CGI in a film like this makes me want to tear out my eyes and feed them to a kitten. Also, the fact that every two seconds something is being thrown at the screen to emphasize 3d is really pitiful. Can we stop doing the whole 3D thing now?
There was a certain ludicrous charm to Tsui Hark's films when the special FX were practical and the performers were skilled at choreography even when assisted by wires. Now that computers allow Hark to do anything, his imagination seems strangely more limited. This is a movie full of incredible feats, but because it all looks even less real than a video game it's difficult to care about what's happening onscreen.
What took me out of this movie was the excessive use of CGI during fight scenes and that the use of 3D, like in many films, was just a gimmick. A wuxia films is all about the action and despite the cast I'm afraid it wasn't up to snuff. On a positive note some of the costume design was gorgeous.