Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Movie: The Great Wall

Name: The Great Wall
Year: 2016
Director: Yimou Zhang
Cast: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Time: 103 m

Outline of the movie: A mystery (the myth as they put it) centered on the construction of the Great Wall of China.

Not a masterpiece for sure, but yet really enjoyable.

        First of all, this movie does a lot of things right. The costume designs are impressive; the set designs are very convincing, the story worked out well. As a constant film goer I was really impressed with this film. It was entertaining.
         I was not expecting too much from the movie from the start; I did not check the reviews and ratings beforehand and now I really do not understand all the criticism about it.
         The story is about a legend. And it was wonderful to just sit back and let someone tell a really good and captivating story. And they told it beautifully! What I liked the most is a great number of beautiful people. It was a pure delight. The nature shots and battles – everything seems to be balanced and not too overloaded: a little of romance, none of the tear-shedding.  So at this point, I did not care anymore about plot holes or historical inaccuracies, because I came to cinema to see a fantasy, a Chinese legend with monsters and heroes. And there it all was: a war story, filled with elements of the old Chinese culture, surrounded by exceptional warriors, beautiful landscapes and bloodthirsty monsters. 
        The only minus I can point out is that due to the multiple plot twists, the audience never has enough time to get emotionally invested in the characters. Nevertheless, it is not a bad movie. I was entertaining and spectacular.

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