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Not only is this movie so overwrought it made me sick (there were some good belly laughs thrown in too), the ending contains my favorite continuity error of all time. John Wayne walks down onto the beach at sunset. Consulting a map, one would note that beaches in Vietnam face east. Sorry Duke, this one's a stinker.
This film is a powerful depiction of the loss of innocence experienced by
many immigrants who came to this country, believing it was a veritable
promised land. Slowly and subtly, Levinson shows how their once close
families are pulled apart by the demands of the culture. From the flight
the middle class to the suburbs and the loss of traditional business
the transformations our society underwent in the post-war period are
captured here with masterful storytelling. Watch how television gradually
becomes the center of the home, rather than the family table. The turkey
scene, as funny as it is, is profound. The extended family is falling
as the geographical distance afforded by the automobile
The acting is tremendous. The performances of Quinn, Perkins, Muehler-Stahl and Plowright are worth the purchase alone. But don't miss young Elijah Wood in his first major film role.
This movie is one to treasure and revisit year after year--how about at Thanksgiving... :)
Ok, I'll admit it, I'd never heard of Wu Xia when I saw Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon. I guess I expected what most Americans have come to expect
standard martial arts fare.
Immediately, the treatment of the film reminded me much more of Kaige Chen
and Yimou Zhang than Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee. Something was remarkably
different here... Not knowing what to expect, I watched as the characters
moved from fighting to flying! I found myself laughing with joy at the
beauty of what my eyes were seeing but my oh-so-rational mind told me
The scope and direction of CTHD kept me riveted to my seat, my eyes to the screen. I could not wait to see what would happen next. Indulge me as I pay homage to the beauty and elegance of CTHD. The acting is superb (no nominations?)! The cinematography is breathtaking. Who cannot marvel at the sheer beauty of the battle in the bamboo trees?
The central character, Jen, is a fascinating character study of adolescent rebellion, juxtaposed with the courage, honor and duty of Bai, Shu Lien and even Lo. Heavily laden with symbolism and archetypal imagery, CTHD is closer to Greek Tragedy than what I used to think of as "martial arts."
Since the day I first saw CTHD, I've learned a great deal more about Wu Xia, and I look forward to checking out some of the other important films in the genre.
I understand that for longtime fans of Hong Kong cinema and Wu Xia, this movie may not blaze any new trails, but for me it has been an eye opening, mouth gaping education.