As a faithful Wallace fan, I went to watch the movie on 23th July when it premiered in my country. Urggh, why is this poster not in the cinema that I went to? >.< They only have the poster with everybody in it, which is featured on top of this post.
I’ve revised the post with more in-depth analysis after watching it for the second time.
“Monster Hunt” is continuing to update the box office record in China. After just two weeks of release, it became the highest grossing Chinese movie of all time. On its opening day on 16th July , it grossed US$27.5 million, setting a new opening-day and single-day record for a Chinese local film. It also became the fastest Chinese movie to reach the RMB1.05 billion ($169 million) milestone, doing so in 8 days.
In a fantasy world far, far away, monsters ruled the land. Then came the humans’ all-out war in an attempt to seize the land. In its final days, they outwitted the monsters and succeeded in driving them into the dark mountains. Ever since, monsters were forbidden to step into the land again. If they were found, they would be captured and exterminated. For all these years, the two races have lived in their separate worlds, until the birth of a new monster king who would reshape the balance of power and bring in the new world order.
Article from BBC:
The surreal comedy is set in a fantasy world resembling ancient China, where monsters and humans co-exist uneasily in two separate lands.
When revolutionaries in the monsters’ world attempt to overthrow their royalty, the monster queen flees to the land of humans and impregnates a hapless human man, Tianyin, with Huba.
He ends up being pursued by both monsters and monster-hating humans keen on capturing the newborn Huba.
The movie was directed by Raman Hui, who co-directed 2007 Hollywood animated film Shrek the Third.
In its review, Screen Daily praised the animator for creating “a menagerie of eccentric and intriguing characters to rival the best fantasy adventures”.
The adorable baby monster’s name should be Wuba instead of Huba. This radish-like monster totally steals the show, completely overshadowing other ‘human’ cast members (including Wallace).
Peanuts: Wuba does bear a striking resemblance to Shrek.
He really captures the audience’s heart. Whenever he is laughing, it makes me go ‘awwww’ and when he is crying, I will be teary-eyed (it still happened in the second time). Even when I recall his crying now, it still breaks my heart 😦
Tian Yin portrayed by Jing Bo Ran is the inheritor of the famous monster hunter bloodline. His grandfather was the lead of the Monster Hunt Bureau. His father was a palace swordsman also a monster hunter who had been missing for years. Left by his father to live with his grandmother since he was a kid, Tian Yin hated him. Being the successor of the famous monster hunter, he knew nothing about monsters because he was only interested in cooking and sewing. That was until he met Wuba and a female monster hunter Huo Xiao Lan portrayed by Bai Bai He.
I would say that Wallace was given sufficient screen time, but my sister disagrees. She feels Wallace has too little screen time. Although he is the main villain in the movie, he still gets to wear pretty clothes most of the time and has many closeup shots. This resulted in Bai Bai He jokingly said that he was treated differently by the director because both Wallace and Raman Hui were born and bred in Hong Kong.
Wallace’s character is a narcissistic rich trader who intends to get rid of Wuba, by eating him. This is a world where humans are not afraid to eat monsters. This makes me wonder who is scarier, humans or monsters? Thus he offers a lucrative bounty to catch Wuba. This resulted in all monster hunters going after him.
Having a supporting role in the movie, Wallace’s character (if I remember correctly, his name was never mentioned at all) doesn’t have much development. There is just not enough time for me to “get into” his character. This is due to the fact that the movie is heavily focused on Wuba. Even the two main human roles did not leave a deep impression on me. After the movie ended, all I can think of is Wuba.
I mean, take a look at this cutie pie! Who would not be smitten by him?
Some creative fans made some pictures and animated images, comparing Wallace and Wuba. Do you think they look alike?
LMAO, I think I missed this scene in The Stand In, oh Wallace.
I think we will all agree that both Wuba and Wallace are super duper cute!
Wuba and the Minions looking like they are brothers.
Of course, I will include Wallace’s personal ‘gif’ from the movie. See, how satisfied he is with his handsome face lol.
Aiya, two Wallaces fighting?? My money is on Qiao Feng 😛
Peanut: Hey, Wallace only has these 3 costumes in the movie?
Now that you mentioned it, Wallace basically only appeared 3 times in the movie… Oops, why did I think that he has a lot of screen time? I think it is because he has a more important role here compared to movies such as “Girls,” “The Continent” and “Drug War.” Seriously, Wallace needs to stop being a ‘kalefe’ (a bit part actor in Cantonese in movie…
Hey Wuba, you are in the arms of my male god, so you shouldn’t be crying.
Peanuts: If Wallace intends to eat you up, will you cry :P?
Although Wallace’s role in the movie is small, do watch it for him as well as the very adorable Wuba. I am going to watch it again this weekend hehe.
Even though I watched it for the second time, it was still very enjoyable. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it more this time around. Those scenes that didn’t touch me when I first watched them, made me emotional the second time. Even Wallace’s performance looked more convincing when I watched it for the second time.
When I first watched it, I only focused on the comedic parts. But I’m able to watch it from another point of view the second time. This movie is not just about how adorable Wuba is. It also showed that the bond of friendship can exist regardless of whether they’re monsters or humans. Even monsters have feelings too, and they can coexist and live together with humans in harmony. It also shows that the family bond will always be strong and unbroken, no matter what happened.
At the end of the movie, Tian Yin finally understood how his father felt when he left him. Hence he decided to go and find his father to get to know him better.
This is a movie that’s suitable for all age groups, including couples, families and friends.
I am planning to watch it for the third time lol (I have my reasons).
I wonder if I will still have teary eyes for the same scenes for the third time.
Trailers with English subtitles :