The Forbidden Kingdom (12A)
Friday 11 July 2008
The producers seem to have reckoned that, given their USP, trivial things like a story hardly mattered.
You can see their reasoning: Jackie Chan meets Jet Li is about as U as SPs come, and their big fight is decently choreographed, if not quite the epic you might have expected. But that doesn't excuse the slapped-together plot – part Wizard of Oz, part Monkey (the old Japanese TV series about an immortal monkey king) – and the depressing absence of character development: where once the teenage protagonist would have learned some lessons about home, or loyalty, or truth, here all he learns is how to kick butt.
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
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