Bo Gia is the first movie product by Tran Thanh See more »
I know: Cheese, but it still got me.
Thanos: Perfectly balanced, as all things should be.... Wait, Wait, why am I hearing the Avengers' theme?
Even though being a Vietnamese, I don't think highly of Vietnamese movies, mostly because of the acting and cheesy stories. However, I'll partly take that back on this one.
The acting and dialogue, although were cringe at times, were pretty good. Tran Thành, who was mostly a comedian, delivered strong emotion and portrayed the old father very well. I enjoyed his performance the most.
The story had some problems. It was still very cheesy and predictable. There was one involving an ex-girlfriend that just got dropped half way. Then, some of the editing and tone changes were bafflingly awkward and felt flat, especially near the end.
Even though I said that, this movie really got me involved in the plots. I was boiling up at the arguments in the first half, and then tearing up near the end. The dynamic between father and son was very touching, and I felt for both sides as each had valid reasons behind their actions.
The themes of parental love and family were not anything new, but they were heartfelt and effective because of the story and acting. It's also in part because I easily get emotional when it's about family. However, as emotional as it was, the movie had to become preachy, as if the plot didn't shout out the themes enough.
Overall, despite still having problems of a typical Vietnamese movie, Old Dad (the correct translation) was still able to touch me. 7.5/10.
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