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||Chow Yun Fat, Michelle Yeoh,
Zhang Ziyi, Chang Chen, Cheng Pei Pei
||They might find
the flying fun, but they'll have to read the entire movie.
||Most of the
characters are dudettes so she might like it.
between Jen and Lo
||People kicking ass
and a dude gets a blade in his head.
||I laughed at the
people flying through the air.
||Why didn't Jen
just cut the tree branch?
||Bill Kong, Hsu Li
Kong, Ang Lee
The best movie ever! The best movie of the year! Youíve
got to go see this movie! They said the same thing about "The
Blair Witch Project." This time the buzz revolves around
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and all Iíve got to say
is itís no "Dude, Whereís My Car?" (Yes, if you read
my review of "Traffic"
you will notice the similarity in opening paragraphs. My feelings
are the same on both so why try a different opening line?)
A Movie Review
I know Iím in the minority when it comes to reviewers, but I
didnít think "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was all
that great. Sure it had a nice story, sure some of the fight scenes
kicked ass, but people could fly and rather than have me cheering
and in awe, I just laughed at them.
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is brought into the
states as a subtitled martial arts film, yup, that means you have to
read the movie instead of get engrossed in the visuals, and maybe
thatís one of the problems I had with it. But I donít think so.
In any case youíve got Li (Chow Yun Fat). Heís giving up his
ways as a security dude, telling Yu (Michelle Yeoh) to take his
sword as a gift to a political leader. No sooner does she present
the sword then itís gets stolen. Enter Jen (Zhang Ziyi), the
governorís daughter about to be wed to a man she doesnít love.
We quickly find out that she is being trained by another woman hell
bent on destroying people. Li comes back to get his sword, is
convinced that Jen can be a good person with the right training, but
Jen is a bad seed, always causing problems, especially with her
really being in love with a desert rogue, Lo (Chang Chen).
The story was nice and simple, which was good especially since
you have to read it as you work to experience it, and as a love
story, a story about good and evil people, well, you root for Li,
wish Jen would see the errors of her evil ways, and want Jen and Lo
to get together. But then came the fighting. Now donít get me
wrong, I love a good fight scene, like people "climbing"
walls as they would jump back and forth between buildings, but when
they started flying I started losing it. There they would be,
running along a rooftop, and then "Weeeeeeeee!" Their legs
would start running like Fred Flintstone starting his car and they
would launch themselves to the next rooftop, or along the tops of
trees. I just couldnít buy it. Now I know it goes along with the
whole mystical training storyline, but for me it just seemed funny,
kinda like the touching moment when the one dude has a blade stuck
in his head and is dying and I just laughed.
I did think "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" was a good
movie although I think I would have rather had it dubbed instead of
subtitles (I was brought up on Godzilla movies so the fact that the
mouths donít match the words doesnít bother me) so I could get
absorbed into the characters more, and it would have been better to
show the reason these people could fly, maybe with a look at the
training taking place, at least then there would be a logical
explanation. I know you might say something like, "Yea, but
dude, they did the same thing in ĎThe Matrixí and you loved
that." To which I will respond "Sure, but they could fly
because they were manipulating a computer program." Show me why
these people can fly and maybe I wonít find it funny, but thatís
just me, and well maybe also The Dude on the Left who saw the movie
with me and found the flying scenes just as funny as I did. Yea, I
read that flying scenes are normal in Hong Kong movies, but for me,
I need to see why you can fly and not just "itís in the
So Iím going to give "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"
3 stars out of 5. Give me dubbed over subtitled, give me a flying
lesson, and why is this movie rated PG-13 when a dude gets a big
blade thrown into his head? Just me I guess.
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!