A fine entertainment and an earnest attempt at multi-culturalism between American and Chinese artists. It's not perfect but it tried in an era where it is frowned upon to try such things in mass culture. Unfortunately the film was a victim of a racist Hollywood narrative that sought to destroy foreign box office competition out of fear and ignorance. Funny how fascists project their desires onto their challengers
Zhang Yimou has flirted between intimate dramas and eye popping martial arts 'art films' over the last couple of decades and neither of those directors seem present here in this mostly English language big budget tentpole. The most expensive film in Chinese history certainly has exceptional production values but at the cost of story and vision. Never boring mind you but one certainly expected more.
I actually enjoyed the first half of the movie. I was ready to forget that Matt Damon was in it and that there were magic creatures because Zhang Yimou made it look beautiful; but the characters never grew and the plot remained flat.
De que se trata de un trabajo meramente alimenticio por parte de Zhang Yimou, que ni duda cabe. Sin embargo, a pesar de la molesta injerencia de Edward Zwick en el guión, Yimou cumple decorosamente su encargo con este eficaz entretenimiento, el cuál tiene, entre otras virtudes, la de ser un contundente cerrón de hocico para todos aquellos que acusaban al talentoso cineasta de 'racista' o 'blanqueador' de personajes.
Maybe not the greatest work from director Zhang Yimou. If you're looking for a pure entertainment or guilty pleasure THE GREAT WALL is the perfect movie for you. It's thrilling, fun, and beautifully shot. Matt Damon seems happy with his role. I kinda feel disappointed with Andy Lau's role. His role seems underused. His existence is only to prove that magnet can stick to something that made from steel. Worth watching.
This is the most American-accessible Zhang Yimou film to date, characterized by mega-budget VFX and set pieces; and overall it's a very entertaining watch for what it is. Matt Damon performs well despite a strange "European" accent. It's incredibly predictable, but if you turn your brain off while watching this, you'll enjoy it.