MY BOO (อนงค์) (2024)

Genre: Comedy/Horror
Director: “Est” Komgrit Triwimol
Cast: “Bow” Maylada Susri, “Jee” Sutthirak Subvijitra, “Time” Dharmthai Plangsilp, Chaleumpol Tikumpornteerawong, Tatchaya Supatanyasatit, Punyawee Jungcharoen
Runtime: 2 hrs 5 mins
Rating: NC16 (Some violence and disturbing scenes)
Released By: Golden Village Pictures
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Opening Day: 6 June 2024

Synopsis: "Joe", a young gamer, inherits a haunted house, along with its resident ghosts. However, neither the human nor the ghosts want to leave. Soon, Joe and the ghosts decide to join hands in operating a haunted house to attract visitors for income. As the days passed, Joe finds the resident ghosts endearing, especially Anong, whom he becomes attracted to…

Movie Review:

Some of the scariest horror movies we’ve seen are from Thailand, and they do a fine job of sending chills down our spines with their foreboding narratives, atmospheric tension and supernatural elements rooted in traditional beliefs. Banjong Pisanthanakun and Parkpoom Wongpoom’s phenomenal success Shutter (2004) made us never to underestimate shoulder pains again, while anthology film 4bia (2008) delivered four times the scares in one sitting. There are many other examples of commendable Thair horror flicks, and this title by “Est” Komgrit Triwimol definitely isn’t one of them – just look at the two pretty faces on the movie poster.

We are not dissing the movie, because it is a great romantic comedy that you’ll want to bring your date to watch. The premise is unbelievably sweet, and while there are many aspects of the storyline that defy logic, it is ultimately a moving tale of how a (handsome) guy and a (pretty) girl are brought together despite supernatural obstacles.

We first meet Joe (“Jee” Sutthirak Subvijitra), a carefree gamer with no responsibilities and ambitions. In a funny sequence, the poor guy realises he doesn’t inherit any of his deceased grandfather’s properties but thanks to his cousin, he is given the opportunity to take over a dilapidated (and haunted, of course) house located in a rural area. There is a trio of ghosts living in the house led by the former owner Anong (“Bow” Maylada Susri), who died a tragic death with her two servants. When they first appear on screen, the funny way of how one ghost’s head drops and the other ghost’s intestines flow out of her body is a sign that this isn’t going to be a frightening movie.

Soon, Joe gets acquainted with the three ghosts living in the house in no time, and even convinces them to be part of a business plan to make money from people who like scaring themselves in haunted house tourist attractions. This setup allows for some comedy, and there are some good natured laughs. The fun lasts for a while, and Joe and Anong naturally become close. For the viewers, it is about seeing how this romance between a human being and a ghost is going to end.

With a 125 minute runtime, the movie focuses quite substantially on the romantic bits, with the protagonists spending time together (there is a hilarious sequence where Anong has to possess the body of Joe’s male friend to go on a date), admiring fireworks and exchanging longing looks. Audiences who are looking forward to horror and comedy may feel that the movie is moving slowly at times, but the saccharinely pure love between Joe and Anong will move fans of the romance genre.

Just when you wonder how the leads will find resolution in this impossible relationship, the filmmakers throw in a supposed twist as the movie approaches its ending that will win the approval of die hard romantics. Regardless of whether it is a possibility in real life, the happy ending will make you smile.   

Movie Rating:

(The extremely sweet premise of this Thai supernatural rom-com will win the approval of die-hard romantics)

Review by John Li

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