The Man With The Iron Fist directed by RZA came to the theatres on November 2nd 2012. It featured noted actors like: Russell Crowe, Cung Le, and Lucy Liu. Since its debut on the big screen, critics have been going back and forth when it comes to RZA’s directing and acting debut. Some would agree that The Man With The Iron Fist was a worthy action movie while some said it lacked the lustre of a seasoned actor and director. So let’s go ahead and take a look at a couple of reviews from two top critics of the movie world:
“The Man With The Iron Fist: A Not So Solid Film
‘the Man With the Iron Fists” is an exact replica of 1970s kung-fu pictures, right down to the jerky stunts, wooden dialogue and overenthusiastic music. Congratulations, I guess, but I think if Per Se really wanted to serve Salisbury steak from a frozen Swanson TV dinner, it could. Why would it?
Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA directs, co-writes (with Eli Roth of “Hostel”) and stars in this martial-arts saga set in olden days China. After the assassination of local kingpin Gold Lion, the old man’s son Zen Yi (Rick Yune) seeks revenge against the treacherous usurpers Silver Lion and Bronze Lion (Byron Mann, Cung Le), with many limbs to be lopped off in the process.”
You read the rest of the review at the New York Post
Here’s a more a positive review on this recent film from Nick Pinkerton
“The Man With The Iron Fists Might Be Refreshingly Bad
As Wu-Tang Clan’s principal producer and myth-maker, Robert “RZA” Diggs translated the group’s rugged urban background into the language of Wuxia flicks and ’70s Marvel Comics. These elements are accounted for in RZA’s first film, the 19th-century-China-setThe Man With the Iron Fists. The director plays the blacksmith of factious violence-torn Jungle Village, which is invaded by brigands who have absconded with the governor’s gold as well as outsiders with grudges to nurse, Englishman Mr. Knife (Russell Crowe) and Zen Yi (Rick Yune). As Iron Fists gets rolling, you immediately have the sense of watching a movie made by someone who has no immediate expectation of making another, and has consequently decided to throw in every bit of chop-socky business all at once, cluttering the screen with all manner of outlandish weapon-accessories, superpowered characters with axiomatic names (Brass Body, the Gemini Killers), and calligraphy writ with arterial spray. As a narrative, it is about as cohesive as Bobby Digital in Stereo, the action scenes are often too cluttered for legibility, and, curious to say of a movie made by a musician, the film has broad swaths without tempo. But if Iron Fists is sometimes badly made, it is refreshingly badly made. It has a homemade charm that comes from a sense of having gestated in a lifelong obsession: A flashback showing RZA’s blacksmith escaping his plantation to wash up on the shores of China gets at Wu-Tang’s essential cross-cultural tension, curiously touching in its suggestion of a young Robert Diggs gaining a sense of personal nobility (and a bowdlerized primer on Buddhism) through the conduit of duped Golden Harvest VHS tapes.”
The original article can be read at The Village Voice
So there you go! Two sides to the story for this new film The Man With The Iron Fist. Of course, there is no better critic to judge the film but yourselves. So go ahead and catch this new movie in theatres near you.
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