Film review: Rhapsody of Love (2021) by Joy Hopwood

“Rhapsody of Love” – publicly billed as the primary Asian Australian romcom – is frankly a misnomer. Pleasure Hopwood’s sophomore movie is neither romantic nor humorous. It as a substitute performs like a cheaply-made, feature-length porn video with out the thrill of intercourse. Outlined by flat performing, senseless enhancing, and an much more awkward script, “Rhapsody of Love” is a textureless digital piece that panders to tropes than to high quality. 

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The movie opens with Ben’s (Benjamin Hanly) marriage ceremony to Natasha (Jessica Niven). Whereas he celebrates his marriage ceremony day, his forever-single finest pal Jessica Flowers (Kathy Luu) wallows within the nook. A sequence of {couples} unfold from right here. Ben’s marriage ceremony videographer, Justin (Damien Sato), can’t take his eyes off of Jessica regardless of his relationship with baking influencer Victoria (Lily Stewart). Victoria’s eyes drift as nicely, locking on the drinks waiter. Within the midst of this, Jessica’s sister Jade (Hopwood herself) latches onto her private coach. Turmoil erupts between every couple as everybody fights for their very own careers, and – like Jessica – in the end seems to be for love. 

The premise has promise, however the characters are poorly written. The fights really feel compulsory; Stewart explodes nearly at random, and Sato can’t appear to channel the suitable quantity of anger in response. For a film about romance, there is no such thing as a sense of need, both. Sexual innuendos are slipped into dialog, however they arrive off as extra unsavory than they do humorous. The actors too possess zero chemistry on-screen. Hanly freezes within the bed room every time, as if his character – Ben – is afraid to the touch his spouse. Sato is not any higher both together with his new lover. Maybe he’s nervous and even digicam shy, however he can’t even keep eye contact with the apple of his eye. This isn’t to say the sudden exaggerated inserts of Jade and the non-public coach, and even the vaguely Chris Hemsworth-looking waiter as nicely. Every character as such comes off as extremely static. Why seek for love after they can’t even develop? 

The enhancing and camerawork solely amplify the poor writing. That is particularly evident within the prolonged dialogue scenes. The digicam switches with out goal between shot-reverse-shots to long-shots, complicated the depth of the environment. Fade transitions from one location to the following makes every story really feel disjointed. “Rhapsody of Love” trudges on from occasion to occasion with none suspense.

Not the whole lot in regards to the movie is horrible. Cameraman Goldie Soetianto does nicely in capturing the various shades of pores and skin tone, bringing out every character’s full melanin. Kathy Luu additionally performs superbly for her stunted character. In comparison with the exaggerated personas round her, Luu organically instructions a quiet charisma that pulls the story to her on the finish. 

These small praises are usually not sufficient to advocate this movie, nonetheless. Watching “Rhapsody of Love” is akin to consuming cotton sweet. It seems to be prefer it has potential, however every chew ends in low-cost, tasteless remorse. Thank goodness that it doesn’t fulfill both definition of a “romantic comedy.” For if it did, it will be a disappointing approach for the Australian Asian romcom world to lose its first.



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