Hong Kong Cinema Festival 2011 – Mr. and Mrs. Incredible Review and Trailer

If you’re a fan of fantastical action/comedy films which require a suspension of disbelief to all gravitational laws, yet offer characters you can get invested in, (think Stephen Chow‘s Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle) then there is no reason why you won’t fall in love with Vincent Kok‘s Mr. and Mrs. Incredible.

It’s title, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible and premise, two retired super heroes, will immediately draw comparisons to Pixar’s excellent The Incredibles. The two films are vastly different, so I will not use this post comparing the two.

Its trailer could easily lead some to believe that this film is not going to be that much different from those CGI saturated, over-the-top Japanese gore films like The Machine Girl, RoboGeisha, or even Takashi Miike‘s Yatterman.  Rest assured, this film is none of those things.

What Vincent Kok’s film is however, is a highly entertaining story of two individuals, and the lengths to which they will go in order to try to conceive a child, all while trying to hide their true identities from their fellow villagers.

A lot of the film’s humor comes from Mr. and Mrs. Incredible doing ordinary mundane tasks such as kneading dough, reading a news scroll, inspecting a potential new home, etc.  Imagine having extraordinary super human powers and trying to break up a fight between two villagers without arising suspicion to your talent.

But aside from the situational humor, where the film really shines is in Kok’s playful direction.  He shoots a flashback sequence in true silent film fashion, having the actors revert to the old style of non-talking acting and even adding in title cards. And, when shooting a roof-top running scene, what better soundtrack accompaniment then some 8-bit Nintendo music?

If I had to complain about anything in the film, it would be that the CGI isn’t necessarily up to par with say that of Rise of the Planet of the Apes or any of the Marvel comic book movies, but it isn’t complete garbage either.  This is just me nitpicking here.

For those of you looking for an alternative from the many super hero films featuring A-List actors and directors that take themselves way too seriously, see this movie!

For those of you looking for an alternative to the super hero alternative movies like James Gunn’s Super and Haberman and Passmore’s Special, see this movie!

For those of you looking for a really good night out and some well-earned popcorn, see this movie!


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