The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)
Director: Rob Minkoff
Cast: Jet Li as The Monkey King / The Silent Monk, Michael Angarano as Jason Tripitikas, Jackie Chan as Lu Yan / Old Hop, Yifei Liu as Golden Sparrow / Chinatown Girl, Collin Chou as Jade Warlord, Juana Collignon as Southie Girl, Morgan Benoit as Lupo, Bingbing Li as Ni Chang, Jack Posobiec as Southie, Thomas McDonell as Young Southie, Zhi Ma Gui as Old Woman, Shen Shou He as Farmer, Bin Jiang as Young Village Man, Shaohua Yang as Jade Soldier, Yu Yuan Zeng as Inn Keeper
Jet Li + Jackie Chan = 1 Word... IMBA! I'm definitely a kung-fu movie
fan, especially if it's starring Jackie Chan OR Jet Li, but this movie
has them both in! The movie is all about the Chinese epic tale:
"Journey to the West" About Sun Wu Kong, or better known as "Stone
Monkey" it's one of my favorite Chinese stories.
It started out slow and it had me all confused when the main character
was an American boy but it turns out that they had their own version of
the tale. The boy strangely gets ported back inside the story where he
meets the characters whose roles are played by Jet Li and Jackie Chan
and they set out in a quest to return a staff owned by the stone monkey
who was prophesied to end the tyranny of the Jade warlord, an evil
general who is the villain in the movie.
The action scenes were really good, superb even. Jackie chan and Jet Li
still had their kung-fu in them and it was fun and amusing to watch.
The Acting was good, especially by Jackie chan and Jet Li. (I liked Jet
Li's role as stone monkey especially, because he really looked like a
monkey) The storyline though, was quite predictable because, Jackie
chan movies always end in happy endings. but as I always say: "What you
say is just as important as how you say it." Same goes with a movie,
though the storyline is predictable, how the story went and how it was
flavored with humor and drama and action made the movie much, much
better and so worthwhile and entertaining to watch.