This is a rebuttal review to mikemillars review of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon; it can be found at: (http://www.epinions.com/content_10010529412#ow).
Curious, my wife and I walked away from the film with a totally different impression of the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. The movie was so much more that a Kung Fu flick; in fact the main theme wasnt even about the martial arts. It was in the best classical sense a love story between four people; two who lived their lives steeped in tradition, and two who lived life by their own rules. Both couples loved and lost because of those rules. The love story was compelling and magical; the fight scenes were incidental and added excitement and were attention grapping.
I am a veteran of the King Fu genre of films (I used to watch them every Saturday afternoon growing up) and the fight sequences in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon were extraordinary, and somewhat believable. I say somewhat because the flying and skipping were defiantly the thing of fantasy, but the rest had me on the edge of my seat. The ending, unlike many American films had me on the edge of my seat because I didnt know what was going to happen; that I like. I am so tired of the same ole formula I have seen three thousand times before; you know the one when you feel you wrote the script. Surprise me, dazzle me, intrigue me, enthrall me, keep me guessing, keep me thinking until the bitter end. That is what I enjoy and expect from a movie, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon does not disappoint.
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older
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