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The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violence, suicide in confusing Chinese action-fantasy.

Movie NR 2021 132 minutes
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Master

Great storyline and message. All the actors were great. Scenes were fantastic. A lot of fighting and violence, but overall awesome movie.

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This confusing Chinese action-fantasy is a mess. Two rivals become allies and then friends as they solve a murder and then stop a recently awoken "evil serpent" who grows as it consumes human desires. That's The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity at its core. The problem is that the style and convoluted storytelling creates an atmosphere so irritatingly bombastic and pretentious, this central narrative is incredibly difficult to follow and, ultimately, care about one way or the other. Nearly every scene has melodramatic background music usually only heard in either self help documentaries rooted in cheesy mysticism or NFL Films highlights of touchdown passes. The male characters wear more guyliner than an emo band from the MySpace era. The dialogue is marred by constant martial arts fantasy cliches on the order of, to paraphrase, "in existence, there is life and death, love and hate," and so on and so forth.

There is also a giant hissing and growling CGI "evil serpent." There is, somewhere in this mess, the story summary presented at the beginning of this review, but so much of it gets lost in the pretentious style. There's something about a "Heaven Worship Ceremony" and the "Department of Celestial Observation." "Four Guardians" and a "hair demon." Teleportation. Protection spells. It's an exhausting watch of over two hours. The movie is based on a book, and it seems like perhaps the filmmakers tried too hard to stick to the book at the expense of creating a screenplay that effectively translates the book into film. The camera always moves, and most shots never last more than 2-3 seconds, even if it's just two characters sitting down and facing each other while conversing. Overall, it's an annoying and disorienting movie.

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