16 August 2008

Mad about English

I watched this documentary about some Chinese people learning English in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics at Lido last night. It was entertaining initially but it got tedious later due to its repetitive nature despite being only about 90 minutes long. There were lots of cheap laughs in the form of forgettable, half-formed vignettes, not unlike skits seen in youtube or Saturday Night Life. I thought Mad about English' opened a window to the psyche and hopes of many common Chinese in Beijing. It was by no means a broad-based cross-section but it could be reflective in some aspects. Besides, it was quite entertaining for most parts. 6/10

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