Curse of the Golden Flower Reviews
Kind of cruel and unbelievable at times, specially at the ending. Great acting.
Visually, most of it is utterly lavish and eye-popping. I say most because the cgi armies anf spears aren't really even up to snuff with its 2006 contemporaries. It could try to be more interesting as well. The fights are short and on the flip side, get ready to watch a solid 30 min of these characters traveling down brightly colored palace hallways.
The ending is indeed tragic, but I couldn't help but feel that the villain won. This kind of cheated me of the sensation of resolution.
You have got to hand it to Li Gong, she expertly plays a very complicated character with so many nuances and from so many sides and yet form a cohesive performance. She was excellent. More so than the narrative and movie around her.
The direction is flawless it brings everything to life, and the acting is superb. Brilliant.
Wow! This movie puts the "E" in epic. Everything is big in this movie; the castle grounds of the Forbidden City, the opulent costumes and furnishings, the well-endowed ladies-in-waiting and the millions of soldiers (maybe a little too many in this category).
The story itself could have been a Greek tragedy or a Shakespearian drama, filled with incest, betrayal, and secrets that cannot be reveled. Chow Yun-Fat as the Emperor Ping is wonderful, and you can't keep your eyes off of the lovely, but tortured Empress Phoenix (Li Gong).
However, this film seemed to disappoint many people despite overall decent reception from critics and moviegoers. There were many critics and moviegoers who decried the film as melodramatic, too self indulgent, too excessive in its art style, and also said that it felt too much like a soap opera.
Going into this film, I figured that I would probably enjoy, though I also figured it wouldn't be nearly as good as Hero or House Of Flying Daggers, but I was dead wrong with that thought. I feel that this film is a tremendous triumph for Zhang and I adored every minute of this glorious martial arts epic and drama.
The sheer scope of the film alone is breath-taking, even when you simply look at the set pieces which are stunning and beautiful to look at, but this film is so much more than just some pretty film with the occasional martial arts fight, it is a grand drama with an engaging story that is filled with romance, betrayal, greed, a hunger for power, loss, and sadness.
The plot follows a royal family in which the Emperor is secretly poisoning the empress, three sons vying for rule over the empire, secret romances between Jai and a servant girl, Jai also had a secret relationship with his stepmother, and so much more. The film follows the various characters and their eventual downfall at the hands of their own deeds.
The film feels like a brilliant blend of Shakespearan tragedy, Chinese culture, fantasy, and thrilling martial arts fights all woven together in the form of an opulent, luxurious, engaging, and tremendous film epic that had me gripped from beginning to end. It's a thunderous triumph for the director and one of the most underrated martial arts films of all time. It's one of the greatest martial arts films I've ever seen and I can't recommend it enough to anyone who loves a good epic.