“Kena called back for reservist.”
Title: Ah Boys to Men 4
Director: Jack Neo
Runtime: 135 minutes
Genre: Action, Comedy
Singapore’s most successful movie franchise is back! After leaving the military, Lobang, Wayang King, Sergeant Ong, and Ken Chow are all busy with their respective career as civilians. That’s until they are called back to serve the nation again under the Singapore Armed Forces’ Armoured Formation. Now they must juggle between work and their reservist duties. What hilarious situations will happen as they train together and their military roles are reversed? There’ll be new enemy threats and their brotherhood will be put to the test.
Rating: 4/5 stars
During the 2 hours and 15 minutes of the movie, I was genuinely entertained.
Thanks to my dad who had connections, this was the first movie premiere I went to in my life! I had followed this series from the first to the last movie. And being given a chance to watch it one day earlier was really a lucky experience. The movie will come out on the 9th November!
So before the movie, the a few members of the cast, and the director himself, Jack Neo introduced their roles in the movie and talked a bit about what they liked when filming the movie. The director talked about the difficulties of the movie, such ass working with tanks (big machinery) and how the weather affected the budget. (Which was really relatable to me as a film student and producer).
I know it was hard work, but I absolutely hated the 3D graphics of the opening credits. The shots were bright and there were a lot of use of cut scenes to quicken time.
They also executed a scene where they broke the 4th wall and it was pretty timely.
The music was great in building up the atmosphere.
The story shows how they have moved on after army, working in their full time jobs and suddenly they are called back to reservist.
Although the movie was very entertaining, the story seemed really loose. It was more like a few stories were merged together at a convergence point.
There were a ton of product placements which annoyed the heck out of me, but I also understood that they needed to money for their budget. The comedy was great, better than the first few films.
There was a lot of relatable scenes and moments that all the audience could relate to. And there was quite a few reference to Korean TV show and Movie (e.g. Descendants of the Sun, Train to Busan)
I personally felt that Ryan Lian’s character (I’m sorry I forgot the character’s name) was a very strong ‘antagonist’ figure to Lobang King.
I also felt that the Mdm’s character wasn’t as strong as it was supposed to be portrayed. She was savage to a certain extent, but not savage enough.
I did love Sergeant Ong’s character arc development in this movie. The climax of the movie was great.
I personally, did feel that the romance was quite forced since it wasn’t developed well throughout the story.
Have you watched this movie? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below!