Saturday, March 5, 2016

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

Grade:  C+

Rated:  PG-13 (for martial arts violence and brief partial nudity)
Genre:  Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By: Woo-ping Yuen
Written By: John Fusco

Cast:  Michelle Yeoh as Yu Shu-Lien, Gary Young as Te Junior, Donnie Yen as Silent Wolf,  Harry Shum Tiefang, Jason Scott Lee as Hades Dai, Roger Yuan as Iron Crow

What's it about?

Based on the fifth and final book from the Crane-Iron Series, this sequel to 2000's martial arts phenomenon Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon follows a new adventure on the hunt for a legendary sword. Michelle Yeoh reprises her role as Yu Shu Lien from the first film, with Donnie Yen and Harry Shum Jr. co-starring.

This is an unimpressive imitation of the original masterpiece, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.  Having said that, the original was so great, that it would be a difficult task to even come close to its greatness.  This one lacks the heart and romance of the first, and has a ridiculous story, but it is beautiful to look at, and the fight scenes are well done and exhilarating.  There is no real feeling for these characters, as we just don't care about them.  This one is really just all about the action, but it is very good with some impressive originality.  Michelle Yeoh is back, and she is always solid, but even she can't save the story.  I am also a fan of Donnie Yen, aka IP Man, who is a nice addition here and very good in his fight scenes.  However, the rest of the cast is mediocre at best.  Despite all of its flaws, if you can keep from comparing everything to the original, and just enjoy it on its own, its not a bad action flick with some awesome visuals.

What I like about this movie:
  • Awesome action fight scenes
  • Beautiful to look at 
What I didn't like about this movie:
  • Poor story telling
  • Lacks the heart and romance of the original
  • On a whole, mediocre acting
Who should see this movie?

As I said, if you can judge this movie on its own without comparing to the original, and you enjoy a solid martial arts film with lots of cool action, it's a slight recommend from me, and its on Netflix.

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