Fighting Spiders is a blockbuster drama television program from Singapore, created by Ngin Chiang Meng and Jenny Lim.
The show is set in the 1960s and centers around three boys who set out on a journey to find the legend that is the King Spider.
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I quite like Fighting Spiders because the story is quite relatable and it is pretty funny. I especially the fat boy - Charlie, who is played by Liang ShiJie. I have seen him quite a few times from the shows I used to watch when I was a little kid on Channel 8 on weekend mornings, but I haven't seen the rest of the child actors before.
I have to say I am pretty impressed with the acting - they seem pretty natural, considering they are just child actors/actresses. I don't really like Kimberly Chia though, it might just be me but I find her acting slightly awkward as compared to the rest of her co-stars.
I like the whole concept - how the story revolves around these three boys who really are boys at heart, yet struggling to deal with their family situations and the obstacles life throws at them. I would recommend the show to everyone, because i'll bet it will pull at your heart strings and give you a strong sense of nostalgia.
It's quite difficult nowadays for me to actually sit down in front of the TV, what more for a local drama, since I've got the Internet to keep me entertained.. but Fighting Spiders was an exception.
I would near-religiously watch every single episode. I love every single characters (especially Peter because I have a thing for British guys) and I love the plot and the setting/timing of the whole show. I know I sound like a fangirl.. because I am, when it comes to this show.
I was really sad when the last season ended because I could never and probably would never get enough of Fighting Spiders. Here's to another season!
I found myself glued to this television show! The way it was filmed, the technique, made the show step out of the ordinary boundaries. The script was simple awesome. The gathered cast was perfection. There were children acting as leads in the show. Some were child actors whom I have never came across before. They blew me away. It didn't seem like they were robots who were forced to regurgitate a string of words found in the script. They unleashed their acting abilities supremely well. It was definitely a pleasant show to see what with the casts acting all natural.
The storyline was like no other. It, too, captured the Singapore essence. Fighting Spiders brilliantly resurrected the games kampung villagers engaged in several years ago. The setting looked impressively authentic. Fighting Spiders is certainly not some random show that filmed in a man made box plastered with vintage settings.
I didn't watch the whole series of fighting spiders because, honestly, the show wasn't that captivating.
In terms of the cinematography, the camera shots and colours used in the show was pretty good. I like the set,which was realistic, and the colours gave one a rustic sense that fitted with the time period in the drama
Now, the acting is mixed, but I must say that some characters really showed strong, believable personalities. Most of the good acting came from the adults. The children were not very good, hoesntly speaking, so I would say that the directorial choice to put the three children as the main leads was not a very good one. I was never captivated by their acting.
The main setback for this drama series is the plot and text itself. The plot structure is too draggy and failed to draw me in. Too much development and exposition without the ups and downs of drama. The text borders on the zone of monotony.
Nevertheless, this drama seriies definitely shows improvement in comparison to previous local shows. The stylistic and dramatic choices employed are more conscious. It's a good stepping stone for further development of the local arts industry. (: