Mr Kiasu 2.0 review: Unfunny writing makes me 'ai see'

The '90s comic book icon has been resurrected by mm2 Entertainment as a web series, Mr Kiasu 2.0.

16/6/2021 5:00:00 PM

Mr Kiasu, the '90s comic book icon which was made into a Channel 5 sitcom starring Chew Chor Meng, has been resurrected by mm2 Entertainment as a reboot web series, Mr Kiasu 2.0, streaming on Mediacorp's meWatch.

The '90s comic book icon has been resurrected by mm2 Entertainment as a web series, Mr Kiasu 2.0.

·Mr Kiasu 2.0. starring Jaspers Lai.Producers: Ng Say Yong, Toong Soo Wei, Johnny Lau, Benny Koh, Tong Khoon MunDirector: Cheng Chai HongCast: Jaspers Lai, Joey Pink, Farah Lola, Dasa Dharamahsena, Jo Tan, Mark KinoshitaLanguage: EnglishRelease details: Streaming on meWatch from 28 May

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2 out of 5 starsSINGAPORE — Mr Kiasu, the '90s comic book icon which was made into a Channel 5 sitcom starring Chew Chor Meng, has been resurrected by mm2 Entertainment as a reboot web series, Mr Kiasu 2.0, streaming on Mediacorp's meWatch. The series stars Jaspers Lai as the title character and comprises six short episodes ranging in length from 15-20 minutes. Even so, I found it hard to get through even a couple of episodes due to the poor writing.

Firstly, does "kiasu-ism" – the fear of losing out to others, the drive to outcompete others by any means – even resonate with Singaporeans any more? The Mr Kiasu comics were cute two or three decades ago because they reflected genuine social attitudes, even if the norm of kiasu-ism was more negative than desirable. Aren't we nowadays aspiring towards an inclusiveness and compassionate society, instead of a dog-eat-dog world? Why dredge up this outdated relic of a mentality from the '90s? Does Mr Kiasu still have anything to teach us today?  headtopics.com

In any case, the producers couldn't even commit to the original Kiasu character. Jaspers doesn't sport the iconic crew cut hairstyle which Chew Chor Meng bore in the TV adaptation, and the kiasu-ness of this incarnation of Kiasu extends merely as far as hogging office pastries for himself. 

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