Tag Archives: Jet Li

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

14 Jul

The Sorcerer and the White Snake

The Sorcerer and the White Snake is a Chinese fantasy film based on a story that has been passed down for generations. Although, some of the cultural references will be lost on domestic audiences, the poor acting from the supporting characters cannot be ignored.The female actresses (Huang Shengyi and Charlene Choi) are gorgeous, but their love stories are beyond juvenile and much too drawn out.  Jet Li’s character is interesting as a demon “buster” monk, but the film is not about him. His kung fu powers serves as the story’s deus ex machina.  I am sure young people who enjoy shape-shifting and demons will find this very polished film entertaining, but for me, I was bored out of my mind.

WORD COUNT: 120

Chuck’s Grade: D

Adam’s Grade: N/A

HERO meets his match

26 Aug

Hero is not your ordinary Chinese martial art film. It is a visual masterpiece that uses color to communicate the film’s emotion to audiences. Jet Li stars as the nameless hero that attempts to assassinate the King of Qin, but first he must figure out a way to get close enough to his target. The film is a series of flashbacks that reveal key episodes behind Li’s journey to the King’s Palace.

Director Zhang Yimou balances a worthy script with a beautiful design concept and some of the best kung fu ever seen on film.  The highly anticipated duel between Li and Donnie Yen does not disappoint the most rabid martial art fans, but the true power of the film comes from the trio of actors, Tony Leung, Zhang Ziyi, and Maggie Cheung creating and re-creating different levels of tension through a series of vignettes that ultimately reveals the Hero’s difficult decision.

My decision is easy. Its a great film.

WORD COUNT: 159

Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: B+

The Expendables 2: What You See is What You Get

19 Aug

The aging action stars suit up again for another kill em all, cheesey one-liner film that takes the body count to record heights with the addition of Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme to the cast. If you are looking for a serious action drama with a probable story line, this is NOT the movie for you. My friend and I were laughing in the theater and on the way to our cars in the parking lot at the number of illogical action sequences and dialogue in this film. Don’t get me wrong. We loved every minute of the ridiculousness of this film because that is what we signed up for. The Expendables 2 delivers to its targeted audience. Stallone and Co. make fun of themselves throughout the film and have found a money-making vehicle as they resist retirement. Rumor has it that part three will add Eastwood, Ford, and Cage to the mix. Can’t wait for the next one!

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: B
Adam’s Grade: N/A