THE JOY LUCK CLUB – Film Review by: Breanna B.

“In America, I will have a daughter just like me. But over there, nobody will say her worth is measured by the loudness of her husbands belch. Over there, nobody will look down on her because I will make her speak only perfect American English. And over there, she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow.”  The Joy Luck Club is based on the book, The Joy Luck Club, written by Amy Tan.  It is a story of four Asian women and their daughters.  These women met in feudal China through their church.  Each week, they came together to play mah-jong, hoping that they would become lucky and win.  This wish for luck was their only joy.  The women all move to America and have a daughter.  This movie tells of the struggles that the mothers had while living in China and how their lives affect those of their daughters.

The actresses and actors played their roles really well.  Jing-mei “June” Woo, is the newest member of the Joy Luck club.  She took her mother’s, Suyuan Woo, place after her death.  While I was reading the book, I always thought of June as to be a rebel.  But while watching the movie, she seemed sweet and merely a misunderstood child.  After June’s mother’s death, she plans to go to China to find her long lost sisters.  Suyuan Woo is June’s mother.  Her daughter and sisters have never forgiven her for one thing she did, and that was leaving twin babies on the side of the road.  Waverly Jong, played by Tamlyn Tomita, seems as a sort of attention seeker to me.  She has a sort of rivalry with June.  When she was younger, she had incredible talents which led her to be a national chess champion.  She soon quit chess, for attention as it seems to m.  When she decides to play again, she realizes she has lost this natural talent.

This movie is constructed by showing a torrent of flashbacks from each of the four women.  I think that they could have lead to each person’s story in a different in a more interesting way.  I also believe that the movie should have explained in more detail how the four mothers were connected to each other, as in what led them to meet each other.  I did enjoy, though, how the story began with June’s story, and also ended with her story.  That was a nice way to conclude everything.

In conclusion, I would rate The Joy Luck Club a 7 out of 10.  This is probably not a movie that I would just watch for mere entertainment.  I only viewed this since I enjoyed the book.  It contains great morals.  All these mothers come to America hoping that their children will have the best life, and be whatever they wish to be.  Upon living here, though, they realize that their America daughters have lost their Chinese roots.  It’s one of those movies where you either hate it, or love it.  I would recommend this movie for men and women ages 15 and older.  This movie is more on the dramatic side, so if you’re looking for an adventure or comedy, I wouldn’t  advise you to watch this.


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