Two mercenaries searching for black powder became embrangled in China’s defense against a horde of monsters.
Despite several controversies and protests revolving around the white lead character, The Great Wall is a decent Chinese-inspired fantasy not to be missed and get entertained with its polychromatic nature.
To be honest, I don’t really see any problem with a white guy, in this case Matt Damon, to serve as the story’s savior or one of the protagonists surrounded by local artists. I know that China takes pride from its army, being one of the most formidable forces during the ancient times who don’t need any saving, but c’mon people, this is just a movie for crying out loud, and being saved doesn’t makes you weak.
The costumes are detailed and adorable, the colors distinguish is classes of its warriors. The graphics are not a 100% perfect, but its definitely watchable, monsters climbing the wall seems pretty similar to the zombies in World War Z (2013).
The actors had a great chemistry and they share the humor throughout the film, but just a heads-up, it doesn’t mean that Willem Dafoe is included that this would be a over performing movie, don’t get me wrong, The Great Wall is a very entertaining adventure.
Director: Yimou Zhang (The Flowers Of War : 2011)
Main Cast: Matt Damon ; Tian Jing ; Willem Dafoe ; Pedro Pascal ; Andy Lau
Genre: Action ; Fantasy ; Adventure
Release Year: 2017
- Alexander Skarsgard was considered for the role before Benjamin Walker was cast, then he dropped out.
- Third collaboration of Andy Lau and Matt Damon: Internal Affairs (2002) and The Departed (2006)
- Constance Wu criticized the movie for having Matt Damon as the lead calling it as “cultural misappropriation” but Andy Lau defende his co-actor saying that the people alongside the lead character who fought the war were all Chinese.
- Edward Zwick was set to direct at one point with Henry Cavill to star.
- Majority of the scenes were filmed in China, some in New Zealand.
- Considered the most expensive Chinese movie ever made.