All’s Well Ends Well 2012 八星抱喜 (2012) – Hong Kong

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“if you want to take a perfect picture, then you need the model to fall in love with the person behind the camera…”

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All’s Well Ends Well 2012 is a pleasing addition to the lunar New Year comedies staple. If it’s been winning box-office numbers since 2009, why not continue a trend that’s working. Especially in an age, where Hong Kong films making a profit has become a rarity, let alone a huge profit. Clearly, producer, moneyman and actor Raymond Chow knows he has a winning formula and franchise. We never expect lunar New Year flicks to be a great film, but rather it is rated on its entertainment value level. The feeling is like attending a party and the aim and purpose is for everyone to have a good time.

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Donnie Yen impresses for the first time in a non-action role. His comic timing and cheerful face is a welcome presence to the movie. In some ways it revoked the memories of Yen’s last good comical run back in the 80s with Mismatched Couples. As for exaggerated acting style, Louis Koo outdoes his counterpart admirably and keeps the film running along at a fun and broken English pace. The pairing of the flexible Sandra Ng and Yen is easily a small highlight of the movie. However the weakest link goes to the much missed Kelly Chen who seems to be struck in her wooden 90s mode when she appeared in countless films with Aaron Kwok. Chapman To steals the show with a funny and entertainment impersonation of director Peter Chan, while Lynn Xiong does well as the blind girl. As usual what lunar flick can be completed with star producer Raymond Wong; another star that caught my undivided attention is the stunningly hot babe in the form of Mini Yang and she is really the real deal.

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All in all, All’s Well Ends Well 2012 is really one of those films that you just need to laugh it off and enjoy the process and then just forget it. Although, the series have been on a downward spiral ever since the absence of some little guy call Stephen Chow, but in the real world we all know that is impossible. For what it is worth, All’s Well Ends Well 2012 is easily better than last year’s tame efforts and in terms of mindless entertainment and star glazing, it is probably good enough. Worth a look if time permits…

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Neo rates it 7/10

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