The Great Wall

PLOT:

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure. The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China.

What people are saying:

“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” 2 stars

“Its epic imagery – the rows of soldiers, the rain of spears, the surging forces – is undercut by the Saturday-matinee cheesiness of the concept.” 2 stars

“This movie was far better than people gave it credit for. The wardrobe department did an awesome job, the battle drums were mesmerizing, the battle scenes were great too. The actors were really good and Tian Jing is a beautiful creature to watch. She was strong and bold, yet she had a softness about her that just makes you want to see more. I’d recommend this film, if for nothing more than the visual aspect. The CGI wasn’t over the top and didn’t carry the film as many try to do. ” 4 stars

“Yimou Zhang has made some stuff that I’ve really enjoyed in the past and the premise to ‘The Great Wall’ sounded just ridiculous enough that it could have been enjoyably fun, but what can I say about it other than it’s atrociously bad. Horribly cast, horribly written and horribly executed, I honestly don’t know what they could have been thinking. It’s not only about as generic and cheesy as you can get, but there’s also an absurd amount of things that make no sense at all — too many to list. At the very least you’d hope for some wicked action sequences, but they’re not particularly exciting, either. The only thing that is a plus point is the visuals (not including the CGI which is so-so, at best) that hints at Zhang’s flair.” 1 star

“Even beyond the racial awkwardness of the white saviour trope and the whitewashing that entails, this film is bad on its merits. Badly shot, badly edited, a bad script and story that just makes no sense. It’s a mess of a film with very few redeeming values and no fun to be had here. It’s not even so bad that it becomes unintentionally funny, it’s just bad.” 1 star

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