Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I started watching Blue Moon with not much expectation from its plot. The main reason I watch the movie is because Charmaine and Julian are in it. I expected Blue Moon to be a light-hearted or even comedic movie. But Blue Moon took me in surprise as it turned out to be a sad movie. Maybe the title of the movie “Blue Moon” reflects the female lead, Moon’s(Charmaine) feelings of sadness and grief.
I would not say the movie to be a superb fully entertaining movie, but I would say that it surpasses my expectations. Before watching it, my thoughts were : “ Ok, I’ll focus on Charlian” but I ended up also caring about the other plots between the other characters eg. Calvin Choy and his daughter and William So and Sherming’s relationship.
All the characters blend well with each other and is pretty easy to watch. I did not find myself hating a particular character as what usually happens when watching other movies. All the characters were pretty likeable.
Some pretty good acting could be spotted too, especially from the three male leads, Julian Cheung, Calvin Choy and William So. Julian portrayed his character as a loving husband and boyfriend well. He looks good with the boyish charm and lovely dimples and it breaks your heart seeing him shed a tear. Calvin Choy also portrayed his role pretty well. The cop, with the gangster look caused by 5 years of being an undercover. Besides, the father and daughter relationship in the movie was pretty touching and did made me shed a tear. William So’s role in the movie did not really played a significant part to the movie but nevertheless, one could not deny that he could act. The quarreling scenes between him and Sherming(which was almost throughout all the scenes between them in the movie) looked and sounds natural. Just like what a bickering couple would sound and look like in real life.
Charmaine’s acting at the time(2001) of course left space for much improvement. The time seems to be around the middle of her career where she is starting to slim down, improving her acting and correcting her ‘chicken voice’, on the pathway to being the ‘phoenix’ she is now! Her chemistry with Julian in the movie is undoubtedly there although I was wishing there were more loving scenes between them. I guess I could get myself contented with the home cooking, veterinary clinic visits, chiropractic treatment and the ‘ruined kiss’ scenes. Also Charmaine is a female police cadet in the movie but her personality is So-Not-Madam Ma!
I first expected Sherming to be the playful and flirty character that she usually play in other dramas and movies…but she turned out being the kind, caring and loyal one here. Ronald Cheng’s character is an addition of humor to the movie as his character does not seem to play any major role except to add some laughter. Another thing to look out for in the movie is the special appearances of current fadans which were newbie at the time. They are Sharon Chan who acted as Julian’s wife and Tavia Yeung as Sherming’s best friend.
In conclusion, Blue Moon is a movie revolving around the importance of love and how one should appreciate their loved ones while they are still around. Not only boy and girl love but also paternal love. Do not expect an action-filled journey while watching this movie as Blue Moon is a slow paced meaningful movie which needs you to sit down and understand the true value of its lessons. Prepare some wipes as you may shed some tear especially for the soft-hearted one. And I am sensing that most Charlian fans may hate the ending!!