Starring: Preechaya Pongthananikorn, Sunny Suwanmethanon, Aoi Sora
Director: Mez Tharatorn
Running Time: 116 mins
I Fine.. Thank You.. Love You is a Thai film about a man who takes up lessons with an English tutor in an attempt to keep his girlfriend as she moves to America for work, but soon develops a strong bond with the tutor herself.
This is a fairly fun and easy-going romantic comedy, and although it may not prove to be anything particularly original or surprising, it has a good sense of humour throughout, coupled with a pair of likable performances that cement it as a film to make you smile, albeit not much else.
If you’re looking for an easy-going romantic comedy, then this is exactly the sort of thing that should float your boat, but while it doesn’t excel in breaking any of the clichés of the genre, I have to say that I was hugely entertained by its comedy – particularly in the opening act.
It doesn’t quite sustain it right the way through, however the film’s first half an hour or so is a right laugh, with a fantastically wacky opening scene that’s followed up by some pleasantly ridiculous farce, inevitable but fluffy and enjoyable romantic tension, and a couple of very simplistic yet pleasingly funny gags here and there, all of which started things off on a great footing, and had me laughing on a pretty consistent basis.
What’s more is that the lead performances from Preechaya Pongthananikorn and Sunny Suwanmethanon are very likable. They’re not quite exceptional, and their delivery of dialogue (whether it be in English or Thai) is a little jarring at times, but the pair have a fun chemistry on screen with one another, and they fit in well with the movie’s lightweight vibe, as such making things all the more pleasant to watch.
With that said, however, things do take somewhat of a disappointing dip over the course of the film’s remainder. It remains a fun and easy-going rom-com with a pleasantly fluffy atmosphere, but the shifting focus from a pure comedy to a more run-of-the-mill romance is a little disappointing, and by the end, it shifts into very generic gear with a predictable and less than satisfying conclusion to the whole affair.
It’s a shame, because when this film feels like it’s having fun, it really is an enjoyable watch, as shown with that brilliantly wacky opening act, so I felt that it wasn’t necessary for it to take such a generic and sappy route to maintain my enjoyment throughout, and I would have liked to see a more consistent and funny comedy all the way through.
Again, it’s nothing awful, and with an excellent beginning, and two delightful lead performances, it is a pleasant and easy-going film that’s perfect to sit back and watch with your brained turned right off. However, things do take a disappointingly predictable and simplistic route to the finish, at the expense of the film’s fun-loving and entertaining comedy, and that’s why I’m giving it a 7.1 overall.