April 15, 2011
Bangkok Traffic Love Story (2009)
From the titles you probably guessed that it's a romantic comedy and it's a favorite for females. Well, you are right. Honestly, despite it's predictable plot its got that x factor that made me love it anyway.
Bangkok Traffic love Story was directed by Adisorn Tresirikasem and written by Navapol Thamrongruttanarit. The film tells the story of Mei Li (Sirin Horwang), a thirty-year-old woman feeling desperate about being last among her friends yet to marry, and her relationship with Loong (Theeradej Wongpuapan), an engineer working on the BTS Skytrain system.
The skytrain, which celebrated its tenth anniversary the same year and lends its name to film's Thai and English titles, is prominently featured throughout the story.
Although the film was criticized for its loose plot, critics also noted the contemporary setting with which the audience, especially young middle-class female Bangkokians, could identify. The film was extremely successful, earning 57 million baht on its opening weekend and over 140 million baht after four weeks, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year so far. (wikipedia)
It has readable plot, but I liked that they still put something real in the story. For instance, what's a handsome man like Loong, the leading man doing being single? There's a reason why in the end. Usually there's no really explanation why. They just happens to be single, cute and available, end of story. There's a point where I thought the guy is self centered for not willing to compromise.
It's pretty funny, thanks a lot to Mei Li's 'honest' acting, not to mention her family and her boss. She managed to be cute, silly and pretty at the same time. At some parts, the frames were comic-like and it is pretty much have the comic atmosphere, where it's sharp funny and fast-paced story. I actually think the movie poster is mislead. I think Mei Li's face should look more silly and funny than just smiling.
The one thing that most hit me is the part where Mei Li's long best friend is married, triggered Mei Li to feel alone and neglected. In the end, even though we shared the most of our time with our best friend, our lives has its own path and one must at one point focus on what's ahead of them. I like that despite her bestfriend has moved away with her husband and never spend time with Mei Li, she still welcome Mei Li with open hands and give her the words she needed to hear. I heard somewhere that bestfriends are like stars at night, sometimes you don't see them but they are there.
What message I got from this movie? Even though we wanted something to work out so much, if it's not the right time yet, then it won't happen. It's a heartwarming and entertaining movie, another version of romantic comedy with its own character.