Dim Sum Funeral (2008)

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Dim Sum Funeral (2008). 1h 35m | R

“As an Asian-American who is always dying for more representation, I was really rooting for this movie to win. I either seriously enjoyed most of the actors in other material or thought they had potential but havenu0026#39;t found the right vehicle yet.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThat said, this movie makes me wonder what it could have been in more capable hands. If the screenwriter had a lot more craftsmanship to juggle all of the introduced ideas and actually resolved them in a very natural and realistic way that didnu0026#39;t seem tacked on or written by someone who cannot write fully realized characters with deep human motivation and emotion in a realistic way. If the director knew how to set up scenes and make the action go organically rather than in the very stilted manner this movie was done in.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eThere were also some weird issues, like how everyone sounded dubbed in this movie. That made the acting seem mechanical and fake, and did nothing to help us buy into the scenes at all. With the already lacking screenplay which doesnu0026#39;t properly provide any real subtext for the characters and the wooden directing of scenes already not helping our perceptions of the actorsu0026#39; abilities, the dubbing just made the acting seem worse than it had to be.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI could write a huge essay about all the specific plot points that were haphazardly introduced and then dropped and how the audience is supposed to simply accept certain things without actually being shown or feeling as if those things actually happened to these characters. Iu0026#39;ve done so on the message board. Instead Iu0026#39;ll just conclude that there was an idea here with potential, but it was not realized.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eI will say the best scene was when the siblings joined one of the other characters in Tai Chi. That scene seemed like it could have came from the hypothetical well-made movie I thought this movie could have been.”


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