speaking person who can’t really speak Mandarin is very difficult, I believe, but he did a “fantabulous” job. He has never failed to amuse me in his movies thus far.
I would love to know… who’s the girl that played the small role of Sandy. She’s quite pretty indeed. I wonder if she’s a Malaysian or a Singaporean.
Rating: 3.5 / 5
Date for the show: Tee Wilee
Her verdict: “I thought it’s better than Great Day.”