Down the block? Where's the journey? A lot of people die in this movie - and it takes just that for the main character to finally see what is important in life and thus, redemption.
Steven Chow's movies are not digestible for everyone simply because not everyone shares his taste in humor-- and at times that includes me. His humor ranges from gross and slapstick to the bizarre and ridiculous. There's also some inside jokes that we're not privy too. All of this plus the culture differences may make some jokes come out bland tasting for some.
This is the third film Steven Chow movie I've seen. The first was King of Comedy which I liked a lot. Then was Shoaling Soccer. Which I thought was pretty kick ass. As a whole I find all his films to be enjoyable. They're always light hearted and the stories always tend to have a sappy happy ending. His character (he always plays the main character) always wins by triumphs over obstacles. They also contain the same moral lessons. In every one of his movies there's a classic villain. Evil to the core and want to hurt our protagonist. Then their's our hero or supporting hero who was once arrogant and cruel because of fame and success but gets put in his place by our villain and falls hard. But this fall helps him learn a valuable lesson in humility and helped along the way by kind hearted people. People whom he enlists on his rise back to success. End of movie. His next movie will probably follow the same recipe-- and have cameos from his previous films. Not too bad even if you know it's going to end well. So sit back, enjoy and prepare to chow down on some funny!
Here's a thought for you ... what an absolutely ridiculous movie! Totally unrealistic, far-fetched, and laughable. The characters were the only thing that were real about the movie ... but even the characters were terrible. Paul Walker (Fast and the Furious) plays Chris Johnston and he's got to be the weakest character of all. He tries to be this chivalrous, hunky guy all the women are supposed to swoon over and get saved by, but somehow - he just can't seem to pull it off with any sort of gusto. He reminds me more of a 17-year-old skater kid with messy hair, a baggy sweatshirt, and beaten-up Vans. And of course the bad guy gets it in the end. Predictable, predictable, PREDICTABLE. What the hell were the producers thinking? They must've all had just a little too much peyote. This type of movie making must be eliminated! We must not ever let them make us watch such filth again! Even Teletubbies is better than this film!
Also, this movie is very confusing. You may oftentimes find yourself wondering just what the hell is going on. There's lots of sword fighting, flaming arrows, and blood, but oh, they didn't forget the sappy romantic moments, either. Well, let me stop here. I'm getting bored just writing this.
A piece of advice: don't watch this fillm. Ever.
If you're a Star Trek fan or you want to see a bunch of losers dress up in costumes. Check out this site. Goes a little too far don't you think?
"Tonight I hit upon a shocking anatomical secret: your fingers, if photographed in a certain close up way, (shown below) are practically indistinguishable from pictures of thighs and buttocks." Shockingly accurate.
This movie has a special place in my heart because it's such an odd movie. A hard film to classify into a specific genre, but it's a combination of sorcery/fantasy and Sherlock Holmes mystery with a bit of horror thrown in. I was pleasantly surprised by the film's wonderful cinematography, vibrant use of colors, and odd humor. The costumes are wonderful and fit perfectly. It's not a high budget movie by any means, but makes up for it with the strange tale and wonderful world it creates.
I sum up this review with a quote from the movie spoken by the female lead. "Godzilla is... inside all of us!"
Yes indeed. Godzilla!!! Rarrrrr!
Hanging out with Mr.T! It's more like a long musical video for kids from the 80's. With Mr.T teaching how children to be fashionable and how to be cool and suave. As entertaining now as it was then. I especially liked the part about treating your mother right. Right on! Thanks to Nicolle for pointing this link out.
I hate black and white movies. They bore me and make me fall asleep. So why did I rent this? I saw it because it's made by Akira Kurosawa and he make good movies damnit.
This was no exception. Of course that's probably why it's a classic. Story telling at it's best and great acting--
American Splendor is movie about a guy who wrote a comic book about his life called American Splendor. It's about his life and his comic book. Interestingly the movie made it so you didn't really hate the guy. Sure he has his annoying moments but you genuinely feel for him. Bravo-- that's a difficult thing to do for such an annoying character. I guess this is saying that just about anyone including Harvey Pekar (Pronounced Pee Car) can be successful in America. Splendid.