Film Review - Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

The Movie
NetFlix seems to be on a mission don't they. Here is the sequel to the 2001 movie, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Michelle Yeoh returns in this movie which sees her trying to protect the Green Destiny, this time from an evil prick of a warlord named Hades Dai played by Jason Scott Lee. There is a lot to like in this movie especially if you are a fan of the original film. The cinematography is great, the sets look amazing, and the acting is pretty good. I know, I know, you want to know about the fighting and I have to say I found it entertaining. Be warned, if you are not a fan of what has commonly been referred to as "wire-fu" then you're probably not going to like this movie. Yuen Woo Ping lends his signature style to this movie and it works for the most part. The movie is also in full english so you don't have to worry about subtitles unless you want to use them. Now back to the fighting. Seriously though this movie hits a lot of the same beats that the first one did and that for the most part isn't a bad thing. Especially since the first movie came out 15 years ago. That being said this movie is not without its faults. First, I feel like this movie should have been a little bit longer. The movie is about an hour and forty minutes long but some scenes feel like something is missing. Another thing Jason Lee's villain is not interesting at all, he's just there to be beat. Most of his "evil" happens via flashback but they aren't very deep flashbacks. Also, I felt like the pacing was uneven. Some characters are not fleshed out, for instance, the blind enchantress in the film her background is handled with about two lines of dialogue and that was it, her fight scene though was excellent. The last thing that got me was the climatic fight between Silent Wolf and Hades Dai went from being good to ri-damn-dicuolous.  Other than that I have to say I still had fun watching the film. It has that Shaw Bros feel that I like in kung fu films and a pretty decent story.

For Parents
This movie is available on NetFlix and is rated TV-14. There is fighting with a few deaths but nothing gory. There isn't any language or sex in the film as well. There is however one scene of brief nudity but you don't see anything because steam covers the shot. I feel the whole family can watch it and it wouldn't be a problem.

The Verdict
I'm going to give this a WATCH IT. There was more to like than dislike in this movie. Also if you are a fan of martial arts features then I think you can enjoy this with no problems.


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