I had the distinct displeasure of watching The Forbidden Kingdom
this past week. The displeasure is that I had such high hopes for it... I mean, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, and Yuen Woo-ping
working together on the same flick... wow. Well, ugh.
So, let's look at the major elements:
I really had thought we were past the point of needing a white kid as a draw for a movie. I mean, crap, we're talking about Jet Li and Jackie Chan here, in a post Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
world. Also, I found the couple of times in which Mandarin was used to be really jarring... again, after the success of the aforementioned movie, why was there a need to use English at all? I just don't get it.
The last scene in which I referenced The Wizard of Oz
was something like this... he's learned fighting from two ancient masters, saved a land from evil domination, and gets told by the Jade Emperor that he could have anything he wants. His reply is, "I just want to go home".
I found myself thinking... just click your ruby slippers together three times, Dorothy...
I looked at the movie briefly again, more to let a friend see the martial arts of Jet Li and Jackie Chan towards the beginning of the film, and noticed something that I'd not before... when the Jason Tripitikas character is being harassed by the bully referenced above, the pawn shop owner is referred to a couple times by an ethnic slur. I positively just don't get it. Imagine a parent of Chinese-American decent taking their kid to see the flick, and having to deal with that.
Awful, simply awful.