"The Great Wall": As a bucket of 1 billion yuan of popcorn, it is qualified

Chet 2022-04-20 09:01:41

In the sound of "black", I want to say a few words for "The Great Wall". "The Great Wall" has a grand opening that is no less powerful than any big scene in a Hollywood blockbuster. The first 30 minutes are the 30 minutes with the most intense conflict and the best scenes in the whole film. These 30 minutes have very distinct Zhang Yimou characteristics: grand scenes, strong colors, dense crowds, uniform movements, gongs and drums resounding in the sky, wide panoramic vision... Zhang Yimou seems to have moved the opening ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games to In the movie, at some moments, the shadow of "The Golden Armor in the City" can be seen again. The special effects are produced by the special effects studio that has created "The Lord of the Rings" and "Warcraft", and the imax effect is quite amazing. It is said that the investment of the film is as high as 1 billion yuan, and this momentum is indeed made with real money. The story of "The Great Wall" is not complicated: during the Song Dynasty, the monsters that feed on humans, gluttons, would gather every 60 years to hunt for food in the territory of humans. The Great Wall was built to resist gluttonous gluttons. Matt Damon plays a "businessman" who came to China to find black powder. He was arrested by mistake, and met the Chinese "shadowless forbidden army" who fought against the gluttonous. Total victory. This is a typical monster type film, and the story is very routine. It has a canonical plot: the monster arrives - the crisis is full - the close call - the victory. Characters with stereotypes: Matt Damon has changed from a thief + liar + killer to a hero with bravery and sacrifice; the role played by Pedro Pascal, in contrast to the protagonist, is common in Hollywood A good and a bad setting. It also conveys a certain universal value: in "The Great Wall", this value is "trust", Jing Tian used trust to persuade Matt Damon, and the soldiers also rely on trust to defeat gluttons... Tell the routine well, It is the most basic responsibility of a commercial genre film. Objectively speaking, "The Great Wall" has done a very good job. After all, it is a Hollywood screenwriter who has written works such as "The Bourne Bourne". The story is told smoothly, and the rhythm can also capture the audience's emotions. In addition, the film set includes many popular Chinese and foreign actors, old, middle and young people. Although Chen Xuedong appeared in less than 10 seconds, Huang Xuan said no more than 5 words, which was enough to make fans excited for a while. Indeed, "The Great Wall" has always catered to the audience's taste from beginning to end, and has worked very hard to meet the audience's psychological needs and viewing expectations. You can say that it is a routine, it has no artistic pursuit, and it does not convey any valuable information to the audience, but you cannot say that it is not popular and beautiful. Because its original intention is to make a bucket of delicious popcorn, not a refined niche who needs to pay attention to heat and pursue nutrition ginseng soup. Of course, "The Great Wall" was hacked mainly because it was a standard popcorn movie. Accompanied by this, there is a lot of talk about "Zhang Yimou is dead". But objectively speaking, it is too harsh to require directors to only contribute ideology and artistry to the film world and not use resources to make popcorn-style commercial films. Film is a high-investment, high-risk project. There is no typology, market stability and risk controllability are very poor, the participation of capital and human resources is greatly reduced, and the sound development of film lacks motivation. Just imagine, if "The Great Wall" is not a monster type film, but a literary film like "Return", how could Zhang Yimou get investment from mainstream Hollywood capital, and someone else's shot is 150 million US dollars? On the contrary, after typification, as long as there is a good project and certain market expectations, anyone can enter the film market with a check, and each link can quickly find the right person and form a team, and quickly complete a standard-compliant film. film, so as to achieve the maximum rational allocation of capital and human resources. Popcorn movies have their own value. The development and improvement of the film industry requires the maturity of commercial films. Typography provides a standardized model for film production and a way to mobilize resources, which can ensure the most basic production level of the film, greatly satisfy the audience's viewing expectations, and stimulate the audience's desire to watch movies. After all, only a few people love and can afford ginseng, and popcorn is suitable for all ages. You can love "Red Sorghum" and "Alive", but it is "The Great Wall" that brings the most audience into the theater. Therefore, you must not underestimate a bucket of popcorn, it is not easy to make it delicious and pleasing. In fact, one of the big problems with Chinese movies at the moment is that many people think that selling ginseng is more advanced than selling popcorn. The people who make popcorn want to produce ginseng, but they don't want to pay the cost of producing ginseng, so what they end up with is nondescript. , it's better to make popcorn in a down-to-earth way. In this sense, "The Great Wall" can at least get a passing score. It doesn't have any grand pursuit. It just wants to make popcorn, and it spent 1 billion to do it. The effect is not bad. What else do you ask for it? "The Great Wall" not only provides a sample for Chinese monster films, but also sets a precedent for how to use Hollywood funds and models to tell a "Chinese story" (although it can't be told well). This bucket of popcorn, I personally think it's not that bad, why should film critics be so harsh. - starter $500 million? On the contrary, after typification, as long as there is a good project and certain market expectations, anyone can enter the film market with a check, and each link can quickly find the right person and form a team, and quickly complete a standard-compliant film. film, so as to achieve the maximum rational allocation of capital and human resources. Popcorn movies have their own value. The development and improvement of the film industry requires the maturity of commercial films. Typography provides a standardized model for film production and a way to mobilize resources, which can ensure the most basic production level of the film, greatly satisfy the audience's viewing expectations, and stimulate the audience's desire to watch movies. After all, only a few people love and can afford ginseng, and popcorn is suitable for all ages. You can love "Red Sorghum" and "Alive", but it is "The Great Wall" that brings the most audience into the theater. Therefore, you must not underestimate a bucket of popcorn, it is not easy to make it delicious and pleasing. In fact, one of the big problems with Chinese movies at the moment is that many people think that selling ginseng is more advanced than selling popcorn. The people who make popcorn want to produce ginseng, but they don't want to pay the cost of producing ginseng, so what they end up with is nondescript. , it's better to make popcorn in a down-to-earth way. In this sense, "The Great Wall" can at least get a passing score. It doesn't have any grand pursuit. It just wants to make popcorn, and it spent 1 billion to do it. The effect is not bad. What else do you ask for it? "The Great Wall" not only provides a sample for Chinese monster films, but also sets a precedent for how to use Hollywood funds and models to tell a "Chinese story" (although it can't be told well). This bucket of popcorn, I personally think it's not that bad, why should film critics be so harsh. - starterLitchi Sharp Review——

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  • Angie 2022-04-24 07:01:06

    This film can be called "Attack on the gluttonous" or "Game of Thrones: The gluttonous is coming". The scene is grand, the special effects are excellent, the cast is strong, and the acting skills are basically maintained at their respective levels. The plot is too simple and the background setting is even paler, but because of the American screenwriter, there are quite a lot of American jokes. Overall, it's pretty good to spend eight yuan to see the special effects.

  • Dedrick 2021-11-30 08:01:27

    Congratulations to Director Zhang Yimou! With the skill of Golden Lion and Golden Bear, he successfully ranks among the directors of Hollywood's second-rate monster blockbuster! The movie is tense and orderly. According to five teams, six stages show the artifacts of our ancient civilization, such as the Great Wall, ringing arrows, Kongming lanterns, drum bands, gunpowder, etc. The scene is spectacular and the atmosphere is warm. The special effects and scenes are really lively and costly, and it can be called a visual beast banquet in a sea of ​​humans and beasts! (No typo)

The Great Wall quotes

  • William: The last time I saw you, you left me for dead.

    Tovar: The time before that I saved your life!

  • Commander Lin Mae: [about William] Men like him have many things they can teach us.