Sunday, December 19, 2010

Red Cliff (4)

A 2008 John Woo film about a story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

This may be my new favourite of this genre. Usually these types of films have a certain percent of unrealistic scenes and fighting styles (ex. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). I personally enjoy that style but I know it stops the majority of people from being able to take the genre seriously. Whether you're in the first category or the second I think you will like this movie.

Any exaggeration is minimal and almost non-existent. The fight scenes were magnificent. They were so beautiful. Some of them I literally gasped out loud they were so stunning. The action was pure and the way it was laid out and executed was perfection. IF anything watch this movie for that; for the fight scenes.

Acting was generally amazing as well which also isn't always the case when discussing this style. Some of the performances were very memorable and the characters thoroughly thought out and portrayed. Mind you, this is based on a true story, so that adds another layer to the film that I always enjoy. These people existed and did these amazing things and that is fascinating.

I really liked how John Woo structured this film. All the strategic meetings/plannings were split screened with images of the tactics in action. I love when movies do that; you really have no choice but to get sucked in. It's like they're letting you in on the plans, that you can see into the minds of those speaking. Fantastic.

Like I said, stunning film. Good acting. Amazing everything else. Also, they throw a little character strife, slight romance and personal struggles that makes it all the more real. Some parts dragged a little too long but nothing overly annoying or distracting.

Unless you hate all things action I promise you will get something out of this film. I really liked it.


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