Bai wan ju e (Croczilla) (2012)
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I was really liking this movie for the first half of it. And by liking, I mean completely laughing at how bad the English dubbing was. I honestly have no idea what I would've thought of this film if I had watched it in the original Cantonese. But the dubbing itself is honestly so goddamn horrible but it's massively entertaining in how bad it can be. The film itself, obviously, was mostly comical, even without the bad dubbing, so it's not like the dubbing made a serious movie hilarious. But some of the jokes probably wouldn't have hit, and that's a strange word to describe when they didn't actually hit, if it wasn't because it was so poorly dubbed. The film isn't as purposely schlock-y as Sharknado is or, for that matter, any other of Asylum's films, so it's strange they marked it that way in this side of the world. I suppose when your movie revolves around a giant crocodile there would be no way to promote it on this side of the world without trying to appeal to the Sharknado crowd so, hence, the Croczilla title. That title is honestly a little misleading since it implies a monster the size of a tall building. It is an abnormally large crocodile, to say the least, but nothing the size of Godzilla or any other monster features you've seen. With that said, the film's first half, at least, was hilariously bad. I was honestly really entertained by it. I wouldn't even commit the sacrilege of even calling it a below average film, because it is not, I think it's a bad film. But, you know what, it's a bad film that entertained me. Perhaps I'm being unfair in the sense that it is very possible that its entertaining badness was due to the shitty English dubbing. I may not have liked this film in Cantonese either, but I may have rated the film slightly higher even if I wasn't entertained as much. The problem comes in the fact that the second half where the film just loses all steam. I don't want to say it becomes a 'serious' movie, because it doesn't, it's still very much a comical movie, or at least it attempts to be, but things are taken down a notch and the movie just isn't as entertaining as it was prior to this point. The characters are nothing to write home about, what a fucking surprise. Though there is this one really fucking stupid kid character in the film. His stupidity is established in the first scene. It was to the point, at least in this scene, where the character probably deserved to die. That's how stupid he was. He's a little less bad as the film progresses but still stupid in that, in the climactic "battle", the kid is more worried about the crocodile being hurt than his father. Very stupid kid. There's also this lady character, whose name I forget, who did something very stupid as well. Essentially this lady, whose bag full of 100,000 euros was eaten by the croc, spends the entire movie searching for the croc so she can recover her money. She spent 8 years saving all of this money up, so it's understandable. There's one scene, however, near the end, when the cops, including the kid's father, who's the main character, go to hunt the croc. He tells the lady to keep an eye on her son and to not let him leave the station. Does she do this? No, of course not. She wakes the kid up and takes him in order so he can help her find the croc. Essentially she's putting the kid's life in danger, and they were in danger at a certain point after they left, just so she can get her money back. I know she worked hard for that money, over 8 years, but is it really worth it putting this kid in danger. As much as I hated the character and thought he was stupid, this was just a ridiculously stupid. And this is a movie that about a giant crocodile going on a fucking rampage. Think about that. I'd have no idea how to describe the acting since I watched a very shitty English dub. I will say that, at the very least, it made me laugh. The special effects aren't anything to write home about, but they're not as embarrassing as I would've anticipated. I'm sure this film didn't have as big a budget as The Avengers, let's just say that. With that said, this is a bad film that is really badly entertaining for the first 45 minutes before falling off a cliff that it didn't recover from. So I recommend watching the first half of it and shutting it off. You'll thank me later.
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