Sorry I’ve been MIA ever since the 30 Day Film Challenge – I recently found and started my first job out of college (yay!), so I’ve been quite busy adjusting to work life. But my fingers have been itching to blog these past few days, so I finally decided to write a post about the new Chinese film Finding Mr. Right 2.
Finding Mr. Right 2 is the sequel to the 2011 hit rom-com Finding Mr. Right. While the sequel features the same director and all-star cast, its plot tells a new story that is completely unrelated to the first film.
The sequel follows the story of Jiao Ye and Daniel, two people who fall in love despite coming from very different worlds. Jiao Ye is a casino hostess working in Macau, and after a gambling stunt gone horribly wrong, she finds herself in deep debt. Daniel, on the other hand, is a real estate agent living in the US, where he enjoys moderate success helping Chinese clients purchase American property. The two of them unexpectedly cross paths because of an old English book, which leads them to exchange a series of open, heartfelt letters that draws them to one another.
Finding Mr. Right 2 touches on a variety of themes and packs many different messages about life, love, and culture into its two hour run time. However, while the diversity of topics was definitely interesting and thought-provoking, it did slightly detract from the movie. Sometimes I felt the plot was being stretched in awkward ways just to allow for one more topic or one more theme to be incorporated into the film. Also, because the movie was busy trying to pack in more ideas, it never spent much time delving deeper into some of the complex issues being discussed, which would have made the film much more powerful and riveting.
My most favorite aspect of the film was definitely its musical score. Created by the talented Peter Kam, the elegant score set a warm, romantic tone for the film. The cinematography was also beautiful and featured gorgeous landscape shots of China, the US, and Europe.
Overall, Finding Mr. Right 2 was a pleasant movie. It’s worth a watch, but if you don’t have time, don’t worry – you’re not missing out on too much.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Title: Finding Mr. Right 2
Director: Xue Xiao Lu
Writer: Xue Xiao Lu
Cast: Tang Wei, Wu Xiu Bo
Run Time: 2 hr 11 min