...mesmerizing but often empty...
Equivalent to attending a massive feast only to discover the main course is missing, The Banquet is frequently stunning, beautifully shot, but ultimately undernourishing.
A production that's both amazing to look at and hard to enjoy, The Banquet contains plenty of visual pleasures, but ties its gloomy story in too many knots to be truly entertaining.
| Original Score: 2/5
A beautiful, if incomprehensible and interminable film with fest-fav Zhang Zi-Yi.
| Original Score: C-
For all its visual splendour, The Banquet has none of the pathos or originality of Crouching Tiger, nor does it endear us to its characters through its 140 minute running time
Visually opulent but stately and stygian.
This may be one of the year's better films, and some of the rawest Shakespeare you'll ever see.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This dazzlingly designed, mega-budget, period costumer offers further proof of Feng's increasing versatility, expansive vision and bravura technique.
| Original Score: 4/6
| Original Score: 3/5