Written July 30, 2015
This was the worst movie I have ever seen. The acting was awful, the story was shallow, and the fighting was ridiculous. Rza should stick with rapping. I thought for a while that it was trying to spoof Kung Fu movies, but if it was it even did that badly. The only redeeming quality of this movie was that it ended.
Written December 22, 2014
Wu-Tang staple and wuxia film affecionado RZA delivers probably one of the most over the top and fun films I have seen this year. The Man With The Iron Fists gives the moviegoers who are unfamiliar with the classic kung-fu films of the 60s and 70s an action packed look at the world the iconic studio portrayed in their golden days. This is a passion project to its core. RZA puts great effort in paying homage to the films that greatly influenced Wu-Tang's sound and culture. Everyone involved in this film were clearly having fun with their respective roles, especially Russell Crowe as Jack Knife and Byron Mann as the traitorous Silver Lion. The cast boasts some very notable wuxia actors, including the legendary Gordon Liu as the Abbott. Another notable aspect of this film is the soundtrack. The music ranged from the traditional 70s music, with slick guitar riffs and orchestral flares to hip-hop. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves wuxia films or films in general.
Written March 27, 2015
I watched the first 30 minutes then I passed out. It has crappy over dramatic since as my bf who stayed awake describes and some horrible acting. I'm not sure of the year it's based in but the music was all rap in today's era which bothered me for some reason. I like rap music, however it didn't fit. If it was supposed to be more of a comedy spoof I didn't catch on. So if you want to see it wait for it to come to dvd, then decide.
Written January 28, 2015
It was'nt one of Tarantino's better movies, in my opinion. An O.K. story with lots of martial arts fighting and a certain look (China 1800's ) that made it worth while. Russel Crowe and Lucy Liu were good and Byron Mann( I've never heard of him before) was good too. I give it a Go.
Written September 01, 2014
It's possible I was expecting a Kill Bill, but the truth is that I thought this movie was rather bland. I had fun watching it but there are some major flaws: characters are all under-developed, the plot seems half-baked, and the music selection wasn't appropriate. I get that movie styles are in flux and so things are always changing to match current trends, but rap music as a back-drop to a Chinese Kung-Fu fantasy is overwhelming. There is so much going on visually that you fight to focus over the rap. I never grew to like any of the large of amount of characters. Lucy Liu is great, Bautista is surprisingly in sync and Russell Crowe is great as always. Beyond the beauty of all the scenery and costumes, which are phenomenal, it's difficult to get over the lack of a tangible story. Even the love interests feel hollow and unfinished.
Don't go for a compelling, dramatic story. Go for the amazing fight scenes, fun special effects and crazy action. Just don't look under the veneer.