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!


  1. Lucky you... :D

    I watched the movie standing. Guess I wasn't the only jet li and jackie chan fan in Iloilo. hehehe. Found a seat after and watched it the second time around.

    The opening credits were a nice touch. But the fight between Jet and Jackie in the temple was epic.

  2. we loved it too !!! the fight scenes were long and awesome.

  3. Hey Doms! The movie was pretty good for me too, it reminded me of those old chinese movies I used to watch where the heroes could shoot stuff out of their hands along with monkey kings and drunken masters. But I'm sure you enjoyed the movie more because of Sparrow, didn't ya! :P

  4. I saw this last weekend. The story was straight out of Joseph Campbell. But the fight scenes were awesome.

  5. Hi, all!

    Spidamang: he he, I knew you'd be the first poster!

    Marianne: cool! Introducing kung-fu to DS early! He's gonna have a rockin' childhood!

    Joque: she reminded me of Faire.

    Roy: all adventure movies are Campbellian in nature.