It's admirable that Ip Man: The Final Fight takes a different approach to the character than the other Ip Man films out there, but it lacks the excitement that made Ip Man and Ip Man 2 so entertaining.
| Original Score: 6/10
More a frequently elegant drama than an outright action movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
This is a rare case where, if a film had been livelier and less traditional and "respectful," its lead performance might have seemed less special.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Seriously, if not always elegantly, the film portrays the great Ip Man as someone trying to survive, which is to say just as often a victim as a victor.
| Original Score: 3/5
Soap opera, set-bound and unexceptionally written and directed.
| Original Score: 2/4
Ip Man was a notable martial arts instructor, he was not a saint. Perhaps someday, somebody will make an accurate film about the man. Meanwhile, we have these kung fu pseudo-biopics to entertain us.
The naturalism of Wong's performance is undercut ... by Yau's use of phony-looking sets, sterile CGI and flashy aerial shots.
The overall sense is of a rushed, simplistic installment in a well-worn biography franchise.
| Original Score: 2/5
Cut off from his home and family in China, martial-arts teacher Ip Man tries to adapt to life in Hong Kong. Intriguing if reverential account of an icon's final years.
The action choreography eschews the slow-motion, wire-assisted grace of Yuen Woo Ping's in "The Grandmaster," but does a solid job of crisply and clearly showcasing a few epic brawls.
| Original Score: B
The Final Fight plays out like a collection of greatest-hits vignettes barely connected to one another.
| Original Score: D+
A film that's less a kung-fu movie and more a meditation on kung fu's limitations.
The soul of this movie is really in its tireless references to the historical and social conditions of 1950s and 60s Hong Kong, whose street views are recreated in vibrant, saturated colours.
Enjoyable enough, this colorfully local, nostalgia-tinged tale focuses on the Hong Kong years of an older, gentlemanly kung fu master.
What the pic lacks in stylistic sparks compared with other renditions by Wong Kar Wai and Wilson Yip, it makes up for in sinewy action and traditional values.
Anthony Wong does a creditable job of conveying Ip Man's reflectiveness through his twilight years, occasionally cutting through the hagiographic nature of the enterprise.
In The Final Fight, the frequent full-combat interludes work against the truth-vs.-fiction themes of the rest of the film.
| Original Score: 2.5/5