Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

Zhang Yimou's HERO

Zhang Yimou's HERO

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

This is without a doubt the most boring film I’ve seen in months.

The photography and art direction are astonishing but after a while began reminding me of gorgeous television car commercials. You know, the ones where you see a gleaming mid-size sedan piloted by beautiful young people (young man with stubble) doing the slo-mo thing through leaves, water, and chic night life spots to a languid techno beat. Only here the imagery surrounds repetitive wire fights that offer no excitement.

There are moments of beauty — an arrow attack, a fight through swirling leaves, a collapsing ring of stacked bamboo.

But the story is uninvolving, the performances are uninspired (I had been under the impression that Jet Li was an actor, but I was wrong), and the lovers generate no spark whatsoever.

One approach to try — turn off the sound and watch the pretty pictures while you read the newspaper.

 

Zhang Yimou 's HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS

Zhang Yimou 's HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS

Frank Miller's SIN CITY