I have a great love for historical Chinese epics, particularly if they a done in the native language. Most contain epic battles and historically accurate costumes and stunt work that is beyond fantastic. I knew that even though Jackie Chan was playing a cook and not a warrior, that we would get a ton of Jackie's custom playful stunt work here. He does not disappoint.
Lyrical and full of honor and nobility - this is an old fashion crowd pleaser of good vs evil. It's really got a 'Magnificent Seven' vibe to it. When the monks realize they have no other peaceful options left open to them, the lines between good and evil have never been more clearly drawn. These may be followers of the Buddha, but when their home is attacked you will see that Shaolin monks know how to handle their 'bidness'.
I really enjoyed this movie. Lots of good guys to root for a one real bad guy to hate. That Jackie Chan is a legend in two continents. I would love to see Andy Lau get more play in North American movies. I can see why he is a legend in China. He has all the skills of a Jet Li but he is the Chinese George Clooney. That's a killer combination.
I liked the way they tried to insert comedy with all the stuff about redemption and courage and honor but at times it felt like too much. I think you will enjoy this movie if you give yourself an intermission to reset your head.
The special effects and the action stunt work here is amongst the best you will ever see. Eastern filmmakers have this stuff down to a science and it's fun to watch good fight evil every time.
Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness
I forever stand vigilant to protect this planet from the myriad of forces that are always against us. Be it the octopus, zombies, aliens or the robots my team of human agents, and our feline allies, circle the globe in a never ending struggle for human freedom.
I learn all I can on every subject that interests me. I especially enjoy ancient history because in the past there are valuable lessons to be found. Also, if I ever get my time machine to work properly, it would be good to know a bit about possible destinations and what to expect when I get there.
I greatly appreciate beautiful design. Be it manufactured or found naturally I am fascinated by the process of invention. I am attracted to the unique, the strange, the haunted. I like to share what I find on this blog.
And not let us forget the 'Cephalopod Menace' who, if allowed to, would wrap their tentacles around all that is good and pure in this life and crush it until it remained no more. They are creatures of pure spite. Hate is all they know. Death is all they do. They are our most ruthless and determined enemy.
So we fight. Selena has the celebrity contacts, the cat is ruthless and without pity, Roosevelt's ghost has the experience and I do the wetwork.
Fighting for the future of the planet doesn't have to be a chore, however. We can take the time to appreciate all that is cool in this world even as we cut the octopus into bite sized chunks.
This is the reason there has always been and must forever be, a Cave of Cool. Be sure to wipe your feet before you enter.