结婚那件事 “The Wedding Diary” (MY/SG)

The Wedding Diary 2012 film movie poster


Language: Chinese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Cantonese
Rated: U
Genre: Comedy, romance
Running Time: 1 Hour 35 Minutes
Director: Adrian Teh
Cast: Ah Niu, Elanne Kwong, Kara Hui, Marcus Chin, Shaun Chen, Chris Tong

Synopsis: “The Wedding Diary highlights disparities between the bride’s and groom’s families, from wealth levels to social differences between Singaporeans and Malaysians with its divergent Hokkien and Cantonese cultures. To please his future in-laws, the groom Daniel agrees to hold an extravagant dinner banquet in Singapore. On the wedding day, Daniel is dismayed the angpow money given by guests which he plans to use to foot the bill goes missing” (GSC Movies).

Verdict: The beginning of the film, about Malaysian/Singaporean-cultured wedding, is quite relatable and truthful before it becomes typical and cheesy. The level of humour is passable. The ending with the little piano music in the background and scrapbook/album reminds me of the ending of Up (2009 Pixar Disney animated film). The acting performance is pretty much Chinese drama standard but I have to admit that Elanne Kwong‘s beauty (and enhanced breasts) did help a lot for me. The Wedding Diary is not the most inspiring romance comedy that’s released around Valentine’s Day but it’s definitely one of the most watchable Malaysian-Singaporean productions.

Flawed scenes? [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] Tina (Kwong) is not told which hospital that Daniel’s (Aniu) father (Marcus Chin) is admitted but she and her parents manage to get there at almost the same time as him. The other scene is the one where Tina meets her mother (Kara Hui) to reconcile but the weird thing here is that she’s accompanied by her auntie and… Daniel’s best friend (Shaun Chen) [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

Moral values: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] The movie has many common moral values like men should swallow their pride at times, have to be honest with your loved ones, be with integrity no matter what, bla bla bla bla… the most obvious one that most guys won’t see as a moral value here is that marrying a chick from a wealthy family may not turn out as easy and awesome as they may dream [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

Rating: 3 / 5

Second opinion: “Liked it; it’s funny and touching” (Iris Loong).

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