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This Girl Is Badass [Blu-ray]
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In fact, "This Girl is Badass" is not a bona fide action movie. This is more like an action comedy with too little martial arts and too much comedy. The film's storyline is almost non-existent. You meet the heroine's kind "Uncle" Wang (Petchtai Wongkamlao, who also directs) and her love-smitten childhood friend Duan (Chalerm Yamchamang). You get several nice action set-pieces in "This Girl is Badass," but, entertaining as they are, they need more energy and creative ideas.
The comedy with cartoonish jokes (with a few rom-com elements) is a change of pace for the star Jeeja Yanin. The "Chocolate" star is surprisingly effective as an ordinary girl who has a crush on a handsome singer in her neighborhood. It is unfortunate that the thread is discarded rather unceremoniously.
It seems there is more than one version of the movie. If so, that will explain some subplots that do not make sense at all (like Uncle Wang's past, for instance).
Whichever version you watch, "This Girl is Badass" is not an action-packed movie that you might be led to believe from the name of the star. The action you get here is acceptable, but those who are looking for intense martial arts action of "Chocolate" will be disappointed.
HOWEVER, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would rather watch this movie, where the film-makers and actors all seem to be having fun and there is a clever, creative atmosphere at play here (emphasis on PLAY, I swear, the actor who seems to be half Western, is cracking up in a lot of scenes!), than any amount of paint by number Hollywood tripe that lands at the local cineplex. There are bizarre characters (the two mob bosses, the lovesick Duang), weird and strange scenes that make no sense (the birthday scene), but that just infused the vibe of the film with a trippy kind of zaniness that I found infectious and completely cheerful!
If you're looking for great action, look elsewhere, if you want a light diversion that will tickle you and you enjoy looking at Jeeja (who doesn't?) try it!
I would watch this again, it's not great but it has some heart, creativity and life. More than can be said for most movies from this country.