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‘Heart and Greed’ is a lot less stellar than its last two predecessors.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2018 by vincentloy

‘Heart and Greed’ is the third installment in the ‘Heart of Greed’ Hong Kong drama franchise. The first ‘Heart of Greed’ was released way back in 2007 with critical acclaim and the drama went on to win the most accolades at TVB Anniversary Awards that particular year. The drama has also lead to popularization of ‘golden words’ derived from some intense script in it. I enjoyed the drama a lot, particularly on the theme of inheritance-fighting, the emotional impact especially touching on the warmth of the family, and the superb performances by all the cast. It is a classic. Looking on its success, TVB decided to make a sequel entitled ‘Moonlight Resonance’ the next year (2008). Similar hype and success came in as well as the drama also become the highest rated TVB series of all time with its final episode hitting 50 points.

So about ten years later (now), TVB decided to make yet another sequel (with the same 40-episodes span). It’s called ‘Heart and Greed’. I was very excited because of how great the first two dramas turned out in the past. I also very much enjoyed drama with the theme of family and fighting for inheritance with all sort of tactics and schemes. However, I noticed that this latest drama is no longer relating to ‘inheritance’ kind of story but rather about man who would sacrifice everything to help his friend’s dying business.  This drama brought back old cast (Ha Yu, Louise Lee, Michelle Yim, Susanna Kwan, Louis Yuen, Bosco Wong, etc) and mix it up with new people (Vincent Wong, Eliza Sam, Sharon Chan, Michael Tong, Priscilla Wong, etc).

After I saw the change of cast (disappointed for not seeing Linda Chung, Tavia Yeung, Raymond Lam, Moses Chan, Fala Chen, Chris Lai anymore in here) and the change of plot’s theme, I lowered my expectation even before I started watching the drama. And yup…I am right. The drama is no where near the quality to be called a ‘classic’ like its first two predecessors. The drama lacks the intensity and the dramas that we observed in almost every single episodes for its first two series. Besides than the boring storylines of ‘Kyle falling in love with Belle’, the plain development of ‘old Mr Wong persistently helping his old friend, Alan who had once saved him’ part, the out-of-arch segment of ‘daughter of the family making immoral advance to a married man’ and lastly the illogical and rushed plot when the ‘uncle suddenly turned bad in the end’, there is nothing much going on to make this drama a memorable one.

The veteran cast is doing well in leading the whole show. Or is it? It looks to me that Michelle Yim’s role is now so small and yet she is nominated for best leading actress in the coming TVB Anniversary Awards. She is a great actress, and yet given such unimportant character this time, which is in total contrast to her award-winning performance as Yan Hung in ‘Moonlight Resonance’. On the other hand, I find that Louise Lee had been pushing too hard to act in this drama with frequent shouting kind of tone when speaking. Her age must be weakening her performance. Susanna Kwan is good though and I am impressed with her ability to memorize long script for her part. Eliza Sam is still not doing enough to carry her role while Vincent Wong is as his usual good form. Michael Tong returns with his first drama here after many years and he is doing well. Now I wonder why he and Jacqueline Ch’ng (who portrayed as Adam’s wife) are not being nominated in supporting categories for the coming TVB Anniversary Awards. They are good in their roles here. The drama lacks a few more major characters (the main family group now lacks so many people when compared to its first two dramas) to further escalate things up, to create more tensions and climax for the story.

Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Heart and Greed’ a total of 7.4 only. I would have easily rated ‘Heart of Greed’ and ‘Moonlight Resonance’ above 8 and even nears to 9 respectively. But for this third installment, it is just not that good. It is still a solid drama with some (much lesser) warm and touching family scenes, some fun (but less exciting) conflicts in business and relationship issues. The songs in this drama are nice to listen to by the way while I can see also a lot of effort and budget has been placed on the setting (house interior) and the costumes too. The producers have been forcing themselves to create another sequel to this franchise and it turned out not working that well to my earlier projection.

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Movie review for ‘Coco’ (2017). It’s certainly 2017’s best animated film.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2018 by vincentloy

I was quite excited when the screener copy for ‘Coco’ is out recently but I do recommend that the movie to be watched in cinema for its rich visual. It is my most anticipated animated movie of the year. Even before its release, many has already predicted it to be the frontrunner this year to win the Oscar. Well, they were absolutely right.

‘Coco’ is an animated film that follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel Rivera who is accidentally transported to the land of the dead, where he seeks the help of his deceased musician great-great-grandfather to return him to his family among the living. The concept of the film is based on the Mexican holiday of the Day of the Dead. It was produced by Pixar and released by Disney.

Pixar never disappoints on creating animated movies that made people cry. Well, I have not gone to that stage yet but I do felt moved by the storyline of ‘Coco’. The revelation scene and the ending are particularly emotional. The movie has plenty of humorous scenes and emotional moments. I am amazed that the studio delivered both of these elements in such a great way. This light-hearted and fun movie also taught us on the matters of life and death, importance of family, and the vibrant Mexican culture. Besides than all that, ‘Coco’ is also filled with beautiful songs and exciting adventure that will please both the kids and the adults.

The other major compliment to the movie is definitely on its visual. The rich palette of colours topped with detailed scene designs especially of the places in the ‘Land of the Dead’ in the movie are amazing. On the other hand, the vocal performances are great too. Vocal performances are usually not being emphasized in animated films as the involved actors or actresses are not visibly seen in the movie but rather represented simply through voices of the animated characters but this movie shined in that aspect too. The fully dimensional characters also help out a lot. Out of the songs presented in the movie, ‘Remember Me’ with the multiple versions it had, stood out. Simple lyrics but with beautiful and touching melody that enhances the emotional value of ‘Coco’.

‘Coco’ is certainly the best animated movie of 2017 and also one of the best animated movies of all time in my personal opinion. It has everything, and delivered everything to the perfection. The movie is beautiful, highly entertaining, deeply affecting and I have an awesome time watching it yesterday. Pixar has been using similar formulas to churn out good and touching animated films and they are still the best at it. There is also a nice plot twist near the end (but I’m already expecting that one earlier).

Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Coco’ a total of 8.6. That grade means that ‘Coco’ is also my best reviewed film of 2017. Well, it translates similarly to the 97% rating that it has now from Rotten Tomatoes, 8.8 out of 10 from IMDB and 81% score from Metacritic. Since I find that there are no other 2017 animated films that even try to compete for the best this year, ‘Coco’ is hands down the frontrunner and the most deserving pick to win best animated feature at the upcoming Oscars and other major film awards too. It is an instant classic.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is the latest film to join 1-billion dollar club and movie review for ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2018 by vincentloy

As expected, the latest film in the Star Wars film franchise, ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ has grossed over US$ 1 billion on its worldwide box office recently. The movie reached the milestone only about three weeks from its release date. As of 2nd January 2018, the film has grossed US$ 1.056 billion (US$ 533 million from US and Canada and US$ 523 million from all other markets). It is very seldom that the international intake is more than the domestic intake for a film and this ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ is an example. It proves that this film franchise is intensely popular in US. On its release week, it has the second largest opening ever if I’m not mistaken.

The movie is now one of the four films in 2017 that grossed over US$ 1 billion respectively. It is currently the 22nd highest grossing film of all time but that ranking is expected to rise further as the movie still observes high attendance from all parts of the world and that it has not even released in China yet. I’m expecting that it will have a final box office intake of somewhere around US$ 1.5 billion. It will not come close to 2015’s ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ that has gained US$ 2.068 billion to become world’s 3rd highest grossing movie of all time (unadjusted for inflation). ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ will ultimately topped the chart as the highest grossing 2017 film, defeating ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that stands at US$ 1.263 billion. The conclusion is; whenever you are producing a Star Wars film, you are sure to get over 1-billion dollar box office return. I’m not a fans of this franchise and I have not watched it yet (no huge interest on it).

Now, let’s talk about another movie and I’m giving my quick review to it now. It’s ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’. I watched it two weeks ago. It’s a sequel to the first ‘Jumanji’ film in 1995(and 2005’s ‘Zathura: A Space Adventure) and has its story set 21 years after the first film. I remembered those two films and I loved both of them. The plot now follows four teenagers who are transported into the video game world of Jumanji, playing as the characters they chose, and must beat the game in order to return home. It is no longer based on a board but rather on a video game. The movie starred Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas, etc.

I had a great time watching it. There was so much fun in this movie. Hilarious moments in almost every scenes, gorgeous visuals, likable cast, and great actions. This is one of the most entertaining movies that I have watched in recent years. I’m happy that Hollywood decides to remake ‘Jumanji’. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle’ a total of 7.8. I am seeing Dwayne Johnson everywhere. He is taking up so many movies (Fast and Furious franchise, San Andreas, Journey to the Mysterious Island, G.I.Joe: Retaliation, Central Intelligence, and upcoming Rampage, etc) right now, and is a much needed actor for movies that require an extreme body physique.

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Had just watched the first two Oscar-bait films of the year, and they are both coincidentally LGBT-themed.

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2017 by vincentloy

A lot of Oscar-bait films are usually released in December to leave more impression and effects to the critics and awards’ voters. This is also the month when film studios would release a lot of screeners for guilds and film’s associations to vote for the best of the year. Hence, you would see some films that have recently or have not yet been released to the public and yet have their clear-version copy out there in the torrent sites. The first two Oscar-bait films of the year that I have recently watched are ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ and ‘Call Me By Your Name’. They are both coincidentally LGBT-themed. This particular theme is getting a lot of love recently as the general public is now more open towards accepting it.

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ is a biographical sports film loosely based on the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Robert Larimore Riggs. The film dramatizes the events leading up to that match between King (Emma Stone) and Riggs (Steve Carell), and their personal lives, particularly touching on the affair between King (she is married) with her female hairdresser. Billie Jean, a successful female tennis player, fights for the equality treatment of women and challenges the general perception during that period of time that women are ultimately weaker than men in sports. She accepts the challenge by a veteran male player, Riggs who boasts a lot of himself and relaxes before the tournament. King defeated Riggs in the legendary match.

It is a very solid film. It stands out without requiring any over-dramatic scenes but relies heavily on excellent performances by Emma Stone and Steve Carrell. Emma Stone is fantastic in this role and her performance here is even better than her last year’s role in ‘La La Land’ that won her Best Actress at the Academy Awards. Up till now, I still disagree on her Oscar win. She just won because she is popular, well liked by a lot of people, and ‘La La Land’ is getting a lot of love. Her performance in ‘La La Land’ is nothing extraordinary. Her role here is much better and challenging. Does that mean she will have a chance to win it again this year? Nope. She just won it last year (Academy wouldn’t want to award a young actress another trophy that soon). Steve Carrell is also wonderful but I think getting nominations is the furthest he can go. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ a total of 7.5. This is an Oscar-bait film but is not getting much buzz lately. Hence, it will get a number of nominations in the coming awards but will mostly likely not winning much.

‘Call Me By Your Name’ is different. This movie is getting more buzz and has received standing ovation during its premiere in film festivals earlier. It is a romantic coming-of-age drama film that chronicles the romantic gay relationship between Elio Perlman (Timothée Chalamet), a 17-year-old living in Italy, and his father’s American assistant, Oliver (Armie Hammer). The story is set in Northern Italy in 1983. The movie explored the tension between pain and pleasure experienced by Elio whom is a teenage boy and in the midst of experimenting with his sexuality and falling in love with a guy.

Timothee Chalamet is a young actor whom nobody will recognize on the streets. Now, you have to remember his name. He is the star of the film. At such a young age and with such a daring role, he portrayed Elio with absolutely genuine acting. He is getting Best Actor nominations in a lot of places and having won some. He truly deserved it. The ending scene alone is enough to make audiences weep for his story with Oliver in the movie, and be moved by his performance. Armie Hammer has also done a great job as Oliver and delivered his character in an intimate and restrained way. The chemistry between the two of them is exceptional. Some scenes are quite graphic in the movie but I think it’s fine as in the end, no explicit content is shown. This self-discovery story is moving and is enhanced with great cinematography, scores and performances as highlighted earlier. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Call Me By Your Name’ a total of 8.0.

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2017 films that I have watched and list of 10 highest grossing films for the year.

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2017 by vincentloy

2017 is coming to an end soon. This is the time for me to have a post that compiles a list of films released in 2017 that I have watched. This has been a tradition of my blog here for several years by now.

Hollywood films in 2017 that I have watched:

(The asterisks indicate my personal rating for each movies. 5 is the maximum. The ones in bold are my top 10 selection)

  1. Eloise. ***
  2. Rings. **
  3. Logan. ***
  4. Kong: Skull Island. ***
  5. The Space Between Us. ***
  6. Beauty and the Beast. ****
  7. Life. ***
  8. The Boss Baby. ****
  9. The Fate of the Furious. ****
  10. The Bigfoot Project. *
  11. Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume II. ***
  12. Alien: Covenant. ***
  13. Wonder Woman. *****
  14. The Mummy. ***
  15. Power Rangers. ***
  16. Split. ***
  17. Get Out. ****
  18. Despicable Me 3. ***
  19. Baby Driver. ***
  20. Dunkirk. ***
  21. Spider-man: Homecoming. ***
  22. 47 Meters Down. ***
  23. War for the Planet of the Apes. *****
  24. It Comes At Night. *
  25. Annabelle: Creation. ***
  26. It. ****
  27. Transformers: The Last Knight. ***
  28. Leatherface. **
  29. Cult of Chucky. *
  30. Zombies. *
  31. Open Water 3: Cage Dive. ***
  32. The Emoji Movie. ***
  33. Happy Death Day. *****
  34. Jeepers Creepers 3. **
  35. Thor: Ragnarok. ***
  36. Victoria And Abdul. ***
  37. Justice League. ****
  38. Geostorm. ****
  39. Serpent. **
  40. American Assassin. ***
  41. Kingsman: The Golden Circle. ****
  42. The Foreigner. ***
  43. Stronger. ***
  44. Mother! **
  45. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. ****
  46. Birth Of The Dragon. *
  47. Beyond Skyline. ***
  48. The Son Of Bigfoot. ***
  49. Battle Of The Sexes. ****
  50. Call Me By Your Name. ****
  51. Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. ****
  52. Unhinged. *
  53. Lady Bird. ****
  54. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. ***
  55. I, Tonya. ****
  56. The Disaster Artist. ***
  57. Coco. *****
  58. Breathe. ****
  59. The Shape of Water. *****
  60. Jigsaw. ****
  61. Tulip Fever. ***
  62. Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. ****
  63. Darkest Hour. ***
  64. The Post. ***
  65. Wonder. ****
  66. Victor Crowley. ***
  67. Phantom Thread. ***
  68. Murder On The Orient Express. ***

Malaysian Film in 2017 that I have watched:

(The asterisks indicate my personal rating for the movie. 5 is the maximum.)

  1. KL24: Zombies. *

Thailand Film in 2017 that I have watched:

(The asterisks indicate my personal rating for the movie. 5 is the maximum.)

  1. Bad Genius. *****

Chinese (Hong Kong/China/Taiwan) Films in 2017 that I have watched:

(The asterisks indicate my personal rating for each movies. 5 is the maximum. The ones in bold are my top 1 selection)

  1. Kung Fu Yoga. *****
  2. Love Contractually. ***
  3. Cook Up A Storm. ****
  4. The Adventurers. ***

The list above is to be updated accordingly as I’m still on track to watch some new 2017 films soon. Looking at the current progress, I have been watching much lesser films this year compared to last year (2016). So far up until 13th February 2018, I have only watched 74 films. The reasons for that are that I have been spending more time on my study this year (especially on my thesis work) and there are not much films this year that appeal to me. You would have also noticed that I have been writing much lesser movie reviews this year (maybe I’m tired of it already).

December 2017 to February 2018 would be the period of time that I’m going to catch up on more 2017 films just to wrap it up on time before the Academy Awards to be held on March 2018. I have a lot of Oscar-bait movies to catch up later too and I’m looking forward to that. Hence, the total number of 2017 films that I have watched is expected to rise in the coming days/months but it would still be below the amount achieved for 2016 films for sure.

So now, here’s the list of top 10 highest grossing 2017 films as of 13th February 2018:

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. US$ 1.322 billion.
  2. Beauty and the Beast. US$ 1.263 billion.
  3. The Fate of the Furious. US$ 1.236 billion.
  4. Despicable Me 3. US$ 1.034 billion.
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. US$ 881 million.
  6. Spider-Man: Homecoming. US$ 880 million.
  7. Wolf Warrior 2. US$ 874 million.
  8. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. US$ 863 million.
  9. Thor: Ragnarok. US$ 853 million.
  10. Wonder Woman. US$ 821 million.

Four films this year successfully joined the 1-billion dollar club. ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ topped the chart this year with expected final grossing to be somewhere around US$ 1.4 billion. ‘Beauty and the Beast’, the live-action remake of the 1991 animated film of the same name came in second place while ‘The Fate of the Furious’, the eight installment of the franchise comes close by taking the 3rd spot. Despicable Me 3 is the highest grossing animated movie this year and it shows that the popularity towards the little minions has not dies down yet. The same cannot be said for ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise as its latest film, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ is not getting great box office result like its predecessors (ended up sitting at 11th place) which shows that the interest to this franchise is going downhill now.

Out of the 10 films above, I have watched all but ‘Wolf Warrior 2’ and ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’. The former is a Chinese film and is the only non-Hollywood film that is listed on the all-time worldwide top 100 box office. And as for the latter, I’m not a Star Wars fans…enough said. The famous ‘It’ movie became the highest grossing horror film in history (unadjusted for inflation) and is a huge box office success with a grossing that hits US$ 700 million. It is now the 12th highest grossing film of the year.

(Post originally written on 21st December 2017 and has been updated on 13th February 2018)

Review for TVB drama ‘The Exorcist’s Meter’ (2017).

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 26, 2017 by vincentloy

Time for review to another TVB drama that I have watched completely after it aired its final episode just now in the weekend. ‘The Exorcist’s Meter’ which has 21 episodes in total, starred Kenneth Ma as a taxi driver who has accidentally awaken a kind-hearted spirit with power and duty to take down devils roaming on Earth. The drama also starred Mandy Wong, Hubert Wu, Hugo Wong, Moon Lau, Anthony Ho, Susan Tse, Ram Chiang, etc.

I didn’t have high expectation to this series before I started to watch it. To be honest, I decided to watch it because I have nothing else to watch at the moment. In the end, I was surprised by how good this drama turned out. It is not a lousy or ordinary paranormal-themed series. It’s not just about people seeing ghosts and catching demons in a heroic fashion. This series stood out over the rest in this particular genre due to the addition of some very moving storylines, heartfelt characters, and excellent performances by the cast.

First of all, the eyes of the series is on the lead actor; Kenneth Ma. After his success and popularity from his role in 2012’s ‘The Hippocratic Crush’, he didn’t have many good roles later on. This paves way for newer actors like Ruco Chan to speed ahead of him in the race to win best actor. Another newer actor, Vincent Wong is also on the rise very quickly with many fantastic roles in recent years. I’m starting to worry that Kenneth will be left out very soon if he didn’t have a good drama and a good role to take on. Finally, he is back to be noticed again with his role here as ‘Ma Kwai’ in ‘The Exorcist’s Meter’. His acting is very natural and this character gave him opportunity to showcase his acting skill through the many emotional scenes in this series. He nailed this taxi driver’s role perfectly. With his excellent performance here (and also another great work in ‘My Dearly Sinful Mind’ released early this year), I’m supporting him to win best actor at the Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards.

The other cast members were doing exceptionally well too, although they are mostly lesser-known TVB artists. Susan Tse is very convincing as Kenneth’s foster mother and I don’t mind her winning Best Supporting Actress again. Ram Chiang, Moon Lau and Hugo Wong are outstanding too. I think this drama really puts their acting to the limelight besides Kenneth. This drama also propels Hugo Wong to higher popularity from his very challenging villain role in this drama. He usually took very minor roles in the past and after this drama, I’m sure that he will be given more opportunities to take on bigger roles soon. He is also solid in ‘Recipes to Live By’ released early this year and hence, I have no doubt to support him for ‘Most Improved TVB Actor’ this year.

As mentioned earlier, this drama has a very good script. The loop scenes involving Kenneth’s dead parents, conflict and relationship between Kenneth and his foster mother, friendship between Kenneth and the stone spirit, Ber Ber (Moon Lau)’s relationship with Kenneth and her death, Anthony Ho’s tragic death, etc are all very sincere and moving. Even the action scenes involving demons in this drama are produced with effort as not to make them too typical, lousy or emotionless. Besides that, the two theme songs for this drama sang by Hubert Wu are also nice to listen too and they suit well to this drama. Well, there are still some areas in this drama that can be improved like the production designs, the CGI, some exaggerated acting (but still acceptable due to the nature of this story), etc. But overall, it is a highly enjoyable, fast-paced series that will also makes you cry several times. The ending for this series is also surprisingly good. The last scene is a great one when the stone spirit that sat in the taxi was actually Hou Zai (Kenneth’s younger brother’s soul). This is one solid, entertaining and touching drama that is not to be missed. It defies my expectation. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘The Exorcist’s Meter’ a total of 8.0. This is the one and only drama in the year 2017 that gets over 8 points from me.

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Drama review for TVB’s “Legal Mavericks” (2017)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2017 by vincentloy

After submitting my thesis report last week, I finally have the time to catch up to my past hobby; watching TVB dramas. There isn’t any TVB dramas recently that have my attention. ‘The Exorcist Meter’ which is a series about supernatural and starred Kenneth Ma, Mandy Wong, etc. The supernatural theme itself is the one that push me away from watching it and TVB is definitely not looking serious to making this kind of drama with good quality. The other drama is called ‘My Ages Apart’ and starred Kristal Tin, Bobby Au, etc. This one has a better line-up of cast but I still don’t have the interest to watch it because its premise is not appealing and it has too many episodes (50 in total).

So, I’m up to nothing but to find dramas that are released earlier and yet I haven’t watch them. Many people recommended me to watch ‘Legal Mavericks’, a drama about a blind lawyer who usually crossed the lines when solving the cases with his friends. I trusted their opinions and I am also influenced by the success of this particular series at Singapore’s Starhub TVB Awards held last month. Hence, I ended up finishing the whole drama (28 episodes in total) in less than a week. And I watched its last 8 episodes continuously today.

The drama starred Vincent Wong, Sisley Choi, Ali Lee, Owen Cheung, Pal Sinn, Tracy Chu, etc. First, I like the plot that emphasized on solving not typical large cases that involves murders but on smaller cases fighting for the rights of the minorities (although the series still has the last case being solving a murder highly important to the overall storyline). I also like the idea of giving the main character a disability (in this case being blind) besides than injecting in the similar professions that TVB love to tackle (police, doctor, etc…in this case; lawyer). It adds extra depth and gave audiences something new to see rather than conventional dramas about a single profession. This also allows the cast (particularly Vincent Wong) to showcase his acting skill as the lead actor portraying a blind lawyer who is excellent in his other four senses.

The cast did a great job. Vincent Wong deserves a best actor win from his role here. There isn’t any strong competition in lead actor category this year and I hope he wins. It’s very challenging to continuously maintaining the eyes to make them look like they are blind and at the same time carrying out the dialogues, the body gestures, the facial expressions and the emotions for the story. Vincent nailed it. People usually find Sisley Choi annoying in most of her previous series. But hey…she surprised me in this drama. Not only that I find her character enjoyable in this drama, I also think that her acting has improved significantly (particularly this year). Hence, I’m rooting for her to get Most Improved Female Artist at TVB Anniversary Awards. I pitied her character. She sacrificed so much for Vincent Wong and yet their relationship remains ambiguous even till the final episode. There are three females who love Vincent Wong (Sisley, Ali and Tracy). I find that a bit too much. Vincent’s love towards Tracy is too much and I find that very unfair to Sisley. As for Ali Lee, she at least has another admirer and lover, Owen Cheung.

Ali Lee did well in here too but I’m still surprised how she can win ‘Most Favourite Lead Actress’ in Starhub TVB Awards last month for her role here. She is beautiful and solid, but her performance here is not award-worthy in my opinion. On the other hand, this is Owen Cheung’s most heavy role to date (he is a nobody in the past and only famous for having similar voice with Chilam). I’m surprised that he has this level of acting and he delivered superbly. He is a strong contender for best supporting actor award. Even Pal Sinn who portrayed the ruthless main villain is doing very good too. I hated him so much and it means that he delivered that character very well. And one more person to compliment; veteran actor, Law Lok-lam who portrayed as Vincent’s father. His acting when his character is diagnosed with ALS is superb.

I’m a bit confused on the very last scene of this drama. Ali Lee died and yet she appeared again to join the three others for a walk. That’s weird. What does the scriptwriter want to tell us from this scene? Opening it up for the audiences to decide the ending on their own? TVB love this approach very much recently and it is overused. I rather they stick to a very clear conclusion for this drama. Anyway, this drama is still a decent one. I’m happy that I didn’t left this drama out before the year ends. Out of 10 points, I rate ‘Legal Mavericks’ a total of 7.8. There is not many particularly great TVB dramas this year (also for the last few years), hence this drama do have a strong chance to emerge as winner for Best Series at the upcoming TVB Star Awards Malaysia and Hong Kong’s TVB Anniversary Awards. His other competitor so far would be ‘The Unholy Alliance’ of which I had also given 7.8 in my drama review post earlier.

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