Friday, April 18, 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom


I wrote about it before and last night I finally got to see The Forbidden Kingdom. A rather serendipitous thing, too: a friend called up from out of the blue and asked if I wanted two tickets to the Davao premier. Did I? Did I? Is the Pope Catholic?

All in all, Forbidden Kingdom was a fun and lighthearted romp, a welcome change from the dead serious fantasy epics that Hollywood insists on churning out these days. There's the requisite wuxia action and the tried-and-true brand of Jackie Chan humor. But there's something else, too.

Kingdom reminded me of The Neverending Story, what with its teen-lost-in-fantasy-world storyline. Happily, said teen was not as annoying as I thought he would be; in fact, I found the role pretty cool.

I also loved its reverential homage to the old kung fu films that I enjoyed so much when I was younger. No more of those, unfortunately.

Go watch!