I went into "The Great Wall" expecting very little, but I did have a little hope with Max Brooks as the writer. That means that pretty much anything would have exceeded my expectations, and it did. But it still wasn't very good.
The story is very flawed. While it does its best to try to justify a white character, it feels very much like Matt Damon served as the "white savior". I don't think that this is a particularly flattering thing about the film. The storyline is also thoroughly predictable, hitting a lot of the common monster movie story beats. In fact, I think that the film almost would have been better if it were an actual historic invader, like the Mongols because it wouldn't have been more of the same thing. The incorporation of comedic relief was enjoyable, though.
Some parts of the fight scenes were exciting and unique, but other parts felt drawn straight out of other films. For example, some of the CGI looks almost exactly the same as some from "World War Z". Otherwise, the CGI is pretty good for the most part, although the design of the monsters is a little weird. The cinematography doesn't really have anything to complain about, but all of the extremely good shots seem to be computer-generated. The editing was problematic, though, with a lot of jump cuts and hectic, disorienting editing in the action scenes.
So overall, "The Great Wall" wasn't as horrible as I expected, and it actually served as some mindless enjoyment. Other than that, it doesn't bring much else to the table.
The Great Wall
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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