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I Miss U: Better in Halves
  By Sorradithep Supachanya / 1 June 2012
 

 

 

Paradoxically, the horror and the romance elements in Thai director Monthon Arayangkuls romantic-horror flick I Miss U work best on their own but struggle to produce a cohesive, synergizing result when combined.

Every day for two years since the tragic car accident that killed his fianc?, Thana (Jesadaporn Pholdee), a young and handsome surgeon, lays flower bouquets on the busy highway where she has died, orders two cups of coffee at his hospitals canteen, and sits on the same table in the restaurant where he has proposed to her. But when Bee (Apinya Sakuljaroensuk), a new resident doctor, tries to persuade him to move on, she starts experiencing the terrifying jealousy of his ghost fianc? (Natthaweeranuch Thongmee).

A womans rage is, in itself, scary. And helped by lonely shots of a deserted hospital at night, coupled with a repeated use of a shrieking film score, the horror half comprises several sufficiently frightening scenes to please fans of ghost movies. Meanwhile, the well-crafted romantic half is sweet and poignant, yet painfully heartbreaking. With a universal plot about love and loss, augmented by a timely use of a heart-wrenching soundtrack, the romantic half succeeds in making the audience believe in the power of eternal love.

But juxtaposing them results in an addlepated story, with frequently interrupted emotions and convoluted motivations. When the audience starts to lose themselves in the bittersweet romance of the two leads, the hair-raising, adrenaline-rushed thriller kicks in. The greatest mismatch lies in the ghost fianc?s vengeful actions, which fuel much of the horror halfs excitement, against her self-sacrificing dialogue in the climax scene, creating a perpetually contradicting narrative.

 

 

Despite modulating between the two halves, the three leads competently hold their own. Jesadaporn is convincing as a grief-stricken survivor refusing to cicatrize. Natthaweeranuch conveys a full range of emotions even with parsimonious spoken lines. And Apinya Sakuljaroensuk proficiently displays conflicted feelings required of her character. In a minor but scene-stealing role, Inthira Charoenpura shines as a callipygous, concupiscent cougar intending to capture Thanas heart at all costs.

As the directors third consecutive horror film, I Miss U demonstrates a well-thought attempt to differentiate but struggles to seamlessly stitch up its horror and romantic sides. Ultimately uneven and at times self-contradicting, the movie embodies the saying two halves dont necessarily make a whole.

   

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