ReviewWriter: Erny SuziraWriter Ratings:Overall: Cast: Plot: Effects: Cinematography: Watch this if you liked:
“Parental Guidance” The Good, the Bad and the East Meet West:
Directed by Malaysia's very own talent, Jess Teong, "The Kid From the Big Apple" will remind you of the old forgotten memories that you have gone through as a kid, and will also teach you the importance of family love and values.
This movie will strike a chord especially for those who have stayed away from their parents or grandparents, or even those who have already lost them, as they would surely miss them dearly after watching this heart-warming and tear-jerking film.
The film is very realistic, showing the relationship between the two main characters who are from different generations, not to mention from different sides of the world too, who have to get along even though they have different cultures and speak different languages.
Truthfully, the plot of the film is simple yet impactful with plenty of touching messages hitting at all the right spots.
There is no questioning the acting skills of Tommy Tam better known as Ti Lung, who is a famous Hong Kong actor and martial artiste which had previously acted alongside Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau and Jackie Chan. His role as the old-fashion and strict yet soft-hearted grandfather would make you want to appreciate your grandparents, and also parents even more.
The same goes with Jessica Hsuan, who is also a famous Hong Kong actress. Jessica is wonderful in the film even though she doesn't have a lot of scenes, but each one of them is strong, impactful and touching.
The best performance however, is given by 12-year-old Sarah Tan Qin Lin, who is perfect as the bratty and stubborn little princess that does everything her way, but learns the true meaning of love as she spends time with her dear Grandpa.
The film is definitely a must-watch among family, and it's a great film to educate the younger generation about respect and the importance of family. Trivia:
• This is Sarah Tan first major role in a feature film.Cinema Online, 07 March 2016