Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Kung Fu Hustle

The first reviews I saw for this movie claimed that it was something like Jackie Chan meets Buster Keaton meets Bugs Bunny meets Quentin Tarantino. It sounds crazy, but they were exactly right. This movie has:

  1. Tons of kung fu, some of it humorous a la Chan
  2. Lots of physical comedy and Keatonesque pratfalls
  3. Some ridiculously fast movement and crashes like a cartoon
  4. Over-the-top stylized violence a la Tarantino
If you're wondering why you haven't already seen fifteen other movies that combine these kinds of elements... well, the results can be pretty bizarre. "Hilarious" meets "disturbingly violent" and it's hard to know whether to laugh or cringe.

This movie manages to make the combination work, skewering all manner of stereotypes in the process, and even offers a happy ending. If you're looking for something different, this might be a good one to see, as long as you're not easily offended or squeamish.

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