Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: The Forbidden Kingdom

Director: Rob Minkoff

Starring: Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano

Year: 2008

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rated: PG-13

Length: 104 min.

IMDB Summary: A discovery made by a kung fu obsessed American teen sends him on an adventure to China, where he joins up with a band of martial arts warriors in order to free the imprisoned Monkey King.

Surprisingly enough, The Forbidden Kingdom had not only a solid action plot and exciting stunt work, but also plenty of humor. The plot of misfits banding together to destroy an evil ruler is nothing new, but filmmakers seem to be aware at this and the film pokes fun at stereotypical plots, including those in which a young boy is taught by a wise old teacher. My favorite aspect of the film was the humorous rivalry between Chan and Li's characters, as well as the impressive fight scenes and cinematography. All in all, The Forbidden Kingdom was surprisingly entertaining and would be an excellent movie night pick for the whole family.

For Parents:
Some brief action violence

My Rating:
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