Sunday, August 18, 2013

短評《激戰》

部份中外講拳手的電影,不外乎一老一青配搭:老的那位是師傅,曾經風光,中年潦倒;年青那個璞玉待磨,渾渾噩噩,只欠伯樂。二人因緣相遇,緊接是一大段「艱險我奮進」的訓練情節,高潮在擂台上,徒弟不斷接受挑戰,跌倒再爬起,最終當上拳王,找到自己的目標,師傅亦老懷安慰,重拾自豪感。觀眾心情激盪,鼓掌,落幕。

入場看《激戰》,打了三分二,都是差不多以上的套路,我心想:仲唔比我估中?哈,偏讓你猜不著。

情節還是盡量少談了,免破壞觀眾發掘電影的情趣,但這套電影真得一讚。林超賢和張家輝完全擺脫了前作《證人》、《線人》的沉重和宿命感,導與演都顯得揮灑自如;張家輝訓練彭于晏已招數盡出,他尾段自我訓練時還有什麼橋段?難得導演沒有重複;最好看的不是擂台戲(當然這拍得很好,肉緊非常,兩位評述員亦字字珠璣,為觀眾解畫),而是文戲﹣﹣張家輝如何面對人到中年的處境。

彭于晏作為一名流浪回家後發現爸爸破產的富二代,他要打擂台,有其堅持和目標,靠的是年青人唔知死的衝勁;而張家輝男人四十(戲中年紀是四十八歲),他要打擂台,「為自己做點什麼」,本身已代表一切,不必明言。沒有累積一點人生經驗與智慧,怎能拍得出這樣的戲?《激戰》的確是佳作。

(縱要批評,也不是電影「問題」,純綷是個人觀感﹣﹣不喜歡少女的角色太老積,而女主角又太歇斯底里而已。)

3 comments:

oz said...

Having watched the film and being over 48 plus, I found the line 中年男人想為自己做點東西好有共鳴. Isn't it why we suddenly have all these people coming out (including academics and ex-broadcasters) to trying to do something!

Leona said...

Hi oz,

It's been a while since I received this comment from you. Where have you been, my friend? How are you?

The film is indeed great. I'm way from that age but somehow I can understand those emotions - haha maybe I'm such a wise gal :)

leona

shangri_la said...

"中年男人想為自己做點東西"

I guess this is what psychologists call mid-life crisis. But of course reading it from the paper is quite different from actually feeling it.

BTW, I always wonder, the urge to make some changes about one's life, or "do something" so to speak, when reaching 40s is based on the assumption that average human lifespan is about 70-plus years and you have realized life maybe more than halfway over. But what if we have a different average lifespan? Would we arrive midlife crisis at a different age even if we had the same amount of life experience? Or would we age mentally at the different rate if we lived longer or lived shorter?