The Five Arts

A detailed review of current and past arts accompanied by a five-star scoring system.


The Forbidden Kingdom

After viewing many of the summer blockbusters (Iron Man, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull) with an overall disappointment, The Forbidden Kingdom starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li was a breath of fresh air. The martial arts in the movie, though censored for young viewers, was great. The director definitely made a point to indulge in the fight scene between Chan and Li lasting approximately ten minutes. The overall feel of the film was a fun and entertaining tale of warriors. I would say that Michael Angarano was mis-cast. You could tell he was struggling with the martial arts choreography which obviously did not come naturally to him. He also lacked the enthusiasm and spunk that would have had a better chemistry with Chan and Li's personalities. However, if you enjoy martial arts and are looking to be entertained, I would recommend this film.


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