Journey To The West Reviews

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August 29, 2019
Mutates from touching, to funny, to downright violent in mere seconds.
August 14, 2019
Filled with comedy, but also boasting extensive action and unexpected moments of horror.
October 2, 2017
We are even transported by Tsai's ecstatic play of light, space, and time-cinema at its purest.
March 30, 2016
Stephen Chow's Journey To The West: Conquering The Demons is a thoroughly entertaining action comedy that suggests, a la Woody Allen, a promising new life behind the screen for the actor-director.
July 14, 2015
Chow breaks out one elaborate set-piece after another.
December 11, 2014
It makes good use of computer animation and slapstick action comedy.
August 18, 2014
Stephen Chow's inimitable chops for comedic action are on full display in Journey to the West.
July 3, 2014
It is a work that appears to ask so little from its audience (not much more than patience and an alert eye), but gives a heck of a lot back.
May 14, 2014
Another exquisite, snail-paced cinematic perambulation from Tsai Ming-liang and Lee Kang-sheng.
April 21, 2014
A kung fu comedy, a Chinese fairy story, a Buddhist action movie, a prequel to a mega-series that makes James Cameron's ambitions look puny, Chow's Journey to the West is everything that is good about China's mega-blockbuster inclinations.
April 14, 2014
Liang's ravishing conceptual film achieves a rare blend of sensuous delight and documentary specificity.
March 14, 2014
Journey to the West is an episodic picaresque epic, moving from set piece to set piece without the traditional Western screenplay-101 contrivances, allowing for a more casual, freewheeling, adventurous tone.
March 12, 2014
Characteristically bug-eyed and silly, by turns creative, clever, and exhausting.
March 7, 2014
The cast is extremely funny and the movie will entertain viewers new to his work, but happy as I am to see anything from the multi-talented Stephen Chow, for this longtime fan, the movie feels a bit empty without his comedic onscreen presence.
March 7, 2014
While we don't get to see him personally up there amongst the heroes and demons, (Chow's) stamp is all over Journey to the West. It's what makes this flight of fantasy so much escapist fun.
March 7, 2014
Journey to the West works so well because Chow has a flair for grand comic-action set pieces, and his imagination seems to actually draw energy from these rapid-fire tonal shifts.
March 7, 2014
There's not an actor in this movie, from the leads down to the extras, who doesn't mug like crazy, and there's not a moment onscreen that isn't utterly ridiculous. That, however, was clearly the goal
March 7, 2014
There's a grandness to the action sequences, playful allusions to 'Jaws,' and a great feel for the spectacular. It's just a shame its story gets lost in translation.
March 7, 2014
By turns daffy and dazzling, awkward and artful, "Journey to the West" takes an ancient tale and gives it contemporary flair.
March 6, 2014
For all the exaggerated facial expressions and flailing limbs, Chow keeps a high-wire balance with an intrinsic sense of pace that perishes all possibility of action fatigue.
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