Review by: Andrew Chan (Neo) FCCA AACTA
Review Date: 2007
Re-edited: 25 September 2012
Charlene tries hard in an ultimately lacking flick. “Super Fans” is really an extremely light take on the issue of obsessive fans and the result is leaving the audience with a feeling of lacking in almost every department.
It’s been since the “Confession of Pain” that I have been at the cinemas for a Hong Kong film, but why I decided to venture again remains a mystery. Going to the counter, I did not know what movie was on and randomly he asked for whatever Hong Kong movie that is currently showing. The result is sitting in an almost empty cinema, embracing the antics of the alarmingly cute, Charlene Choi and the disappointing effort from director Eric Kot, who “once upon a time” directed a film that even Wong Kar Wai wanted to be associated with. It is a film with three acts and unfortunately the first act is bloody annoying and at times stretching to the point of boredom. Luckily, Kot realized the above flaw and set about redeeming the movie with a fine 2nd and 3rd act. However, the film is still too manufactured, too predictable and too cloying for the audience to buy into it. Perhaps the film is a direct comment about what happened to Andy Lau and his obsessive fan issues recently, but the social commentary never reaches those heights, nor does it seems to be aiming that direction.
No matter what, this is ultimately a film for Charlene Choi to showcase her ultra-cute acting antics. As mention in an earlier review, the Twins are better off separated. Once again, Charlene is more comfortable by herself. Here she jumps up and down, laughs like she always does, scream as though she is possessed and cry when she feels like it. The effect is pretty much a performance that we have all seen before and no matter how hard she tries, she offers nothing new, other than being adorably cute. Still, she is by far the only good thing that the film has to offer and carries the film for almost its entire duration. As for Leo Koo, his role of being a Mr. Nice Guy isn’t exactly something to boast about, but at the very least he is likeable enough. However, the casting of Sammy as the ultimate super star is both rather lame and stupid. Perhaps, Kot is commenting on the superficial natural of the Hong Kong entertainment in emphasizing how someone so shallow and hallow can still have so many obsessive fans. Nonetheless, the choice of Sammy is clearly a bad decision, as it adds to the unbelievable nature of the flick. After all, who in the right mind would claim that Sammy is cool and handsome. In fact, one that note, I am starting to feel the need to go to the toilet for some vomiting.
It is really saddening to witness how far Eric Kot has fallen by directing this flick. While he was so promising in a little film called – “First Love”, so much so that even Wong Kar Wai provided some finishing touches to it. However, in “Super Fans”, we can see no evidence of that former flair and the result is an non-adventurous and a shallow look at the entertainment industry problem of obsessive fans. Adding to the disappointment is an annoying cameo performance from Kot, an actor who have matured in the past two years with some quality supporting display.
All in all, “Super Fans” is really an extremely light take on the issue of obsessive fans and the result is leaving the audience with a feeling of lacking in almost every department. It is sad to that filmmakers nowadays will think of a good idea and then will go straight into filming the picture, without adequate prior planning. The casting of Sammy adds to the frustration and the first act remains quite boring. However, the film is saved by an outright trying performance from the ever energetic Charlene Choi and a somewhat redeeming 2nd and 3rd act. Still, at the very best the film is still average and thanks to the antics of Charlene Choi, this movie contains some enjoyable and fun scenes. With that being said, I used to be a Twins fan… (Neo 2007)
I rate it 6.25/10.