The Forbidden Kingdom

I don’t feel like this movie warrants a full review, plus I’m lazy, so here is a bulleted list.

  • It’s pretty much the ancient China equivalent of Pirates of the Caribbean. Which is to say, completely ignorant of anything like history or reality.
  • But, who cares? It’s meant to be fun and entertaining, which it is. It’s not a deep movie by any means, but the (predictable and ludicrous) plot sets up the Kung Fu well enough, the jokes aren’t completely awful, and that’s really all I was looking for. Not worth seeing more than once, but I don’t feel like I wasted my time or money watching it.
  • The fight between Jet Li and Jackie Chan was fucking awesome, and went on for probably 10 or 15 minutes. It could’ve gone on for an hour and a half, for all I cared. The climactic battle at the end was pretty good, too.
  • The Kung Fu was pretty decent, not at the level of Fearless or anything, but considering how involved Woo-Ping Yuen was, I expected even more cheese-ball wirework and people flying around. All in all, the Kung Fu is satisfying and well-executed.
  • I just want to reiterate how awesome Jackie Chan fighting Jet Li was.

It’s probably worth seeing just for the fights, but I’m hesitant to actually recommend it, since you can find much better examples of Jet Li or Jackie Chan beating up like 50 dudes on DVD, probably for cheaper than a movie ticket.

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