Movie Review: The Lee Saga, “Must Watch. Will Disappoint.”
The past 2 days promised a grand resolution of the events that captured Singapore’s imagination since 14th June. Yet despite cinematic proportions, most of us are still left scratching our heads. As such, we can only respond as we would to a badly scripted movie.

“I watched it and now I need another drink. How is it even possible to drink for 2 days straight? I’m blaming any side effects on this damn show.” –

The Lee Saga’s opening sequence promised a climax it couldn’t deliver. Having arrived theatrically in the wee hours of Facebook, its flaccid ending was ultimately a letdown. If movies like this can’t try harder, at least last a little longer!” – ★★

“Finally, a locally-produced educational work of art without a touch of Singlish! Looking forward to adding the words “recuse”, “ozymandias” and “dogsbody” into my everyday language! Would like to see more of this in future.” – ★★★★★   

“Funnily enough, for a film marketed as under National Interest, no regular men on the street were cast. Next time consider filing it under the ‘Elite and Privileged’ genre perhaps?” – ★★  

“At least the plot moved faster than SMRT: The Breakdown.” – ★★★★

“If you were a fan of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, prepare to be disappointed. The only thing this movie does right by him is that the main characters all slightly resemble him in appearance. Oh, and like its prequel Separation, there’s a bit of tearing up in The Lee Saga.” –


Needs practice.
“As a drama-thriller it is horrifyingly dull. As a masterclass in evasion tactics, it is a tour de force.” –

The Lee Saga excels at being unrelatable. Fighting over whether to preserve a house is just another #richpeopleproblem. Singaporeans are too busy saving just to afford a BTO flat. No wonder the international release did so badly.” – ★★

“Unlike what the trailer promised, the antagonists—Ling and Yang— were conspicuously absent. They might play the voice of God, but that just doesn’t cut it for me.” –

“Expected an experimental film of a house being demolished over 48 hours. Instead, watched grown men tell each other how sorry they feel for each other. 5 consolation stars because I think the movie genuinely wanted to be good. It just couldn’t.” – ★★★★★

“Burst out laughing when Low Thia Khiang said “this is not a Korean drama show.” I agree. A Korean drama show is better—there is usually more crying and hand wringing. 3 stars for comedic effect. – ★★★  

The underdogs clearly having fun is the movie's only saving grace.
“Worse than Baywatch, at least the handsome guys in that show were self-aware enough to flaunt what was actually worth flaunting.” – ★★  

“I don’t understand the need for so many extras, the Lees steal the show entirely. Meanwhile, the supporting cast of ministers are evidently just along for the ride. With little to no character development, their roles are at best, a cheap accessory.” –

“High production values, big budget, poor vision. Would have done much better as a comic strip on the Life section of the Straits Times.” –

“Props to the casting director for letting the minor roles be played by Chinese men, and for letting all the wonderful, provocative moments come from minority MPs. PAP’s Zaqy Mohamad, in particular, was exceptional. Very progressive!” – ★★★★

“The idea of a secret ministerial committee as the main plot device was fresh and exciting but also slightly absurd. What’s next? A secret knitting club?” – ★★★

“Lee Hsien Loong’s acting skills need a serious upgrade. Stop playing the victim! Next time, add in some sad background music. At least then I could have closed my eyes and pretended to believe it.” – ★★

“Surprised this didn’t go straight to DVD.” –

Final verdict: ★★

“Watch when you owe someone an apology, and need to convince them you’re trying to be a better person, but don’t actually mean it. Otherwise, a great film franchise to help the kids fall asleep.”

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