Wasting a good story that could have "subverted the imagination"

Reagan 2022-04-20 09:01:41

One star for a picture, another for a potentially good story.
After reading it, the first feeling is not to criticize, but to regret. After all, the director is attentive, but only on the pictures and scenes, not on the story. Maybe the screenwriter is also responsible? I think there are many more points worth exploring in this story, definitely not limited to this.
Many pictures on the Great Wall are quite good. The scene where the commander-in-chief sang Qin Opera and put on Kongming lanterns on the Great Wall after his sacrifice was still very touching, but obviously this contrast was not enough. The problem with these Olympic opening ceremony group performances is not the group performances themselves, but the fact that these gorgeous pictures simply do not have enough contrast. The director didn't focus on telling the story well.
The repeated Chinese and English simultaneous interpretation is really embarrassing, and it can be avoided with a little plot arrangement. For example, you can ask Jing Tian or Andy Lau to teach foreign friends about the history of gluttonous food and the forbidden army alone, and that part is purely English/Chinese. Nobody really cares that much about whether the characters in the movie understand each other, okay?
The central idea is chaotic and thin. Every 60 years, the Imperial Guards faced the gluttonous attack, and they went from generation to generation, not afraid of sacrifice, to protect their homeland (the main theme is coming, but I think this story is very suitable for the main theme), but finally you give me a point to point out A "trust"? The forbidden army fights for the collective and the destiny of the nation, and the mercenaries only serve their own interests. This is what the movie pointed out. How did the mystery turn into "trust"? I feel off topic. Or there are too many central ideas, and none of them are well explained.
From the perspective of the central idea, you will find that there are some plot settings in the movie that you don't know why. For example, the emperor's youthful incompetence contrasts sharply with the frontline fighting of the forbidden army. This gives people a feeling, ah, the safety of the forbidden army in exchange for their lives is being enjoyed by such a bunch of stupid nobles! and then? No then. But what is this branch for? Restoring history (obviously not, nor is it the task of this film)? Show the emperor's greed? But in the end, he was saved, but he did not receive retribution. The minister who transported the gluttons back was a bit interesting, greedy, wanted to rise to the top, and brought back the gluttons that were captured alive, which exposed the position of the palace, but this character disappeared later. All in all, there are a lot of these oblique branches, and I don’t know what they want to express in the end.
Finally a word about the "potentially good story" I'm looking forward to. In fact, after reading it, I opened up a lot of ideas. The Great Wall, gluttonous food, the forbidden army, and the black gunpowder trade, in fact, have a lot of points to explore! Allow me to open my mind below...
[饕餮] The popular science of gluttonous appeared a bit late in the film (when the ministers were sent from the DPRK to China), and it was simultaneous Chinese and English translation... I think the popular science of taotie is in the first place After a gluttonous attack, two crooked nuts were frightened and helped to kill two of them, they could appear. At that time, crooked nuts helped kill monsters and saved soldiers after all. Isn’t it normal to tell them about gourmet food? ? (Yes, replacing Jing Tian and the male protagonist you jump I jump, I was really afraid that similar lines would appear at the time). Being punished by God due to the greed of human nature, this setting is still possible, and it is also in line with the habit of eating and not spitting; but the history of taotie can be enriched.
[The Great Wall] Historically, the Great Wall was built by the Han nationality to resist the invasion of the northern nomads. In this story, it is set to resist the monster gluttonous that meets once in sixty years. That in itself is a selling point and a growing point. Is it possible to add a little more historical process and secrets of the construction of the Great Wall (only the internal organs controlled by the Tiger Army are shown in the film). And, does the final battle have to be placed in the capital Bianliang? My Great Wall was punched by monsters like this? I think the final decisive battle can be placed outside the Great Wall (the mountains and the Great Plains are all battlefields), the Great Wall was captured, and the forbidden army made the final resistance on the edge of the broken wall, and then Jing Tian and Damon rode the Kongming Lantern from the sky. The beastmaster shoots to death, in fact, it is also possible.
[Dian Commander] The gluttonous disaster happened once in 60 years. The temple commander said that Taotie was smarter than the last time, indicating that he had personally experienced the last attack. Assuming that the commander of the palace went to the Great Wall to fight at the age of 17 or 18, and he would be 80 years later in 60 years, should his makeup look a little older? (This is not the most important point). I think the character of the commander of the palace can also be painted and portrayed as the soul and epitome of the Imperial Army. For example, he can use his memories to show the history of the confrontation between the Imperial Army and the gluttonous, and pave the way for family and country feelings (Or 'trust', whatever ), making the death of the commander-in-chief truly a huge blow to the Imperial Army, driving the change of the plot, which can also serve as a backdrop for Laomouzi's elaborate depiction of the Fengdeng Night Festival and the grand scenes of Qin Opera outside the Great Wall.
[Military Advisor Andy Lau] I think Andy Lau's military advisor is a bit tasteless. He is a think tank. The knowledge contributed by Wai Guoren is comparable to his, and he himself does not have any inner drama or character. I don't even think it's necessary to highlight a separate military division image. If it stands out, give him a little plot or character ups and downs! (Other leaders of the Imperial Guard have similar problems, based on the results of the actors pulling the box office)
[Jing Tian] I am not interested in her gossip, and I will discuss the film on the basis of the film. Maybe it's because Jing Tian is the most inked character in the whole film, I think the character image has come out. However, as the protagonist, she did not seem to have any ups and downs in her heart throughout the film, and she served as the tutor of the crooked nuts throughout the whole film (only in the end, she said that we are the same kind of people, but that is not about her). Her biggest feature is the same as the commander-in-chief and the Imperial Guard, which is that she sacrifices herself to defend her country (and "trust"), and seems to lack her own characteristics. Emotional scenes are really not suitable in this story, and there is no need to impose them. Maybe we can make some preparations from Jing Tian's life experience.
[Damon] The only character in the whole film whose heart has changed ("growth"), was influenced by the actions of Jing Tian and the Imperial Guard, and felt ashamed for his past self-interested behavior. In the end, he and Jing Tian eliminated the Beastmaster together. Personally, I don't think there is anything wrong with such a change, but the movie's handling of Damon's psychological changes is too hasty. With almost no inner struggle and back and forth, Damon gave up on his beliefs and principles (and not because of love) for most of his life. This epiphany came too suddenly. I think both "greed" and "collectivism" may be the main reasons for the epiphany, but if you put some effort into creating it, such as connecting with Damon's past life experience, this "epidemic" may be more logical.
Writing here, I suddenly found out that the main characters of this film all have [no past]! Especially the hero and heroine! It is no wonder that the actions of the characters are lacking in motivation and lack of change. All in all, such a heavy historical symbol as the Great Wall and the ancient mythical image of gluttonous food can indeed achieve the "subversive imagination" promoted by movie posters in terms of materials. It's a pity that the director only focused on the pictures and actors, wasting a good story that may "subvert the imagination".

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Extended Reading
  • 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)

  • Anne 2021-11-30 08:01:27

    It's hard to say a word, Zhang Hanyu, the only one with acting skills, hung up as soon as the opening...

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.