The King Maker Reviews
This is a weird mixture of martial arts film with royal drama in the line of Macbeth and Hamlet.
There are a few good things to say about the movie if you can get past the really bad acting and the inadequate soundtrack, such as the locations and the battle scenes. However it remains a B -or C or D- movie with serious flaws in the development of the story and an extremely childish dialogue (to the point of actually make you cringe). Retouching it wouldn't help, you would have to take it from the top and redo the whole picture. Don't waste your time with this.
I think there was a lot of love in this project at first but somewhere along the lines it all got lost at the expense of the characters and story/plotting.
OVERALL GRADE: C plus.
Although the costumes and art direction are commendable, the movie still fails to impress the viewer. The acting, in particular, was extremely poor. Some of the actors are trying hard to let tears down and the accents, both real and fake, are extremely irritating. The storyline was also too dumb and too stupid to be true and it seemed more like a history lesson. The movie couldn't even capture that sort of regal and century-old air and it looked more like a botched attempt to make an Asian version of Elizabeth.
Final say? Costumes and art direction give the film a breath of fresh air, but the execution was extremely poor and the actors couldn't even give natural bursts of emotion. In short, the movie sounded more like hullabaloo than a script.