Movie review: Taxi! Taxi! (2013)


‘Taxi! Taxi!’ is my first movie of the year. It’s a Singaporean comedy film that follows on life of two taxi drivers (Mark Lee and Gurmit Singh). Both are two of the most popular actors in Singapore, and it would be cool to see their collaboration on this film. I still remembered Gurmit Singh’s portrayal as Phua Chu Kang very well, and I really love his comedic accent and performance. While on other hand, Mark Lee would always nailed his character very well in every film he starred in. Well, this movie does see the participation of two Malaysian female artists (the veteran aunt Lai Ming and popular Myfm DJ, Gan Mei Yan).

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I expected that this movie would be very funny with Gurmit Singh in it. In the end, I find the movie isn’t really providing much laughing or hilarious moments. It seems like Gurmit Singh’s character in this film is much more serious (it’s like wasting the biggest potential and capability in Gurmit Singh), and Mark Lee on the other hand, was more funny with his character and dialogue in this movie instead. There are quite a number of boring moments in between, and some comedy parts appeared being ‘forced’ out. I only laughed once or twice throughout the whole movie which categorized itself as a comedy film. Fail…Well, I have to say there are some notable funny moments but are very little. And that doesn’t entertain the audiences much.

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Eventhough Mark and Gurmit have appeared in a lot of Singaporean films in many years, but it’s hard to see them both in a single production. They collaborated quite well and satisfying in this movie as both of them are friends and always stumble upon each other. However, I find there is no further spark between both of them. Maybe that’s because of the language barrier as one speaks on English while one speaks on Mandarin mostly. If that spark or chemistry exists, then I think the outcome would be better. But it turned out no. Anyway, both of them actually had solid performance in this film, alongside with the supporting casts. That small kid that acts as Mark’s son did quite well at his age. Recently, Gan Mei Yan gained more opportunity in filming movies, and that is a good direction to her rather than just concentrating on her current DJ job.

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Well, this movie touched on certain family issues (like Gurmit’s embarrassment for turning from a professor into a taxi driver, Mark’s lie to his son about his mother that ran away, etc) and so that provokes certain touching or emotional moments. Then, it also touches on poor English use by Singaporeans and government. I’m okay with all that, but still, I only look forward to comedy part which is very little from this movie. A bit disappointed. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Taxi! Taxi!’ a total of only 6.1. Not of great substance but still worth watching (not really that bad). Now I’m looking forward to upcoming Chinese New Year films from Hong Kong which are much promising in comedy genre.

(All images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)

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4 Responses to “Movie review: Taxi! Taxi! (2013)”

  1. Yeah, I didn’t really enjoy this film, too. It was okay. The moralising by Gurmit and Lee were a bit too much to bear.

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