Thursday, April 17, 2014

Journey to the West: A Review

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Directed By: Stephen Chow
Written By: Stephen Chow
Rated: PG 13
Time: 110 min
Starring: Qi Shu, Zhang Wen, Bo Huang, Lo Show
Plot: This is a world plagued by demons, who cause its human inhabitants unspeakable suffering. Young demon hunter Xuan Zang, fearlessly guided by his belief in "giving himself for the greater cause," risks his all and conquers a water demon, a pig demon and the demon of all demons, Sun Wukong. He embraces them as his disciples, and melts them with love. Meanwhile, Xuan Zang discovers the true meaning of Greater Love himself. In order to atone for their own sins and save the common people, the four of them embark on a journey to the West that's full of challenges…

Comments: Journey to the West follows the story of Xuan Zang, a young Buddhist monk eager to prove himself as a worthy demon hunter. Instead of using his fists, Zang uses an old book of nursery rhymes that is said to awaken the goodness within the hearts of those conquered by evil. Unsuccessful in his efforts, Xuan meets a strong, beautiful demon hunter named Miss Duan who uses brute force to defeat demons, and so far it has been working for her quite well. In his efforts to unlock his own hidden power, Xuan decides to join Miss Duan on her journey to vanquish other demons and rid the world of evil.

I really love Stephen Chow. Shaolin and Kung Fu Hustle are just fun to watch. When we saw that you could get Journey to the West off of Xbox movies Eben and I were quite pleased as we had found nothing of interest at the local rental place. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons is, as you can guess, is a comedic retelling of the Chinese folktale. It has action. It has humor. And even a bit of romance. I knew a little about Journey to the West so I was expecting Monkey King to show up eventually as well as his two other companions. The CGI can be sketchy at times, but it is a fun little romp half live action anime, half looney tunes. Completely worth it in my opinion if you like his other films.

Rent/Cinema?If you are like me and have access to the Xbox films definitely rent it. It was worth it.

3.5/4 popcorns

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