Friday, January 16, 2015

The Forbidden Kingdom


Touted at the time as the first movie to star both Jackie Chan and Jet Li, The Forbidden Kingdom is about a traveler from the modern day going back into Ancient China.  His task is to return the staff to the Monkey King.  It is a fantasy epic and a fairly decent one, if you like stories where the protagonist begins with no knowledge but accumulates it throughout the journey to overcome the villain at the end, then this movie is good.  One of the thing that does stand out is that while 99% of the cast is Asian, in order to appeal to Western audiences the main character is not.  Not saying that it is bad but it sticks out… a lot.  Otherwise, the numerous fight scenes are good although you see that a few tends to rely on poor quality CGI.  The special effects were very obvious and fake.  The story’s pacing is decent, spending just enough time to set it up and off it goes.  It makes it easier to watch although the final fight wasn’t as good as you would have hoped.  It’s a fun movie and unique in its concept.

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