How could something that is so gorgeous also be so damn dull? Well, where there's a will, there's a Wong Kar Wai.
The jazzy, experimental arthouse darling of the 1990s ('Chunking Express,' 'Fallen Angels,' 'Happy Together') fails to get out of his '2046'/'My Blueberry Nights' slump with 'The Grandmaster,' a strong contender for most boring picture of 2013. The version I saw is the Weinstein Company's “American Cut,” not to be confused with the homegrown successful “Chinese Cut” or the intermediary cut that played at festivals like Berlin.
It's been almost twenty years since Wong Kar Wai directed 1994's kung-fu epic 'Ashes of Time,' a film that nearly broke the filmmaker and sent him off to direct 'Chungking Express' in a flurry of creativity that helped create the Wong Kar Wai we know today. Though his post-production process on 'The Grandmaster' was almost as long, it didn't seem to cause a spin-off movie. Still, the trailer for 'The Grandmaster' looks amazing.
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