WHAT AN AGE WE ARE ALIVE IN. WE NOW ARE IN A TIME WHERE A MOVIE CAN BE DESCRIBED AS WHITEWASHED EVEN WHEN A CHARACTER IS TECHNICALLY SUPPOSED TO BE WHITE, WHICH IS WHAT THIS FILM, THE GREAT WALL, SUFFERED FROM. AS I HAVE SAID EARLIER ON THESE FORUMS, THE SO-CALLED “WHITEWASHING” IS NOT THE ISSUE WITH THE MOVIE, AND SEEING WHAT THE REVIEWS HAVE TO SAY, MANY AGREE WITH THAT.
IN THIS MOVIE, WE HAVE THE ISSUE OF THE KOMODO DRAGONS, AS PEOPLE ARE NOT BUYING THEM EVEN IF THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FANTASY. IGNORING CGI ISSUES, HOWEVER, THE SET UP ACTUALLY GOT PEOPLE SUCKED IN, AND MANY WERE THINKING THAT THIS WOULD BE ALRIGHT BASED ON THE FIRST ACT. THEN THE REST OF THE MOVIE CAME, AND THINGS GOT BORING VERY FAST, BECAUSE THE CHARACTERS WERE NOT STRONG ENOUGH FOR PEOPLE TO CARE ABOUT THEM. NOT EVEN THE TWO TIME OSCAR AND TWO TIME RAZZIE NOMINATED WILLEM DAFOE COULD BE CARED ABOUT, AND IS PRETTY MUCH WASTED, IN FACT. THE LAST ACT WAS SO CHOPPY THAT IT FELT LIKE CHARACTERS JUST TELEPORTED TO THE PLACES THAT THEY NEEDED TO BE, AND THE WRITING GOT REALLY BAD TOWARDS THE END.
SO BASICALLY, THE GREAT WALL STARTED OFF WITH PROMISE, AND THEY EXECUTED IT LIKE HOW PEOPLE NORMALLY EXECUTE THINGS, KILLING IT. BUT WHAT ARE YOUR GUYS’ THOUGHTS? IS MATT DAMON WORTHY OF A WORST ACTOR NOD (I MEAN, HIS BUDDY, BEN AFFLECK, HAS BEEN NOMINATED A BUNCH OF TIMES NOW, SO WHY NOT MATT DAMON)?
Worst Actor - Johnny Depp (Just imagine the cruel irony of winning for the role that original got him his first Oscar nom.)
Worst Actress - Katherine Heigl (SHE MUST WIN!)
Worst Supporting Actor - Anthony Hopkins (If he is nominated, he'll break a Razzie record. If he wins, he'll break TWO records!)
Worst Supporting Actress - Kim Basinger (Basically in this movie because 9 1/2 Weeks, her first Razzie nomination.)
Worst Supporting Actress (nom) - Marcia Gay Harden (Jane Seymour got a nomination for the parody version of the role, so why not the real thing?)
I recently read an article that maybe this is more China trying to pander to the U.S. (and the rest of the world) because it is a movie with a Chinese crew and mostly chinese actors.. They apparently made it in English and added Matt Damon only to make it more appealing for audiences outside China...
Seeing that the Chinese film industry is now booming it's no wonder that they are now trying to expand outside of China... I feel we really need to keep an eye out for Rock Dog this weekend which seems to be a Chinese animated movie getting a wide release in the U.S. and following this same trend....
Gabriel Bahamondes (2/6): "It's curious to see Matt Damon immersed in a project with these characteristics, without a solid script and with such an absurd thematic background. This is a lavish movie with a great visual impact that drags every time its characters open their mouths."