Call it "Ip Man 3 - The Humbling." Not many critics applauded Donnie Yen and Wilson Yip for imitating the "Rocky IV" playbook with the previous "Ip Man" picture, but at least it gave that film some focus. Now the duo have reteamed for a sequel that feels positively lackadaisical in its storytelling. The plot proves aimless while the filmmakers allow Max Zhang to run away with the movie, just as he did in "S.P.L. II."
The stakes seem so much lower in this weakest entry in the Donnie Yen series. Plotting is weak save the build up to the final alteration that challenges for the role of Grandmaster of Wing Jun. Many of the fight scenes simply don't 'wow' this time around with an almost Western style editing conceit. The Tyson fight though is surprisingly entertaining. Film's attempt at drama only highlights its weaknesses.
What does make this a Donnie film is the fact that without having to over stretch and just be the righteous Ip Man he deals with what could have been over melodramatic, Donnie reigns it in and gives a fine measured performance. Check out the full review here http://www.easternfilmfans.co.uk/?p=3960
Unfortunately, IP MAN 3 isn't as great as two previous movies. The storyline seems muddled. It lacks of focus. IP MAN 3 seems confused to combine its drama and action sequences. The climax doesn't feel "wow" to me. It's kinda weak. But hey, I would be a liar if I didn't said the action scenes is wonderful. That's the only thing why I still think that IP MAN 3 is entertaining. Master Ip's wife scenes made me quite sad
Se già al secondo capitolo la saga di Ip Man mostrava il fianco regalando comunque dei bei momenti, col terzo episodio Donnie Yen si ritrova a raschiare il fondo del barile. Il film è costruito, in buona sostanza, sulla presenza di Mike Tyson e sul combattimento che lo vede protagonista. Si salvano le coreografie marziali e poco più: la noia, per il resto, regna sovrana. Facciamo che la chiudiamo qua, ok?