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A film of two halves - extremely witty then extremely poor!
on 25 November 2008
As the cliche goes, this is a film of two halves.
The first half is funny, witty, ground breaking stuff - a Kung Fu film that you laugh with and not at. I was amazed at the sharpness of the occasionally surreal comedy and of the fast paced and clever script, that surprised and amazed in equal measure.
However, the scene where our hero chats up the female lead is the 'Jump the Shark' moment, where the film turns from ground breaking to cliched and predictable. All the special effects in the world can't make the final match work, and the whole enemy-team-on-drugs ploy doesn't explain why they are so much better than the Shaolin monks.
Anyways, the film is definitely worth watching as all new experiences are to be cherished and honoured. Just beware that, like Girl Next Door, it is possible for a film to lose it's rhythm half way and seem cut-and shut...
P.S. On an unrelated sidenote, Star Wars VI: Return Of The Jedi fans among you may be interested to know that the ideas of the Jedi & 'The Force' were partly derived from the Shaolin Monks of China...