Movie Review #427: Hero (2004)

Gravity-defying swordplay with a balance of hits and misses

In terms of its structure, Zhang Yimou’s Chinese epic Hero is brilliant. Believability on the other hand is another thing altogether. While the sword fights take up a majority of the film’s sequences, it in itself is the strongest and weakest points. It particularly works when the cast’s feet still touch the ground (stars Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Jet Li, and Zhang Ziyi) but when they start to fly without wings on their robes things become so ridiculous that it ruins the serious mood. But like I said, the way the story is told is fascinating and will keep you interested despite the myriad of action scenes present. It’s a good thing I didn’t know anything about this movie prior to watching it because had I known it was an Academy-award nominee I would’ve been so disappointed. Still, it’s not bad. And if you can get over some of the things I complained about you would probably have a good time for 99 minutes.

GRADE: C+

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