Wednesday, April 01, 2009

MOVIE: The Forbidden Kingdom

In The Forbidden Kingdom, a discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

I wish I had seen this on the Big Screen. Great special effects. And fantastic, amazing, worth-seeing-twice fight scenes. Good pacing. Fairly creative story. Interesting ending. But offset by average acting. And Stilted, predictable dialog. Again, stellar fight scenes. Made the whole movie worth renting. My chief complaint is that I will never believe a kid can study any (ANY!) martial art for a couple of weeks/months and have even the slightest chance against a battle-tested veteran warrior. I know I'm watching a fantasy flick, but they could stay somewhere in the same ballpark as reality.

Otherwise, I enjoyed In The Forbidden Kingdom a lot more than I thought I would. Probably not a good date flick. Girlfriends/wives won't REALLY enjoy it. Though they may pretend to. A pretty kid-friendly flick. Boys will definitely enjoy it. I'd recommend it for a rental. It was a welcomed distraction from the norm.

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