Director: Eric Khoo
Cast: Bosco Francis, Jathishweran, Seet Keng
Yew, Jason Lim, Kalaiselvi Grace
RunTime: 1 hr 22 mins
Released By: GV & Zhao Wei Films
Official Website: www.zhaowei.com/mymagic
Day: 25 September 2008
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Francis (Bosco Francis) is a man at the end of is tether.
The former magician often takes solace in the bottle and barely
ekes out a living as a cleaner in a nightclub. He has a 10-year-old
son he loves desperately, but sorrow, guilt and constant inebriation
have made him an ineffectual father. The son (Jathishweran)
is a stoic ‘old soul’ who has learned to bury
his affection for his old man and to cope with his chaotic
life. A broken spirit and a single parent, Francis hopes to
redeem himself and win his son’s love and respect. He
makes a painful - and bizarre – return to magic. An
unexpected incident one night sets father and son on the road.
In a dilapidated building, these two wounded souls come to
terms with their love - a love which is as deep and acute
as their grief.
The first thing that stood out in My Magic was that raw cinematography
that is reminiscent of director Eric Khoo’s debut Mee
Pok Man. The editing and material presented also felt rather
unpolished as compared to what local films are offering nowadays.
eventually as the story progress, Francis Bosco and young
Jathishweran’s strong performance easily swept me into
their world of uneasy kinship and predicament. Francis Bosco’s
screen presence and charisma are undeniable. His portrayal
of an intoxicated alcoholic created the dreary notion of being
stuck as a family member with him. When he started performing
those flesh piercing, glass eating and other dangerous magic
stunts on screen, it’s hard to keep the eyes off those
gut wrenching scenes.
also turn in a stellar performance as the long suffering son.
He did well to transmit the sense of vulnerableness as a kid
who is constantly being harassed by his dad and his peers.
He continues to enrapt the viewers with his strength and will
to survive through those difficult periods of his life.
their strong performance, the themes presented in this movie
also resonate with me. The film touches on the issue of addiction
and I am sure that everyone has a form of addiction to various
degrees. It’s difficult not to yield to temptation even
one acknowledges the harms and problems that it brings to
oneself and the love ones. It really boiled down to the choice
of continuous succumbing to addiction or making a stand against
addiction for the sake of love ones.
the movie was almost at its ends, it unravel another aspect
of the story that’s being told and the whole drinking
problem was shown in a new light. In fact, the subtle twist
and revelation that happens in this movie felt like a magic
act. Just when you thought you have a character pegged, it
turns and revealed something else.
my webmaster starts accusing me of being lazy in coming up
with only one word for the one liner to sum up this movie
with, I would like to offer my
excuse reason for it.
The final scene left me utterly captivated and at that moment,
I knew what my one liner would be to sum up My Magic as there’s
really no point in adding any more words to it.
Review by Richard Lim Jr