Review - The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Delorted - wrote on 04/30/08
For decades, fans have been waiting for a filming involving both Jackie Chan and Jet Li in what would potentially be the most epic fight (or fights?) ever seen on the silver screen. "The Forbidden Kingdom" delivers what the fans want, but not too much more.
The story centers on Jason Tripitikas, played by Michael Angarano, a teenager obsessed with kung-fu flicks. He finds a stick in a pawn shop one day and it transports him back in time to Ancient China, where he meets Lu Yan, a drunkard played by none other than Jackie Chan. He tells the teen that he needs to return the stick to its original owner, The Monkey King, played by, you guessed it, Jet Li. The kid is taught to fight and goes off on the adventure of a lifetime.
I've never liked kung-fu movies. Unless it has a good story (which some really do), I can't enjoy it because the action doesn't entice me. That being said, I'm probably not the best person to review this movie. What's worse is that it was specifically made to please fans of the genre. I will say that if I were a fan, I think I would enjoy this film. I mean, what could be more awesome to a fan than the pairing of these two icons? And from what I hear, the characters both portray are exactly the sort of characters one would want to see them play, so that would be another plus.
The music seems generic, but sounds good just the same. Again, the action does nothing for me, but it's well choreographed. It's not one of those movies that's meant to be over-analyzed, I don't think. It's just supposed to be fun. On that note, I'm lost, as I've said before. I guess if it's what you like, go for it, but otherwise it's not really worth it.
Final Score: 5.8/10