mr. zilla goes to town

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

we don't need another

because Jet Li's latest flick - no, Zhang Yimou's latest film - will do just fine. Saw Hero tonight from the balcony in DC's finest and largest uniplex, the Uptown, just a few blocks from home.

The film is reminiscent of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in that the stunning photography and cinematography almost steal the show, from what is at heart a progressively more layered dissertation on human will and moral conduct. I deeply enjoyed the alternate interpretations of character, and the debate to the final moment of the protagonists' motivations and claims to honourable action, accompanied by striking colour shifts across the phases and moods of the narrative.

Oh yes, some occasional half decent choreography on the swordplay too. The scene amongst autumn leaves is quite compelling.

Go see.


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