As the largest-budgeted Chinese-Hollywood co-production to lớn date, “The Great Wall” was released this Friday, February 17th. The movie reimagines the historical landmark as a highly weaponized fortress keeping out bloodthirsty monsters called the Tao Tei. Two prisoners from the West (played by Matt Damon & Pedro Pascal) discover the Nameless Order, an elite Chinese military force which aims to lớn stop the Tao Tei from consuming mankind. International audiences might recognize some familiar cast members within the Order, which include Hanyu Zhang, Andy Lau, Eddie Peng và Lu Han. Additionally, Willem Dafoe acts as a cultural liaison between the prisoners & their Chinese counterparts.
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Although the film’s promotional material focuses heavily on Matt Damon, he is not the most compelling reason lớn watch. With all due respect, one could argue that Damon is merely reviving his typical role as male action lead.
Unfortunately, weak points of “The Great Wall” include a lack of a dynamic plot. Rising momentum builds up the Tao Tei’s attacks, và a side story involving the prisoners’ escape plans intrigue the audience. However, the film has a dearth of needed falling action and a predictable ending.
“The Great Wall” also favors flashy kích hoạt scenes over exposition. The sparse detailing of the leads’ backstories stunts the audience’s empathy toward the characters. The film also skims the origins of the Tao Tei, and misses what could have been a unique chance to lớn explore Chinese mythology. Nevertheless, “The Great Wall” redeems itself as a light-hearted kích hoạt flick that exposes the American audience khổng lồ a pseudo-historic đài loan trung quốc never seen before.
While faced with initial controversy over casting choices và understandable concerns over a potential white savior narrative from the Asian American community, “The Great Wall” does indeed speak for itself. It promises appealing CGI visuals, memorable costumes, remarkable instrumental music, and action-packed scenes mix in 12th century tuy vậy Dynasty.
Moreover, the film features a fierce role mã sản phẩm in Lin Mae. Director Zhang explains: “The concept of this film is that somebody coming from the West & being affected, moved by the Chinese. And the person who is going
Whether you’re in love with Zhang’s films or are searching for a strong female character, you’ll find that it’s worth watching “The Great Wall” for Jing Tian.