An avid fan of the fantasy genre, I’ve always been the kind of a filmgoer that loved a new or different storyline with the hint of fantasy and surrealism.
A film I watched recently that did very well in my books was, ‘The Great Wall’. Released in 2016, the film was directed by Zhang Yimou starring Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau. Beautiful screenplay by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro, and Tony Gilroy and splendid cinematography by Stuart Dryburgh and Zhao Xiaoding. Music by Ramin Djawadi, of course, has to be mentioned for the great job it does in adding to the essence of the film and making the whole experience more realistic.
His first English language film Zhang Yimou managed to film a big budget monster film with great action sequences, just that hint of romance, fantasy, a touch of legend and curses. All in all, making it a complete action-packed commercial hit. Despite the mixed reviews that it received, the film managed to gross almost twice its production budget of 150 million dollars.
The film follows the story of two European mercenaries traveling, attempting to find the secrets of gunpowder. They arrive at the Great Wall amidst an incredibly huge army preparing for war. As they’re caught prisoners, they slowly realize that the army’s enemy might not be human after all.
A brilliant film, it is great and entertaining watch with the audience almost excited to know what’s going to happen next and exactly how.
If you’re the kind of movie buff that likes a bit of fantasy and a lot of action, this movie should be on top of your list!
I’d give it a 4/5.