Friday, July 11, 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom

I don't get out much, but I do go to the movies.
Last night I was off to see "Wanted", paid for my ticket and was late as usual, so ran to the screen, got in there the movie had started. I'd missed the first ten minutes. Bugger.

So I sat down and within 30 seconds I realised two things:

1/ I was loving this movie already
2/ it was not the movie I came to see.

in my haste, I'd run into the wrong screen (div) and here I was watching Jackie Chan as his Drunken Master kicking the shit out of countless bad guys on a dirt track somewhere in China.

Then Jet Li as the Monkey King, wow. I was Smiling all the way through this movie.
Laughing alot too.

I grew up watching "Monkey" and I really thought it was him for a minute. (I know, I'm soft in the head)

If you love Kung Fu (you've probably seen this already) go to see the two Legends of Martial Arts movies knocking the crap out of each other, or as they would tell it, Sparring.

Fair play, there were nods to Bruce Lee too, like when teaching their Student I heard the Taoist teachings of Jeet kune do.

One of the best martial arts movies I've seen, not just chop socky, but the acting, direction, storyline, effects, cgi and wirework was all tastefully done and made a very well rounded movie. It was so good, I kept wondering why I could understand them talking and at times thinking "Havn't they Sync'd the lips well?"
I was glad to hear some Manderin once in a while.

Oh, and for what its worth, I thought Michael Angarano who was in "Sky High", was excellent, an odd chioce it would seem, but I loved the twist on the original epic story "Journey to the west"

Go see it.

5 Stars

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