Mr. & Mrs. Incredible 神奇俠侶 (2011) – Hong Kong

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Mr. & Mrs. Incredible 神奇俠侶 (2011)

Quirky and in the same cross-over style as Stephen Chow’s “Kung Fu Hustle”, “Mr. and Mrs. Incredible” from Vincent Kok, brings a little story on a super-hero couple’s love life gone stale. It is trying to be funny –in some cases is–, but it ultimately makes for too much rehashing of concepts bettered by other films. It too quickly becomes an effort to watch, and opportunities for innovation are spoiled. The kids are sure to enjoy it, but it is very clearly geared for adults, the humor of a suggestively sexual nature throughout. Much action, intricate set pieces and CGI is left to be enjoyed, but, in due time, the aging of all of it will likely be a poor one.

Not Laugh Out Loud

Gazer Warrior, played by Louis Koo, and Aroma Woman, played by Sandra Ng, are two superheroes turned domestic home owners, lazy & fatigued, older and grumpier. Gazer becomes a town security official, and Aroma becomes a stay at home wife busy cooking and gossiping with town women. When they begin attempts at starting a family, they casually reminisce on missed action and adventure with their capes put away. A competitive martial arts show is brought to their town as per government’s request, and some shadiness surfaces from within the arena’s set up. The two find an opportunity again to try on their hero masks for the betterment of their people, learning of shared love, power, and endearment, perhaps a baby on the way too.

It’s a fun film, but the aesthetic is too careful, using larger scale pieces than necessary to overwhelm. It’s a shame that newer approaches on cinematography or camera placement weren’t explored as they would’ve made for more appealing scenes. Color is powerful, creating some fantastic contrasts, and I found the little montage on Gazer’s and Aroma’s prior build up of a relationship fun. Costumes and music add to the interest there too, but there’s not much else to hook the viewer later during the supposedly tense scenes, nothing to really invest much time or critical thought on. Jokes too follow the suit of safety, much of them intended for laugh out loud bursts. You’ll find yourself giggling some but perhaps only out of pity.

It’s not the worst of its class, but, for most viewers, the invested time here is wasted. Most, if not it all, is to code, expected and too unoriginal. If you’re a fan of Louis Koo and Sandra Ng, as I am, then see it for the friendly faces, otherwise, go and see something else with a grown up’s recipe, something else to keep you coming.