April 16, 2008
After ignoring this due to poor reviews at the time, after the superb South Park parody it seemed worth a look. The movie is an excellent animated comics anthology with all the stories entertaining and the animation mostly good. It could be argued that the Lovecraftian encapulating story is unnecessary and a bit passe, but it just works.
Was expecting much more, but while Li looks a star, the plot never really goes beyond the standard martial arts movie, and with a lack of decent character development you don’t really care for anyone involved.
A good example of a dumb popcorn movie done well. The premise is great, stunts and effects are excellent and it never outstays its welcome.
Compliments the excellent series with a great Bruce Lee style adventure in Hong Kong. As per most Sentai movies, there can’t be much development as it is mid season optional treat, but this was excellent fun with innovative costumes and a good take on the old martial arts tournament storyline.
Excellent updating of the Eighties action flick, with realistic action, good pacing and believable performances by all. Rambo is no longer the cartoon soldier of the third film, with a good set of supporting characters to work with. The violence is visceral and 70s like, with the grimness of the film not letting up and providing a more thought provoking experience then the modern Hollywood flick.
The basic Ferrell formula, with a little less surreal humour and more character development. Enjoyable comedy, with several laugh out loud moments (Jive Turkey) and a decent plot, but overall not as good as Talladega Nights/Blades of Glory.