Ah Boys to Men Part 1 [2012 Movie Review]
Jack Neo's latest movie, "Ah Boys to Men" has been released recently and there are two parts to the movie. The first part is currently being screened in the cinemas while the second part will be released sometime in February during the Lunar New Year next year. With a production budget of $3 million dollars, Ah Boys to Men is Singapore's biggest budget film so far. Besides veteran actors like Irene Ang, Richard Low and Wang Lei, the rest of the cast is entirely made up of newcomers, some of whom are prominent bloggers as well [not sure if anyone caught a snippet of me at the Coffee Shop Scene in the earlier part of the movie]! :P
Our Personal Review of the Movie: In the earlier portion of the movie, it sets people thinking about what Singapore will be like if we come under attack. Of course, with the support given by MINDEF, Jack Neo tries to put everything together as realistically as it can get and I felt that he did a pretty good job. Although I have to admit that the CG effects aren't close to the standards of big budget Hollywood films, the emotions that are portrayed together with the "Training to be Soldiers" song playing in the background certainly set a rather serious tone that reminded us not to take Singapore's peace and security for granted.
Jack Neo also did a pretty good job in balancing the experiences of different generations of servicemen undergoing National Service [NS] in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s. Servicemen whom have completed their Basic Military Training on Tekong Island will definitely find the scenes oh-so-familiar and it certainly reminded me of my time in NS; especially the CB leaf part.
Well, I shan't disclose further information about the movie and whether or not you have served NS, you really ought to catch this local production because it is extremely funny and it gives you insights about what serving NS is like. In fact, do book/purchase your tickets early because when I was catching the movie at 2350 hours last night [which by the way is a rather unpopular time slot], the cinema was totally sold out!
Also, I do understand that there are some pretty negative comments about the movie and I've got this to say; it's a love or hate thing. People have different preferences and different perspectives but apparently, there are more likes than dislikes; so... I guess Jack Neo did a fantastic job of conceptualising the movie and yes, I rate it 4/5. :)
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