Weekly Mini Review: The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

(Left to right) Jet Li,, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano, Yifei Liu

(Left to right) Jet Li,, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano, Yifei Liu

Story: A young martial arts movie geek finds that he’s destined to save ancient China as its savior. Basically, The Last Starfighter with Kung Fu.

Review: Those who watch this just to see Jackie Chan perform his usual stunning choreography might be disappointed by the use of wire tricks and other special effects in place of actual acrobatics. However, the writing and acting are quite palatable. And, after all, both of the stars of this flick are getting pretty old. It’s worth a watch if you can’t find something that you know is better.

Recommended for: martial arts movie geeks, die-hard Jackie Chan and/or Jet Li fans who will watch anything they’re in.

Content Notes: (PG, ages 10+) – somewhat genuinely violent, a few minor toilet-humor jokes, some off-putting special effects.

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