Written September 01, 2013
First of all, I did not expect it to be subtitled. Next, this movie has a long story, almost to the point of being a documentary more than an entertainment movie. 2 of my favorite Karate movies are the 1st two Ip Man movies. They had a story, but more action along with less story. This is the opposite. Some decent fight scenes, but more story than fights. It's a pretty movie, but I don't go to a Karate movie to see pretty.
Even the fight scenes are not as good as the Ip Man movies. The bad guy fight that this builds up doesn't happen. The major fight scenes it does have are blurred, sped up, and usually have snow or rain fall to additionally blur what you see, just like in the Cover/Title pic to the left of my blog. Also, the fighter is good, but not as good and especially not Hard Hitting like Donnie Yen in the original Ip Man's is. Don't get me wrong, there are some hard hits here where guys get knocked thru walls, but Ip doesn't really look like he can hit that hard here.
Written September 10, 2013
This movie isn't really as cool as it seems. There's definitely not that much martial arts in this movie and is kind of confusing with all the Chinese tradition and stuff. The acting is pretty good and the directing is pretty good, but the scripts aren't really for the American population. There's a lot of Chinese customs in the scripts, making the scripts fairly hard to understand and very tacky. Yes, Chinese movies tend to make the characters speak exaggeratedly deep over something as simple as, "You insulted my family's name." Seriously, no need to go into metaphors using dumplings and stuff like that. I really do wish I saw more fighting in this and that the fight scenes weren't so special effects oriented. The effects focused more on objects and parts of the body than the whole person. You can't really see them fighting very well. If you like asian martial art stuff, I'd suggest you watch something like, Bodyguards and Assassins. That one is better. :)
Written September 20, 2013
SUPPOSEDLY THIS MOVIE WAS CONTINUING HISTORY OF IP MAN LIFE IN HIS LATER YEARS AND HAS A LOVE STORY INVOLVED WITH ZERO CHEMISTRY BETWEEN THE TWO STARS. THIS MOVIE BLEW CHUNKS IT WAS LIKE BEING HOME WATCHING ICE MELT..SAVE YOUR MONEY
Written August 27, 2014
Never seen a martial art movie so beautiful like this. Guys, go watch the Grandmaster. Gonger by zhang ziyi is SOOO impressiv!
Written September 02, 2013
Sometime movie makers need to leave well enough alone. This is the case with The Grandmaster. It is a boring, slow paced movie that even makes the martial arts scenes seem tedious.
For those of you who have not seen the original IP Man starring Donnie Yen (2008) do yourselves a favor and go watch it and pass on the Grandmaster.
My wife and I went to see Grandmaster somewhat excited about how this version would tell the story of IP Man. Since the 2008 version was truly one of the best martial arts films ever made we had high hopes.
Unfortunately all The Grandmaster turned out to be is a mess. The director shot virtually all the fight scenes so close up and in slow motion and it took away from the most exciting parts of the film.
The story also gets bogged down in a lot of narration and jumping back and forth through the years. It was a complete let down and the few people in the theater seemed to feel the same way we did.
Save your money and skip this film .