Mr Unbelievable Movie Review

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Recommended Audience: Fans of Chan Tian Wen 陈天文, Liu Ling Ling 刘玲玲, Marcus Chin 陈建彬, Roy Li Fei Hui 黎沸揮, Jaime Teo 赵彩聆, Tosh Zhang 张智扬, Ong Kuo Sin 王国燊, Eden Ang 翁于腾, Charlie Goh (吴清樑), Hayley Woo Jia Yi 胡佳嬑 and comedy movie fans

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Mr Unbelievable Movie Synopsis

Born on 9 Aug 1965, Eric Kwek Hock Seng takes it upon himself to the symbol of national pride. He follows every national campaign with great support and interest. Raised in a predominantly Dialect/Mandarin speaking environment, English was a hard language to master for Eric; especially with his family thriving in a local Getai business.
Mr Unbelievable Chen Tian WenHowever, Eric wants to change all of that by adding English lyrics into Chinese songs albeit to strong objection from his family and friends. Undeterred, Eric Kwek sets on a musical journey that sees him through mostly lows and finally hits a high when he is at the ripe old age of 50.

Mr Unbelievable Viewer Rating: 3/5 ***

Mr Unbelievable Movie Review:

A spin-off film from a music video that went viral (more than 3 million views!), the Mr Unbelievable movie shares how the music video come about. Many mistook the name of the film as one of the super-hero movies from Marvel or DC Comic, but it is just a simple story about a grass-root character who dreams about being famous.
Mr Unbelievable Tosh ZhangWith zero expectation, the cheesy film touched me (surprisingly) at certain parts. Through different language mediums, the film used many flashbacks to the 80s to provide the audience with a backstory of how Eric Kwek becomes what he is now.

Mr Unbelievable Chen Tian Wen Rose and BroccoliWith musical aspects and a very short humourous fight-scene, the film also gave a little insight to the post-getai era, as well as a hint of how competitions are often rigged to boost the fame of one of the contestants. There were many cringe-worthy moments, like how Man Li (Liu Ling Ling) tried to be gentle towards Eric Kwek (Chen Tian Wen), huge contrast from her usual loud characters.

Mr Unbelievable CrewOf course, there are still some letdowns. With frequent flashbacks to the 80s, Eric Kwek’s look didn’t change nor look younger despite that being him in his 20s. Eric’s love interest Ah Hua (Jaime Teo) didn’t seem to age on the other hand. The poor planning on the make-up of the two different eras made this film as “unbelievable” as its name.

P9100175 (1)Try catching this film if you need some laughter during the weekdays, and if you are able to look beyond the corny plot, you might just be inspired by the sudden and ridiculous boom into fame of “Eric Kwek” (or Chen Tian Wen) when he’s in his 50s. Morale of the story, never stop trying!

Do You Know?

Mr Unbelievable, a movie spinoff of the viral music video, Unbelievable.
This song was written to service a plot line in the latest season of “Spouse For House” where a main character Kai (Desmond Tan) has a unique speech pattern. The writers thought it would be really fun to justify how this “unnnnnnbelievable” speech pattern came about and cooked up an episode specially for it.

Kuo SinDirector Kuo Sin wrote the viral hit song “Unbelievable” for “Spouse For House” and also serves as the Executive Producer for Channel 5’s 199-episode long form drama, “Tanglin.”

Eden Ang Mr UnbelievableHe also engaged Eden Ang and Charlie Goh who starred in Tanglin to cameo in the film. Eden Ang, who is known for his breakdancing background and involvement in local Youtube Channel Wah! Bananas, was involved in the choreography of the action scenes in the film with Liu Ling Ling.

Unbelievable Filming BTSThe movie was filmed and completed in 15 days. Chen Tian Wen filmed from 7.30am till 8pm daily for 15 days. He became tanned after a full-day outdoor shoot at the beach. For the role, he started a diet and lost 10kg.

Behind The Scenes and Interviews

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Mr Unbelievable is out in cinemas on 3 December 2015.

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On December 1, 2015

15 Responses to Mr Unbelievable Movie Review

  1. […] SG50 movie, I wondered if the little boy Shun Fatt grew up to become Eric Kwek (Chen Tian Wen in Mr Unbelieveable) or even his good friend later on! This is prolly a joke that only people who have watched both […]

  2. Karen says:

    Mr. Unbelievable, Erik Kwek looks so interesting. His persona is already funny for me. I hope the movie does the real catch.

  3. Girl, Unspotted says:

    This looks like such a cheesy movie. I don’t think I’ll be watching it. Haha.

  4. Karla (Karla Around The World) says:

    It sounds like a good movie when you just want to break free the hassles of life.

  5. Yvonne Bertoldo says:

    Looks like a so so comedy movie. With that rating, I guess I would pass checking out this movie.

  6. Jeypi Kyu says:

    i’m not sure if i’m good to watch it.. hehe but i guess i would if a friend asks me. hehe it seems kinda interesting though

  7. Lee Rosales says:

    Is he that famous like the artist who sang “gangnam style”. That must be something if your video has so many views online.

  8. franckxethee says:

    It looks like a good movie coming from the Viral Video. The beach setting also feels refreshing.

  9. rochkirstin says:

    I think this movie is worth watching when you’re not too busy or just want to have some chill time. The musical aspects and the humorous fight scene is similar to regular films we have here in the Philippines. The movie costume and makeup director should not have overlooked on how the characters would look like on camera relative to the story.

  10. Elizabeth O. says:

    So it’s like a story behind the viral video? Quite interesting. A lot of people try to become famous by doing what he did.

  11. 3xhcch says:

    I am looking at the poster alone, and I already think I will not like this film. We had a similar hit song here in our country about a smarmy person who thought he was quite the loverboy, and that also became a hit movie (which I did not watch, haha!) – Fred

  12. R U S S says:

    This is interesting. It’s a first for me – from a music video to a film as this usually isn’t the case. The music video must be something to get millions of people interested. I am curious as this looks like a fun film to watch.

  13. Bhushavali says:

    Actually the story like sounds adorable! Thanks for the review.

  14. Mia Foo says:

    well, i will surely not catch this. it looks way too lame for me. even when the stun like vegetable mv came out and nearly everyone around me was highly entertained…. it was way too lame for me to handle. couldn’t even cringe. =.=”

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