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What Women Want (2011)

Wo zhi nv ren xin (original title)
After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

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After an accident, a chauvinistic executive gains the ability to hear what women are really thinking.

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I Know a Woman's Heart  »

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In Germany, the film was marketed as a sequel to What Women Want (2000) rather than a remake. See more »

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Clearly not a good V-Day film to indulge in with your partner
20 February 2011 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Andy Lau and Gong Li are two of the most attractive and charismatic superstars of their age and it's a perfect dream match in this romance comedy. However the film itself fails terribly and is considered mediocre at best, putting such great cast potential to a pitiful waste. The best reward is a visual treat of two fabulous personalities trying to work chemistry on the big screen.

After walking out of the theatre from this film, a raging question enveloped me.

"How did two of the greatest Asian superstars agree to such a lacklustre film?"

Most of us will have to admit that it is such a pleasure to have them on the same big screen as it surely satisfies audience members of both genders and thus holding great opportunities to appeal towards a massive audience size. Whenever I see Andy Lau working his charms on a well-composed Gong Li, it makes me wonder why youthful couples are always featured where you only get sweet puppy love and none of the enriched personalities sported by these two timeless veterans.

Nevertheless, there is only that much these superstars can aid a bad film.

What Women Want follows Benny Chan's successful remake of Hollywood's "Cellular" in another Asian attempt at similar, this time of a romance comedy genre. However it is interesting to see the project being entrusted into someone who is inexperienced with bid budget productions, which proves to be fatal indeed.

Poorly scripted and handled, it is said that it retains a high level of adherence to the original. Possibly a source of creativity and flair deadlock as the filmmakers are merely trying to shadow an original without any new blood to improve or innovate.

Almost every scene is briefly tackled on screen and soon after fleets towards the next, causing the film to feel like a superficial work of neither style nor substance. The audience will find themselves trying hard to attach themselves to the cast as much as they love to (Lau and Li are simply hard to ignore).

As a romance comedy, there isn't any quality comedy in it unfortunately to compensate for the lack of good romance chemistry between both leads. Aside from the occasional whacky stint by Andy Lau who dresses up in feminine fashion in the first half of the film, dialogues were pretty much one-two liners that were shallow and uninspiring.

The best parts of the film can be easily gathered as follow:

1. Eye candy in the form of gorgeous Gong Li and charming Andy Lau. 2. Andy Lau sings.

If these two aspects do not appeal to you in any manner, feel free to skip this film that tries hard to know what women want and has seriously neglected what the audience wants.

This is clearly not a good Valentine's Day film to indulge in with your partner (It's an annual event and thus don't risk spoiling it for your other).


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