Parents' Guide to

Green Snake

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Constant violence in overlong action fantasy.

Movie NR 2021 131 minutes
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The film has great animation, constant violence, and a complicated story. Green Snake is a Chinese fantasy/action/adventure that tries to combine the mysticism of fantasy, the action and chaos of dystopian sci-fi, and the melodrama of anime. It tries to do too much, and as it pushes the two-hour-and-15-minute mark, the result is a movie that's excessive and needlessly complicated. Right when you're starting to get a fix on what's happening, there's another vehicle chase, fight sequence, or introduction to a new bevy of monsters trying to kill the heroes and heroines. The characters themselves come across as being written by someone whose sole exposure to dialogue is limited to Michael Bay movies and The Fast and Furious franchise.

In spite of the chaos of the story, the action sequences and the intricate animation in these sequences are quite good. There are some who will like this movie based solely on the level of detail in these scenes of battle and vehicle chases. There's a big budget here, and they made the most of it. Unfortunately, the big budget can't rescue this discordant clash of genres. The movie falls short of the ambitions it clearly has of being an epic action movie in the tradition of other epic action movies of the recent past. If anything, this proves the truth in the architect Mies Van Der Rohe's axiom that "less is more."

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