Despite a lot of bad critics and rating for The Great Wall, I still like the movie.
It’s a good result to consider as a starting point for the cooperation between the Hollywood and Chinese productions.
The productions, directions, writers and the whole cast of the film, they all have a good will and intention to do their best.
They wanted to make a good movie.
I believe the lesson learn from this film is that the story should be written by the director himself. We should not use too much of special effects. It’s time to stop making super-powered heroes.
If we need to fight, flight as a human being. There are no monsters out there. The enemy should be human, not monster.
I think they picked the wrong story to be told and shot in China.
The Great Wall was set an old time in China where they need to fight with monsters. William and Tovar played by Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal were sent to China to search for black powder which can make explosions.
William later develops a strong relationship with General Lin played by Tian Jing. He decides to stay and fight against monsters until the end.
The sets are quite impressive. Zhang Yimou made his best to deliver what we’ve seen in the film. But as audiences, we need something more realistic, maybe a few surprises that go beyond our imagination.
Maybe it is because there are two many people involved with the project and at the end, they lost control.
The Hollywood should give the money and let Zhang Yimou develop his own story or at least the story should be written by Chinese writers.
The Great Wall is well received in China, even it doesn’t work out well in America.
Here is the trailer of the movie: