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Barrel S (gb) wrote: The animation was good but I can not stand the voice acting. The story wasn't very good and it was a little bland. The dialogue was stale, and it was way too over the top.
Harry W (kr) wrote: With a promising title and a talented lineup of actors, The Man with the Iron Fists sounded like a great martial arts featureThe Man with the Iron Fists has the credibility of boasting the "Quentin Tarantino Presents" label. Clearly attempting to mimic the Quentin Tarantino style of combining a formerly popular film style with contemporary production values and a modern day soundtrack, RZA'S ambitions are certainly admirable. To create his own answer to Citizen Kane and do it with such an energetic and passionate spirit as well as impressive production values is a big step for a directorial debut. It may not be perfectly consistent, but for him to throw himself out there in his first feature as director and really try this hard is a bold step. However, it if flawed. Though clearly a Kung fu film at heart, there are elements of fantasy, western and even blaxploitation all crammed into the story with inconsistent results. This leaves the story in dire need of refinement.The Man with the Iron Fists is a homage which is rather messy. Though Quentin Tarantino films balance being an affectionate throwback to a specific genre with being a legitimate genre piece at the same time, it is much harder to take The Man with the Iron Fists seriously. The genuine mood of the flm is off because there is never really a consistency with anything. I mean, the actors go between legitimately involved and melodramatic while occasionally overbearing with the intended deadpan comedy while the script keeps this inconsistency occuring at a frequent rate. The intended comedy of the film is a serious issue.The comedy in the script is really lacking. Trying to parody the genre it wants to embody, The Man with the Iron Fists is full of jokes that really do not have any value. The problem is largely because they aren't subtle at all. There is a lack of deadpan nature about them, they are pretty much just thrown out there without much in the way of subtlety yet at the same time not explicit enough to reach the point of spoof humour which really leaves me wandering what line they were going for. This adds to the awkward mood of the film. One point of humour in The Man with the Iron Fists comes from the intentional use of poorly produced CGI, but it just isn't funny because the lack of genuine interaction that connects the practical nature of the film to the computer generated assets of it make it all an oddball experience, taking away from the practical nature of the choreography in some of the fight scenes. Occasionally, the CGI is a nice touch but most of the time it just doesn't achieve what it wants to. In essence, RZA remains an amateur director who is not yet up to the challenge of capturing the epic scale of ambitions that he wants to. The film doesn't exactly succeed in terms of exploitation brilliance or narrative legitimacy, and so it ultimately misses its mark.There are so many characters in the narrative who are all some different kind of martial arts stereotype in one way or another which ultimately proves to offer inconsistent success and ultimately just a lot of confusion. The story proves to be so packed with subplots and characters that it is essentially bereft of any consistent narrative drive, meaning that it ends up functioning as a loosely assembled collection of stereotypical script moments and random fight scenes. Since this just weighs down so heavily, whatever story there is supposed to be ends up lost in all the scattered plot points and weird style of the film. And even though there is a consistently lighthearted and energetic mood to keep things moving at a fast pace, it just means that honestly capturing a sense of everything happening is all the more difficult.If viewers are to enjoy The Man with the Iron Fists, they have to sit back and ignore its lack of narrative coherence. One thing that is worth appreciating is the genuine style of the film. On a mere budget of $15 million, RZA proves capable of structuring an extensively detaliled visual experience. Capitalising on a lot of strong scenery, RZA ensures that The Man with the Iron Fists is built with amazingly colourful production design and costumes which ensure that it comes off as powerfully convincing. The notion isn't exactly the same for the aforementioned visual effects, but the rest of the style in The Man with the Iron Fists is powerfully convincing and ripe with colour which boast powerful production values as one of the best assets in the film. And when it comes to action, there is certainly a lot of strong choreography in The Man with the Iron Fists. The cinematography doesn't always capture it perfectly as the editing occasionally cuts a little too quickly for its own good, but most of the time the cleverly tricky choreography in The Man with the Iron Fists gives it an entertaining action edge. There is certainly a lot of creative originality in the fight scenes which make use of an occasionally effective humourous edge, but more importantly the extensive fighting talents of the cast. There is a real welcome sense from the talented lineup of cast members in The Man with the Iron Fists.RZA's efforts as an actor are somewhat mixed in quality, particularly considering the nature of the character. As much as I enjoyed the blend of western and eastern concepts on the creation of a man with actual fists or iron seeking vengeance, the titular protagonist in The Man with the Iron Fists essentially has to play secondary to most of the other characters in the film and ends up being a subplot in his own narrative. This doesn't really make sense, especially consdering that RZA is the director and co-writer of the film as well as the man portraying the titular character. But either way, he is certainly one of the better characters in the story. There is room for comic potential which is completely ignored and leaves RZA forced to portray the part with a monotonous intensity, but either way he certainly plays the role with a sense of physical tension and he puts up a decent fight when the action calls him to. In essence, RZA doesn't exactly have much to do as an actor in The Man with the Iron Fists or all that much time to do it, but either way he makes a likable character.Russell Crowe is the most memorable cast member in The Man with the Iron Fists. Maintaining a legacy for playing gritty and hard edged men, Russell Crowe completely parodies himself in The Man with the Iron Fists. And though the dialogue he is given may not always be funny, the fact that Russell Crowe is so dedicated to the satire makes it seem like he is really having fun with the role. But as well as parodying his stereotypical persona, Russell Crowe also brings along a genuine sense of intense strength and wisdom to the part which gives a strong edge to the role. Russell Crowe flexes his comedic muscles in The Man with the Iron Fists and he does it very well.Lucy Liu is also a welcome presence. Going back her Kill Bill roots as, Lucy Liu does what she does best and delivers an effort which is slick with a subtle sense of manipulative seduction, yet consistently solid and legitimate at the same time. Her satirical touch is a lot lighter like her comedic energy in Charlie's Angels, but it's all there and she blends it with both an intense state of mind and genuinely strong fighting skills. Lucy Liu is a very genial presence for both her legacy and her perforamance, as well as her status as a high profile Asian film star in general.Dave Bautista is also a solid presence. With Dave Bautista, there is nothing to hide. He is there not to talk, just to stand with an intimidating physicality and deliver the goods in the fight scenes. As a result, he delivers exactly on the expectations. When he does talk he is very intense, but his limited acting skills add a comedic touch to the film which seems intentional and really does work. It's funny watching him stand around staring off into the distance with confusion while he punches everything in sight and does it with a tenacious amount of strength. Dave Bautista is an ideal antagonist for The Man with the Iron Fists.Cung Le and Byron Mann also deliver some strong fight scenes.So The Man with the Iron Fists benefits from a talented cast and stylish directorial ambitions from RZA, yet his inability to keep the story together or give it focus means that there are too many characters and too few succesful jokes, establishing a meandering tone that ensures the film ends up parodying itself.
Greg W (ru) wrote: well crafted frosty thriller
alan d (gb) wrote: steven seagal driving stealth
Kathryn K (de) wrote: I always enjoy watching movies about other country's political struggles, especially from those perspectives of folks who didn't set out necessarily to become involve. Perhaps, it is just the advocate in me who enjoys learning of other advocacies whether or not they are political in nature.
FilmGrinder S (ag) wrote: The dude became a Mormon!
Geoffrey D (br) wrote: Not as good as some of the others... but not bad... a fun movie to watch at night.
Eric G (ag) wrote: Heroine intends to give us an insider view into the world of Bollywood where act-ors/resses are insecure and nepotism and sexism are the norm. Why tackle this topic to actually do it in Bollywood style where everything feels unreal? It defies the purpose of the enterprise. Photography is nice, there are a few good scenes and lines, but overall, this is classic heavily varnished commercial cinema. It is in essence a mirror image of Bollywood. Acting is ok but dialogues are full of cliches. As a vague attempt to mimic Sunset Boulevard, better watch the original!
Andrew P (fr) wrote: its a rip off of fast and the furious but with a very attaractive female driver who by the way has the most beautiful eyes
Mattias E (ca) wrote: Shunji Iwai treads some dangerous ground in Swallowtail Butterfly, slipping into high-flown kitsch from time to time, and risking possible alienation by entrusting the audience with a fantasy backdrop and having his pan-asian cast do most of the dialogue in poorly pronounced English. As a result, the movie takes it's sweet time to grow on you, but when it does it's all due to character development and Iwai's ability to successfully juggle multiple plotlines at once and still be able to tie them all up in the end. Definitely more genre bending than Iwai's other works, Swallowtail Butterfly displays a range of different moods and styles, but the handheld camera and the theme of displacement in a changing world, mostly signals social cinema, when not just being a simple vehicle for Japanese popstar Chara, that is.
Andy B (jp) wrote: Robert Rodriguez has got a special place in my heart. Films like Desperado and From Dusk Till Dawn entertained the hell out of me in my teenage years. There is something so awesomely bloodthirsty and over-the-top about this style of filmmaking that the gruesomeness takes on a level of hilarity that's well-complimented with stylish camera work and inspired drama. The music, as usual with A Band Apart productions, is great as is Antonio Banderas' performance as the vengeful El Mariachi. Good times.
John R (nl) wrote: 140915: Definitely think this movie is higher than its current rating of 27%. Decent film, just a bit different and a little bit slow at times. Interesting premise, a foreign hunting safari in the old west confronted by Apaches. Was odd hearing all the accents, especially Connery's classic James Bond tone. A much younger Connery. Bardot looking hot. Some good action.
John F (ag) wrote: What an inspirational movie!!!
Peyton C (it) wrote: A classic for a reason. Funny and backed up with some drama, the charm of Matthew Broderick is amazing.