Army Daze is an iconic Singaporean comedy movie portraying a group of diverse Singaporean teenagers as they enter their National Service. This coming-of-age movie has been adapted into stage plays and theatrical productions due to it's massive appeal to Singaporeans from all walks of life.
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Boy, how I wish I was a boy
I first watched Army Daze when I was 7 and absolutely enjoyed myself. 12 years down the road, and I am still equally amused.
The cast was great in portraying their roles, and this is definitely one of my favourite local movies to date. I have to say that the recent Ah Boys To Men movie fails in comparison to this. Comedic moments come out at just the right moment without it feeling like they were trying too hard. People of different walks of Singapore were portrayed without being overly dramatic.
Don’t bother trying to top this one movie producers, because this is the epitome of what an army comedy movie should be.
Want stomach aches from laughing ? Watch this movie
Army daze is a hilarious comedy movie flick which I really enjoyed. It's a movie you can watch with your family and can laugh about. The cast is well blended, with different races and sizes of actors, which makes the movie so much more lively.
The movie revolves around a bunch of men entering National service. The movie shows how they learn to work with each other and survive in the army. The movie is very hilarious and my favourite part would be the one where they go for field camp. Their Seargent will ask them to cameo and the big guy will just put one leaf on his helmet. I laughed till I could not breathe. Very funny movie, but I think some of the jokes only us locals will understand. This movie is a good stepping platform for people inspiring to become a filmmaker as it is a local movie.
I'll definitely watch this movie another time because the comedy never grows old. I recommend this movie to my younger cousins to watch and we laugh together.
A Singaporean Classic
This amusing, if somewhat inaccurate portrayal of National Service should go down as a Singaporean classic.
Aside from stories from friends, this was the only inkling I had of what NS life would be like. Needless to say, reality was not as funny and the events of the show were somewhat inaccurate.
Still, Army Daze makes for a fabulous comedy. Also, what is true is how boys from all walks of life come together. The training breaks down your differences and forges a bond between the trainees much like what you see in Army Daze.
This is a satire, a comedy, a coming-of-age movie, and a feel good movie all in one.
Army Daze is a movie about a group of fresh recruits of various races and backgrounds entering their national service. The movie is refreshingly comedic for a film of its time, and pokes fun at local stereotypes. It also confronts the fears of fresh recruits as they are about to step into their life in National Service, and probably gives viewers a good look into what goes on during National Service.
Although the storylines in Army Daze could definitely be improved, and the dialogues made less cliched, it's definitely one of the most comedic local films that I have watched. The movie places emphasis on how recruits from different walks of life get together and learn how to accept one another, and although the film may not touch the heart and does not really inspire any morals in its viewers, the feel-good and easy going nature of this movie makes it literally impossible to dislike.
Having watched Army Daze shortly after catching Ah Boys to Men, I have to say that I would prefer Army Daze to the recent film. Although Ah Boys to Men beats Army Daze by a long shot in terms of cinematography, there's just something about the earnestness of Army Daze that makes it the more likeable film.
Perhaps cinemas ought to start bringing Army Daze back. It's definitely a good film that shouldn't be lost to the younger generations!
Funny feel-good film
I recently watched this again when it was screened for free at the Arts House. It sounds like a very typical army propaganda movie where you have the usual mix of characters from different backgrounds, coming together as boys to grow up. But I didn't actually feel offended by any propaganda. Rather, I just thought it was a feel-good film, since there was no villain. It was quite funny and the characters really played their part really well, which helped to keep the show together.
My sister said the recent Ah Boys to Men is better but I haven't watched it so I can't speak for myself. Maybe what was lacking here was a general plot because it just focused on random highlights in Basic Military Training (BMT) and ended with them completing BMT. Nevertheless, it was satisfying just for a little good ol' army daze laughs.
What girls don't know
Army Daze offers insights to the lives of young men undergoing National Service in Singapore. Even though the happenings in the movie are inaccurate, I highly regard the ability of the production crew to cleverly integrate comedy into showcasing the Singapore lifestyle.
Many film-lovers dissed the humble local movie for its poor camera-work and propaganda-based storyline. Many of them claimed that the film was a blatant attempt at convincing young men about to enlist for NS that life there is fun-filled and crazy.
Personally, I was entertained by how the men from all different walks of life came together despite their differences. The characters were well-played by the cast. I was satisfied with how the movie ended, as it did not have the cliche "we'll be friends forever" ending.
All in all, the movie was better than expected despite my inability to understand some of the dialects used. It is a waste that the movie is no longer showing in cinemas.
I paid to watch this movie
When Army Daze was released, I actually paid to watch it. I had read the comic many times over and was very familiar with the story. So when the movie was released, I found that it was pretty faithful to the comic.
There is a minus point to that, nothing in the movie would have surprised me, so it would be down to the acting and cinematography (if any) to wow me. Most of the actors were pretty unknown and raw. Some were not even actors by a longshot. But points have to be given to them for their earnestness in making the comic come alive.
The National Heritage Board should preserve a copy of this movie as a part of Singapore's movie-making heritage.
Being a Singaporean male and thus obligated to serve two years of National Service, this film was of particular interest to me. Although I was too young at that time to watch the film when it debuted, I managed to watch it when I was older, and the messages that I gotten were touching to an extent.
The group of teenagers in the film come from a range of backgrounds, races, and religions. Yet as they enter the army, they all bond together and forge friendships that is the driving catalyst of the movie. In real life, it may be a tad idealistic to assume everything will end up perfect, but it shows how National Service transforms people. The fact that it is a comedy does not hurt things, as the horrid circumstances inside camps are dramatised and made into a joke, enabling even civilians to enjoy it.
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Uniquely Singapore experience
Between the Singlish, the stereotypical local characters and the hilarious portrayal of a rite of passage every SIngaporean male has to go through, nothing screams "Uniquely Singapore" more than Army Daze. Despite having been released some time ago (as is made obvious by the film quality), I find this movie to be as relevant and enjoyable as ever. My relatives and I make it a point to watch it before any of the boys in our family go for National Service and we find the movie just as hilarious each time we watch it. This is probably the best local movie to date, so if you're looking for an accurate(questionable) representation of Singapore army life, or even just a feel-good movie, Army Daze is definitely for you.