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About the Movie
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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 188
- Fresh: 66
- Rotten: 122
- Average Rating: 4.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: What a bummer that all Chinese master Zhang Yimou and Hollywood star Matt Damon come up with is a B-level creature feature with delusions of grandeur.
Rotten: If this is the future for motion pictures, god help us all.
Rotten: Its epic imagery - the rows of soldiers, the rain of spears, the surging forces - is undercut by the Saturday-matinee cheesiness of the concept.
Rotten: It's meant to play to as broad an audience as possible, so everything about it is spread thin, and its attempts at humor warrant light chuckles at best.
I absolutely adore this movie, and here's why.
Pls. Honestly the visuals make up for what y'all call a bad plot and bad acting… Which were all purely magnificent in my opinion. Zhang YiMou is a genius with the perfect set, shots, color coordination, and art.
Plus for the fact that this is NOT a kung fu movie??? This is an action movie, and it's basically what this whole film shows. The brilliant costumes, set, and OF COURSE the amazing action are honestly all perfect. Not to mention that the female general Lin Mae displays that females are NOT always a damsel in distress. She's strong, independent, not to mention beautiful. And please, whitewashed? I beg to differ. William did not change the values of the people defending the Great Wall, but instead learned their ways and helped them, big time. Besides, it was him AND General Lin Mae that saved the whole of China, not only himself. To add, even Andy Lau acted in this movie, one of the Four Heavenly Kings (dubbed by fans, that is). I also loved the soundtrack. Ramon Djawadi is such an amazing composer. I know this is a VERY unpopular opinion coming from an 100% American born Chinese, but I just want to say that I absolutely adore this movie and it's of course one of my favorites.
I'm so confused
Yes I spent money on a movie ticket and popcorn so in most ways the industry won. The movie was cheese covered corn, honestly it's what I expected. Sometimes I can enjoy an over done sci-fi ish monster movie, but I just can't get past Matt Damon . It's not that the acting was horrible, I just don't understand how he found himself on that set making that movie. I was so baffled by Damon's presence that it distracted from the movie. The movie was full of bright, vibrant colors and action, mostly forgivable cgi and an over the top feel of running on tree tops like crouching tiger.... and Matt Damon... wth?
Good action; movie not as bad as reviewers claimed
Watch this one for the action. Zhang Yimou always has a way of infusing beauty and scope into his action scenes, and this one's no different. While The Great Wall wasn't going to be the movie-of-the-year, the claims of white-washing were unfounded. The storyline obviously intended for this role to be played by a Westerner, and it's not his blade that deals the killing blow to the "big bad," so it's not even guilty of the white savior trope. I'm Asian, and while I get frustrated when Asian roles are assigned to white actors, the PC-police jumped the gun on this one. So, all in all, watch it for the action. The acting itself is decent (with heavy hitters like Damon and Lau, it certainly wasn't going to lack in the acting department), but it's one of those movies where the plot exists to justify the cool fight scenes. As long as you go into it with the right expectations, you'll get your money's worth.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2016
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