So last night, The Flyer and I trooped off to GV Tiong Bahru to catch the 9pm screening. I was excited. We were in for a real treat.
The movie began. The colours were brilliant, almost cartoonish. The effects were stunning. The shots were no less than gorgeous. It was looking good. Pretty darn good!
Within 15 minutes came the battle scene. Yippee! The warriors' costumes were beautifully designed. In fact, they were almost too beautiful to be manly, and too exquisite-looking to be fought in. But, what the heck? That's a small, lovely-looking bungle. I can overlook that.
Erm... I think that their computer graphic designers probably didn't spend enough time studying the way the bulls move... and that Chen Kaige made a horrible mistake thinking that having his hero (the slave, Kunlun) running quickly on all fours is a cool thing. I say this simply because that entire scene was awful. It was bad. It was so bad... it was really sad.
It was at this point in the movie that it hit me. This movie that I was expecting to be like Lord Of The Rings was turning out dreadfully to be more like Kung Fu Hustle. Oh crap...
Things go downhill quickly from here.
On the left is Cecilia Cheung donning a cloak of feathers, and on the right is Jang Dong-Kun looking like a runaway from Cirque du Soleil
Hiroyuki Sanada, the only thing worth seeing in this silly movie
The only thing that was good about The Promise was Japanese actor, Hiroyuki Sanada. His acting was superb. He was funny, macho, and could really cry convincingly. The other villain-turns-good character, played by Liu Ye, comes next. The rest are forgettable.
I'm sorry if I spoilt anyone's weekend plans to go watch this movie. But better that I save you time and money that you can now spend on a more worthwhile movie.
King Kong or Narnia anyone?