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Reviewed in the United States on February 15, 2019
Stephen Chow does it again! A unique masterpiece from Hong Kong. I don't know where he gets his ideas, but he had me mesmerized for the entire film. I felt the same about his previous classics "Kung Fu Hustle" and "Shaolin Soccer". The humor is side-splitting. Everything is so tongue-in-cheek but what has enhanced all of his films are the special effects. Amazing characters, sound effects and soundtrack. I never give you guys spoilers or plots. Just watch this and judge for yourself. The box cover is all I share! ALL 5 STARS! Chow is a Champion of film.
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019
While not the best of his films (like Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer) this is still a great film. Anyone a fan of his other stuff should give this one a shot. For those wondering, yes this does have an English Dub track. I watched this on Netflix and all they had was English Sub. So I was hesitant buying the blu-ray because some people said it had it, while others said it did not.
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2018
As a martial arts movie fan my expectations are set reasonably low. I want characters without too much depth and an easy to follow plot. This movie delivers! The abilities and powers of the fighters are delightful and the motivations perfectly one dimensional. Great for a lighthearted evening of popcorn and goofy laughs.
Reviewed in the United States on November 15, 2020
Wish i would've bought it instead of rented it. This movie took me BY SURPRISE! Kung Fu Hustle has always held a special place in my heart, and i was hoping that this movie would be similar to it. In a way, I LOVED Journey to the West even more! It has action, suspense, romance, comedy, and most of all heart! I recommend this movie to anyone who loves the art of movies , how theyre made, why theyre made or even just to escape from the real world for 1hr and 45 min. I hope i explained this well enough for anyone who's on the fence about watching it, to give it a shot, i truly dont think you will be disappointed. I think i am gonna buy it next time i watch it.
The lead female is a bit annoying at times in this story, but overall I found this to be a fantastic telling of Journey to the West. Most of the story is very slapstick, but it does offer satisfying moments of depth. The scene where the monk begins singing nursery rhymes to the demon, and the look on the demon's face...priceless. The scene where the Monkey King tries to defeat the monk by ripping his hair out, and all that ensues...that is what I loved about this movie.
I admit i've been a Stephen Chow Fan for a long time and it definitely helps to know some of the comedic style and cultural references to the famous Journey to the West mythology that has been retold and remade so many times. And there are so many refreshing angles that Chow took that were pleasantly unexpected. I hesitated to invest time and money on one of Chow's not starring films!? Get out of here! Can't be good right? Wrong. His presence is so strongly felt even without his screen presence. The story just breezed by without any lulls and I haven't laughed this hard in a long time. For the non Chow initiated film collector looking for a audio visual feast you won't be disappointed with top notch graphics and action. The genius of his story telling and comedy is understandable to a wide audience. Example. His first scene there is an intense water battle which becomes a see saw balancing act (a visual reference we can all appreciate from our childhood) I can't wait to show this one to others. And maybe watch it in English next time. I watched in the original language with subs and I don't speak the dialect.
Anything Stephen Chow has a hand in is great. I personally love Chinese fantasy movies and this one is truly an adventure in China's mythical past. Reading Sub Titles does not take away from this movie or listen to it in English Dubbed, which is done very well on this film. Take it from me go out and find other movies that Stephen Chow was involved in. When he is a character in his or anyone's films it just rocks. If I had one super wish in life its would be to meet Stephen Chow, he has given me a great happiness in the roles he has portrayed, I wish he could make dozens of more movies before he decides to retire. You can't beat him or Jackie Chan.