Today I was able to see a sneak preview of the movie the Forbidden
Kingdom starring Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Micheal Angarano (Sky High and
Lords of Dogtown). The movie is about a boy that magically travels to a
different time and dimension where he is destined to return order to an
area of chaos.
The movie is a combination of the films "A Kid in King Arthur's Court"
and an older Kung Fu adventure. The movie isn't as cheesy as "A Kid..."
but there are moments that are predictable. The movie itself is the
dream of many men, young boys, girls and women that dream about
something like this happening.
The cinematography, art direction and set design was fantastic. The
beautiful combination of colors like a battle set in a field of cherry
blossoms or Jet Li's white costume against a forest of green Bamboo. If
you for some reason don't like the movie you will love the production
The new face to the American market Yifei Lui as Golden Sparrow was
really good. She held her own in the fight scenes and as a presence in
the movie next to Chan and Li. I think if this movie proves to be a big
hit we will see more of her. Chan was in a better suited role for him
than he has been in the last few years which made me happy. His last
handful of films has not been of very good quality so it was nice to
see something worthy. Li worked well and delivered his usual great show
of artistry of fight scene and nice acting.
Angarano did well for himself as the protagonist of the film and I
think has some great stories to tell after making this film. Even with
the fact that all the scenes are choreographed he probably was beaten
up on a few time with one misstep or misjudgment. Also he did do a fair
amount of fighting so his training had to be long and hard.
I recommend that you find the money to go see it in theaters. It will
be great for the family to watch and mostly clean with the dialog. Hope
that you enjoy and drop a line once you see the film.