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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Movie Review: Journey To The West: Conquering Demons 西游: 降魔篇

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What's it about:-
For those who are not familiar with Journery To The West, it is a chinese folktale story of Gods and Demons. An adventure tale that has become a common word between many people from it's great story telling to it's moral values and teaching of the buddha. 

Journey To The West: Conquering Demons is a twist plot film to the original and like many others that have done the same thing, This movie tells the tale of Xuan Zhang before his enlightenment and before he started his journet to the Budha in the best to attain full enlightenment. 



What are my thoughts on the movie:-
There are so many things one could complaint about the movie, from the crappy CGI to the general lack of humor in the show. 

Shu Qi is still a delightful actress to be seen even though her last film was light years ago. Maybe she shouldn't sing or even dance. But I still like her. 

Stephen Chow might be a great cast once but his attention on directing is greatly unfocused as you could feel that some gags or jokes would have been better done with him being in the situation. 
The comedy was too mainstream, too main stream to the fact that Stephen forgets that his original humor touch points are not main stream at all. While many parts we all did laugh out loud but you still feel a void made by it as well.

The CGI was crappy but this was given fact especially to those who had watched The Sorcerer and the white snake. http://www.benjaminfoo.com/2011/10/sorcerer-and-white-snake.html . This was better.

While the turn of of the plot maybe slightly different from what i remembered but it does have it's true moments from the original story. It would take one who has read the original story to know thought this was too much of a action based film to ultimately relate it to a thousand year folktale that has struck many fans heart. 

It lacks the depth of the old Stephen Chow in his dimwitted old movies as he might be REALLY losing his touch but there were moments that it felt familiar. 

IF it weren't for Stephen Chow being the director i doubt anyone would be interested in the movie.

Rating: 1/5

"It was rushed, unpolished and ultimately unsatisfying. The level of humor displayed does not do the film justice and it was further tainted with weak CGI efforts. Stephen Chow did gave us a legacy of awesome movies but it seems that it has been long gone since then. - benjaminfoo.com


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