Kung Fu Film Is Okay, But There Are Multiple Alternatives.
This movie is really freaking weird. Right before seeing this movie, I did some research, and apparantly it was nominated for 16 and won 6 Hong Kong Film Awards including Best Picture. That's like the Oscars in Hong Kong! So I went in hoping for an exciting action movie that maybe (maybe) had deeper meanings. I mean, how else would it win 6 "Oscars?" Yeah, I was wrong. Kung Fu Hustle does not have deeper meaning, nor is very exciting. Let's get the bad over with. I felt that this was unnecessarily bloody and vulgar when the whole surreal special effects (which I will get to later) make it seem like it's for little kids. Second, I hated the main character. I thought he would be a flawed hero, but he's really just a flawed a--hole that's tough to be around for the majority of the movie. And finally, the special effects. I realize that it's Hong Kong (or somewhere else, I honestly don't remember) and they don't have that high of a budget for computer effects, but wow are they awful. They would be funny if they were real looking, but they're just creepy. I would also accept it if they glossed over that fact and did mostly practical stunts, but the entire movie is drenched in the stuff. Two scenes in particular, one where the main character challenges villagers to a fight and they all have surprising things is the best way I can describe it(example: Old man is really buff, tall guy is just kneeling, etc.) and another where the main character has swollen lips. Yeah, it's terrible. (Edit: They also pull a Fant4stic and introduce the villain with, like, fifteen minutes to go.)The good is, there are some genuinely funny moments in Kung Fu Hustle. Mostly when the CGI dosen't get in the way, it gets pretty good and even hilarious at times. Second, are the fight scenes. Although most aren't outstanding, they are all great. Especially a battle involving a deadly instrument, and a brief sparring scene between three masters. As for inappropriate stuff, there are some unnecessary "F" words and bloody scenes. But otherwise, it's fine. I still think that Kung Fu Hustle is a good movie, I just don't think it's good for a Best Picture winner.