Film Review: ‘The Great Wall’
[This article may contain spoilers from ‘The Great Wall’. Continue at your own risk.]
Well, I didn’t really know what to expect from ‘The Great Wall’. I enjoyed watching the trailer, and it definitely peaked my interest. And, thanks to Universal Studios, I got a invited to a special advanced screening. If you’re not sure whether or not to go see it, do it. ‘The Great Wall’ was awesome. I loved it.
Before I write my review, just check out the size of the movie screen. Trust me, it looks way bigger in person. I was in awe. IMAX, everybody.
It’s not every day that I get invited to these screenings, so I’m so grateful and thankful for the experience. I felt so famous. And an added bonus, it was in 3D. Amazing. It took my eyes a few minutes to adjust to the epicness, but wow, I have never experienced something quite like that.
So, the movie. What’s it about? Matt Damon stars as a European traveller in China, who finds himself defending The Great Wall of China with Chinese elite soldiers against alien monsters. Some of you probably weren’t expecting that, right? Neither was I. If you expected to watch a mediocre historical film, boy you would’ve been so wrong.
‘The Great Wall’ started with a bang which immediately captured my attention from the get go. The very first battle scene against the soldiers and the alien monsters was simply phenomenal. The directing, the music, the fight, all of it was so great. Watching it in 3D, I felt like I was right in the middle of it all. When those flaming bombs were flung from the Great Wall and were travelling down to kill the monsters, oh my god. I felt like I was actually falling. Words cannot describe how cool that felt.
One of my favourite moments was when Commander Lin Mae and the other female soldiers gracefully bungee jumped off the wall, spear in hand. That whole scene is mesmerising. I loved it. Literally let’s take a moment to appreciate Jing Tian. Her character was fiercely badass, and all her outfits were on point. A Queen.
The monsters were also pretty cool. The swarm of monsters climbing up the Great Wall was intense. Especially in the fog, damn. It’s a pretty scary thought not being able to see a few feet in front of you, knowing there’s a swarm of monsters waiting to kill you. There were a few times during the film I almost jumped cause of those things; well done crew.
The only thing that I wasn’t a fan of was the lack of subtitles. I’m not too sure if that was intentional or not, but there were a few scenes where I couldn’t understand what the characters were saying. But it wasn’t a big deal.
Overall, ‘The Great Wall’ was definitely a film I thoroughly enjoyed. It was surprisingly good and kept my attention throughout the entire thing (which is always a plus). And I’m always a sucker for alien monsters trying to take over humanity. I love my science-fiction.
Final rating: 8.5/10.
P.S. check out this photo of me and my friend at the screening. I thought it turned out fantastic.
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