Monday, May 09, 2005

Kung Fu Hustle

Ben and I saw "Kung Fu Hustle" Saturday night. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. I think I had seen some previews where members of the "Axe Gang" did dance moves, so I thought it was going to be to music what "Shaolin Soccer" was to soccer.

Nope. The dance moves were just throwaway gags in a movie full of throwaway gags. The basic plot of the movie is that a guy who wants to be in the Axe Gang and his Silent-Bob-esque sidekick go into a poor neighborhood and stir up trouble that brings down the wrath of the Axe Gang on the poor neighborhood. The neighborhood, as it turns out, is home to a variety of retired kung fu masters for inadequately explained reasons.

The movie was pretty funny in parts, and if it was formulaic, it wasn't a formula I was used to. Still, not as much fun as Shaolin Soccer. 3/5 stars.

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