Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), Legendary’s The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.
The first English-language production for Yimou is the largest film ever shot entirely in China. The Great Wall also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau.
“The Chairman” – Epic! That is the word for how beautiful this movie looks and seeing this at the IMAX really brings the movie to life. Although the post-production 3D conversion has its issues, it was overall great visual experience.
I am not sure why Matt Damon was made such a key part of this movie. Everything he does is far too convenient for my liking. Pedro Pascal (Tovar) was my hero here, and really needs to get more work. His character brings a needed levity and counterbalance to Matt Damon. Every time he is on screen, you find a reason to care for him and any potential outcome.
When I saw who the director was I knew that it would be a beautiful sight, but I had my fears over the pacing. Glad to say that those fears were for nought. You get dropped into action scene after action scene, intermingled with witty dialogue.
The only major flaw I had with this movie (but these things upset me) is coincidence. The timing of the travellers arrival and the siege at the wall seems awfully contrived. But the positives outweigh the negatives. Check this at the IMAX. Rating: 7/10
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