The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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Tsui is capable of better than this.
The problem is that Seven Swords' narrative is so cluttered with briefly sketched characters and subplots as to be almost impossible to follow.
This long picture unspooled to its end without ever involving or engaging me all that much.
It's a bravura, artful work.
[A] bloated Ching Dynasty actioner.
It's pretty enough to keep you at least mildly concerned about where things are headed.
these Seven Swords do not so much pierce as bore.
[The film] leaves itself open in the end for sequelization, which would be a good thing. There's enough worth appreciating in Seven Swords to think that a second try could easily find its comfort zone.
Looks gorgeous, but ultimately collapses under its own weight, as if it were a Chinese Kingdom of Heaven.
What could and should have been great is reduced to the tragically dull. A wasted opportunity of immense proportions.
Battle, romance, mysticism; it sounds great. It isn't.
Every now and then, I'd like to watch a movie that could give me thrills, an engaging story, and not force me to think actively about ideology in order to enjoy it.
Seven Swords has Tsui Hark conjure up 1,2,3,4,5,6 and 7 swords.
Lengthy can be used to describe the story. There's a lot of characters to go around and while sporting a decent pace early, there are moments later on when it slows down. By the time the end credits roll, 2 and a half hours have passed. With that said, there is enough material to fill the time; just not enough of the right material.
The action is highly stylized with unique weapons across the board; however, the lack of emphasis on the swords is a letdown and the editing during the martial arts segments has room for improvement.
The cast needs no introduction. Some characters have great buildup, while others are, unfortunately, left in the dust. Donnie Yen and Leon Lai are a bit stale. On the other hand, Honglei Sun and Jingchu Zhang have emotion.
Seven Swords has the potential to be much more, but it is good for what it is.
As much as i think that Tsui Hack is an average director at best this one is not a bad flick. Mind you, the film is uneven and flawed as hell, the focus of the story is just on a couple of characters, and the rest end up as nothing but filler. That said, the fights are good, if clumsy directed at times. Colorfull villians too, the skinhead girl and fire wind are quite fun to watch. Way better actors than Donnie Yen, Leon Lai and that korean chick for sure.
No classic, but decent enough to pass the weekend.
A horde of bounty hunters are ravaging the land, murdering everyone in their path until one village enlists the help of 5 swordsmen from a mystical mountain top. Tsui Hark is desperate to ape the success of Crouching Tiger and Hero, and although he has some success in copying the visual style, the substance leaves more than a little to be desired. The meandering script is aimless, and just seemed like a series of contrived situations with little thought to logical narrative progression. It tells you next to nothing about any of the characters, with the swordsmen themselves introduced in a frankly bizarre scene that as far as I could tell made no sense at all. The relationships between characters are also hackneyed and cliched, and the action sequences clumsy and loaded with unnecessary visual gimmickry.On the plus side, the production design is very attractive and there is some very pretty scenery, but it is lacking the energy of his early work and the sophistication of the film's contemporaries, so his attempt at an artful epic just comes across as corny and dull.
At times the film drags too much as we await some more ass kicking awesomeness. When it does come it is far from dissapointing. The different swords are just well cool. Pretty much a road movie version of Seven Samurai. Very, very good.
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