Mr. and Mrs. Incredible
AKA: Mr. & Mrs. Incredible
Year of release: 2011
Director: Vincent Kok
Action director: Jacky Yeung
Producers: Peter Chan, David Chan, Chit Ka-Kei, Jojo Hui
Writers: Steven Fung, Vincent Kok, Chan Po-Chun
Cinematography: Peter Ngor
Editing: Azrael Chung
Music: Raymond Wong
Stars: Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Wang Bo-Chieh, Li Qin, Li Jing, He Yunwei, Wen Zhang
Rated IIA for mild violence and language
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A superhero movie set in ancient China that emphasizes comedy rather than high-flying action-packed antics might sound like a recipe for disaster, but Vincent Kok's lively style and the bubbly personality of Sandra Ng go a long way to making this film an enjoyable way to kill a hundred minutes.
The movie takes place in the sleepy Rainbow Village, the perfect place for former caped crusaders Gazer Warrior (Louis Koo) and Aroma Woman (Sandra Ng) to live out their retirement -- if they weren't so bored. Trying to procreate a little papoose manages to kill some time, but Gazer and Aroma still feel a pull from their past lives. Things begin to change after a mysterious government official, Blanc (Wang Bo-Chieh), comes into town to hold a martial arts tournament under dubious circumstances. The duo suspects something is up and decide to put their masks back on.
It is common for the new wave of Hollywood comic book-inspired movies like Spider-Man, The Dark Knight, and Iron Man to bring forth great emphasis to what is going on behind the mask as the heroes attempt to strike a balance between saving humanity and keeping their own humanity intact, so Mr. and Mrs. Incredible's take on the genre in this regard is really nothing new or exciting. Where Vincent Kok's effort deviates from the now business-as-usual cinematic formula is that there's very little of the way of actual action thrown towards the viewer's ocular orbs.
Besides a couple of short sequences near the beginning and end of the film, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible is nearly devoid of the CGI-fueled orgiastics that one might expect from what is being promoted as a quote-en-quote superhero movie. To its' credit, this film ends up feeling like it doesn't particularly need any great amount of over-the-top fisticuffs. Louis Koo, and especially Sandra Ng, are fun enough on their own that the lack of super-powered hijinks wasn't missed too much, at least by this particular reviewer.