The Grandmaster Reviews
What an epic exercise in style, cohesion, mood and attitude. Every frame is a painting, Wong Kar Wai's camera is precise and poetic all the way through, and although the storytelling is loose, it's to the movies benefit. Every fight is powerful, even the small ones, with perfectly coreographed and captured movements, punches and kicks hit hard. Yhe emotional beats are compelling aswell, with amazing performances aided by incredible cinematography, close ups and medium shots create a world of distinct mood and emotions, where every character is well defined and driven by a sense of purpose. A masterpiece in every sense of the word.
En cuestión fotográfica es realmente INCREÍBLE, parece una constante pintura en movimiento. Las batallas todas muy bien coreografiadas y filmadas, te dejan con el corazón en la boca. Y las actuaciones te dejan la piel de gallina.
Pero como película es muy muy floja. No tiene una estructura fija, es como si el editor hubiera cortado los planos donde se le dió la puta gana.
Se siente más como una colección de HERMOSISIMAS imágenes, que una película.
Le daria 10/10 si estuviéramos hablando solo de cuestiones estéticas pero lastimosamente esto es una película no una muestra de pinturas.
While The Grandmaster can certainly be praised for its aesthetic valor, it isn't without its faults, and most of the drawbacks lie in the storyline and underdeveloped characters, many of whom seem to play a large part in Ip Man's story but are reduced to appearing in wordless sequences or as silent onlookers, namely Ip Man's wife and "The Razor". Because they recur during the film alongside the main characters but contribute so little, it leaves the impression that some scenes are missing, as their roles are never really solidified. This can be partly understood as the result of the famously long production time and the rumored 4+ hours of film that had to be cut down, but it still detracts from the experience and raises questions.
The Grandmaster is worthy of all of the awards and praise it received for its use of artistic cinematography, but the storyline and characters somehow lack the assurance that the visuals have. It's a poetic pictorial tale that arthouse fans and Wong Kar Wai enthusiasts will enjoy, but others may find unconvincing.