Many of Wong Kar-Wai's past films have seen the auteur trying to express abstract and complicated ideas entirely through his strong visuals -- sometimes unsuccessfully. Here, the biblically simple story works in perfect tandem with the expressive, rain-barraged pastels and legible action. Refreshing as a martial arts film and an artistic statement both.
Stunningly beautiful but a surprisingly stifling and inert aesthetic object despite the film's constant motion. I can appreciate kung fu as abstract art/modern ballet up to a point but why is this film so pleasureless? It's a gorgeous museum piece with all the life sucked out of it.
'In the Mood For Kung Fu.' A mournful and elegiac film that just so happens to take place in the world of martial arts. "The Grandmaster" has more in common with the work of Terrence Malick than it does the other Ip Man films to see release. While I doubt many would call this Wong Kar-wai's finest hour, as ever he displays a talent for capturing the bittersweet nature of a love that cannot be consummated.
Gorgeous. Lovingly crafted and beautifully choreographed. Uses the Ip Man story as a framework for those all-too-familiar Wong Kar-Wai themes of deep, unconsummated love among things, rather than a straightforward biopic, which I think is a good thing.