Reviewed by: icacutee
Disappointing compared to La Brassiere from earlier on.
Maybe due to the success of the first movie, expectations for this movie was higher. It had lost the fresh, new feel to the plot and did not relate as well as it could have within the movie.
Gigi Leung, Louis Koo and Lau Ching Wan were pretty much the same (good) as in La Brassiere. Carina Lau was of the scene, with Rosamund Kwan as replacement.
Caarina Lau may have had no chemistry with Lau Ching Wan, but Rosamund Kwan is worse. Also, her character gets quite annoying.
Cecilia Cheung is just crap in this movie. She is clearly anorexic, and it looks horrible. Also, she cannot even cry properly...why is she even acting?
This movie advertises so many products (as does Marry A Rich Man by Sammi Cheng and Richie Ren) that it gets boring and annoying.
This movie can provide some entertainment, but you would not miss anything if you don't watch it.
Reviewed by: danton
If nothing else, the HK film industry knows how to squeeze the last drop of originality and marketability out of a successful film. Witness the franchise that developed around the avalanche of imitations, sequels and parodies (and then copies and sequels of those parodies) of the megahit God of Gamblers over a decade ago. With the success of La Brassiere late last year, it's no wonder that pretty soon we were being offered imitations such as Beauty and the Breast, and now there's an official sequel: Mighty Baby once again pairs of Louis Koo with Lau Ching Wan, and essentially rehashes the story of the first movie, complete with several scenes quoted almost word for word. Apart from slight cast changes such as the diminished role of Carina Lau, the only major difference is that the topic of breasts has been replaced by babies, in essence sacrificing the slightly naughty and deliciously smart feel of the first movie for a sugar-coated fixation on showcasing annoyingly sweet toddlers in close-up, resulting in baby fatigue that almost rivals the worst excesses of a Disney family movie.
Surprisingly, the formula still works well at times, and while there are no truly hilarious moments like in the first one, some of the comedy still manages to produce a few genuine chuckles, especially when the emphasis shifts away from those awful babies to what should always remain the narrative core of this franchise, i.e. gender relations and their respective different perspectives on love and the world in general.
LCW and LK don't really add anything new to their characters, nor does Gigi Leung. So to add some degree of freshness, the filmmakers threw Rosamund Kwan as LCW's secretary and Cecilia Cheung as a "baby expert" into the mix. In the first half of the movie, Rosamund had me in stitches with her completely over the top portrayal of a frazzled, out of breath caricature of female insecurity, but unfortunately that ended once she moved to being a love interest.
And Cecilia? Well, I wasn't really paying attention to her acting, as I was just mesmerized by her shockingly blatant anorexia. This girl needs to start eating fast!
Overall, this film does offer a few laughs and while not on par with the original, it's still one of the more intelligent comedies coming out of HK lately. And best of all, there's neither a grimacing Eason Chan nor a quirky Sammi/Myriam clone in sight...