The Great Wall (2017)
Critic Consensus: For a Yimou Zhang film featuring Matt Damon and Willem Dafoe battling ancient monsters, The Great Wall is neither as exciting nor as entertainingly bonkers as one might hope.
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as William Garin
as Commander Lin Mae
as Pero Tovar
as General Shao
as Commander Wu
as Peng Yong
as Commander Chen
as The Emperor
as Imperial Guard
as Commander Deng
as Strategist Wang
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Zhang's moments of visual splendor-a battalion of hot-air balloonists, the queen-monster and her royal guard of fan-frilled monstrosities-are weighed down by a script and performances almost dutiful in their dullness.
Its epic imagery - the rows of soldiers, the rain of spears, the surging forces - is undercut by the Saturday-matinee cheesiness of the concept.
If this is the future for motion pictures, god help us all.
To watch it is to be aware of how little movies this size have to do with art and how much they are product, the result of a calculation involving actorly appeal and spectacle, because spectacle, not story, has the... most universal draw.
Damon's wild-haired gringo claims to have soldiered under "many flags," which would explain his shape-shifting accent that's Irish except for when it sounds beamed from Mars.
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It seems likely that the film is entitled "The Great Wall" because they couldn't have called the film "great" in reference to the acting. Damon's occasionally-heard Irish brogue leaves one with the occasional impression that his character is meant to be Irish -- although that would be entirely unnecessary to the plot. Then again, it is equally plausible that the character is meant to be an impostor of limited impersonation skills infiltrating the Chinese army. Whatever the reason may be, "The Great Wall" is little more than a silly, two-dimensional diversion for teenage boys. The good CGI and frequent battle carnage should be enough to satisfy that target audience, even if it satisfies few others.
Entertaining blend of the over-the-top-action of Asian cinema and American banter. The creature effects are decent but not very subtle, making this an actual fantasy movie with little basis in reality or historic events. Still, the action sequences are colorful and fun, everything in between a bit generic and boring. Works as mindless entertainment anyway.
Strictly for the kiddies. There's one portion that features women bungee jumping as if Olympic divers from the wall to attack monsters with spears - so ridiculous that only the kiddies wouldn't question it. Gonna need lotsa butter with that popcorn. And pass.
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