Dubbed Jet Li’s last great martial arts epic, I have to say that it falls a bit short. When comparing this to Hero, you…well…you can’t even compare it. Granted the movie is based on a true story and for that you have to admire the narrative but the pacing and the acting weren’t what one would expect from someone’s final masterpiece. The movie has 3 distinct segments, each one totally so different from the others that Spider-Man couldn’t provide enough webbing to hold them all together.
DVD Review: Jet Li's Fearless
I have to compare it to Hero because that was the bar that was set. You didn’t feel for the characters in Fearless as you did in Hero. The movie’s preview leads you to believe that the story is about Chinese Martial Arts Master HuoYuanjia (1869-1910), and his desire to prove to the imperialistic powers that influenced China at the end of the 19th century, that China was not just going to roll over. The problem is that this issue doesn’t even really take the forefront in my mind. It’s more of a personal journey for Huo Yuanjia, one that ends up culminating with his fight to protect China’s honor and it’s a journey that you never truly feel for, unfortunately.
The fight sequences are of course top notch and no one is going say otherwise. The fight choreography is majestic and as long as it’s on screen you thoroughly enjoy the movie. It’s just that when they need to fill the rest of the film with story, that’s when it falls apart. Jet Li, I am a fan and I wish you all the best in your continuing film adventure. I just wish you finished your martial arts film career on a higher note.
Jet Li's Fearless comes to DVD on December 19th.
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