Mighty Baby

Reviewed by: Em

June 15, 2004

Rating: five

Director: Leung Pak Kin / Chan Hing Ka

Cast: Sean Lau, Louis Koo, Gigi Leung, Cecilia Cheung, Rosamund Kwan

Guest Starring: Carina Lau

Story Overview

After her success in creating the "Ultimate Bra", Samantha (Carina Lau) is once again approached to head another business venture by her Japanese superiors. However, she brushes off the project using her bra company as an excuse and suggests to the company president that her ex-boyfriend Johnny (Sean Lau) and her long time working partner Lena (Gigi Leung) would be more than suitable for the role.

This time, the task is to create an ultimate baby product in time for the birth of the company president's child, and once again Johnny and Lena are thrust into the pressures of innovation, design and deadlines. Johnny employs a new secretary, Sabrina (Rosamund Kwan) who he later finds is a nervous wreck, whilst Lena enlists the help of her own other half Wayne (Louis Koo). However, things don't go well as Wayne is terrified of children and Johnny can only be found basking in his newfound authority. Lena contacts HQ and child behavioural expert Boey (Cecilia Cheung) is drafted in to help out. Very soon, the office is overrun by screaming, crawling, bawling, googling and dribbling toddlers of every size and description. Sabrina's neuroticism reaches a peak and when a child goes missing after a failed experiment, Wayne and Boey cry in despair.

While their work goes downhill, the love lives of Wayne and Johnny are also threatened as Johnny cannot admit his feelings for Sabrina because he still thinks of Samantha while Wayne's work with Boey leads to the development of an innocent love affair, much to Lena's displeasure.

As a last resort, Wayne and Johnny take a trip back to their babyhood through regressive hypnosis and their experiences help them finally work out what would constitute the perfect baby product and the design for 'Mighty Baby' is completed in the hope that this creation will not only win over their bosses at HQ, but also help them win back their true loves.

My Thoughts

Highly publicised and much anticipated, this sequel to last year's hit success "La Brassiere" was received with great expectations and when I received my copy in the post, I was quite excited to see what new antics had been written into this film. Having taken a sneak preview of the first five minutes, I was presented with a taste of the hilarity to come and when I finally found time to sit and enjoy the film, I was most definitely impressed by the rest of it.

A new storyline, although much along the same genre as the original presented some new openings for plot development but once again this is no literary masterpiece, nor did I want it to be. What I was looking for was more of the witty, sarcastic and even slapstick humour which I had enjoyed so much before and although not to the same extent as the first show, I got my wish. My comparisons will end here, as I feel that sequels really should be reviewed as a picture in their own right.

Now that I know what to expect of Louis and Sean in light comedy, I felt they put in a wonderful performance with a great chemistry for each other and their genuine enjoyment in making the film. This was displayed in full in the scene where the two were sitting on the sofa laughing at the hypnotist doctor. No amount of acting skill could produce such a heartfelt and contagious feeling of warmth and sheer indulgence which radiated from the two men. The directors have really hit upon a gold mine in attracting audiences through productions with a touch of reality and I think this is the main reason for the success of this series of films.

Cecilia Cheung and Rosamund Kwan were given their own quirky characters -- Cecilia doing well as the baby expert who had her own innocent, child-like qualities and Rosamund as the lunatic secretary with a soft touch for Sean. Gigi Leung's reprisal as Lena, however, seemed half-hearted and slightly disappointing. Perhaps she felt that the status of her character had fallen and wasn't as enthusiastic, or maybe the script simply didn't allow her to shine through as well as she could have done. With the female roles relegated to third priority (after the men and of course the babies!), the girls did have quite an uphill struggle to stand in the spotlight and credit goes to them what they did manage to achieve.

The spin-off sketches were more outrageous than ever, with the inclusion of a 16th century fight scene and Louis and Sean dressed as babies. My favourite irrelevant scene was at the barbecue where Cecilia and Rosamund both bring along dates to make Louis and Sean jealous. As the testosterone clash creates a game of sarcasm tennis, Cecilia's date tries to show off with some uncanny impressions of Andy Lau whilst Rosamund's date (cameo appearance by Lau Yi Tat) starts reciting cheesy poetry. The situation deteriorates into chaos and I found myself rolling on the floor splitting my sides with laughter! Fantastic!

A special mention must go to all the beautiful angelic babies who braved the madness of Louis and Sean and took first place in the performance stakes. There is a scene where Cecilia is saying her goodbyes to her young 'workmates' and admitting her love for Louis. However, I was so captivated by the cutest little baby face to her right that I really didn't care what lines she had to say nor how much significance they had to the plot and for a brief moment, motherhood to me suddenly seemed like a very acceptable proposition!

In summary, "Mighty Baby" has all the elements of a great comedy coupled with some bonny babies, lovely cast and Louis Koo in his wonderful brightly coloured shirts. A film to share with a loved one or a group of friends or simply to cheer yourself up when you feel down -- no-one can resist the infectious laughter which this film is sure to create.

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