I really Really wanted to like this film a lot more but the grandness that i was expecting to see was not there. The forbidden city felt smaller than a hollywood studio set and i was generally confused why all of the actors spoke with a different accent. I was also expecting a ton of vibrant colors and masterful camera work but, all in all, the cinematography was pretty bland. My last criticism is this; the second half drug on way too long. although i felt there was more interesting things going on, my interest weened.
i would still recommend this film because it is very interesting to see the dichotomy of ancient traditions and modern society clashing and basically to see how someone with power can easily take it too far.