Monday, March 14, 2011
Movie Review: The Warrior's Way
Warrior's Way, to be fair, is beautiful to look at. The action scenes were satisfying if you're not looking for depth and if you're not fed up with CGI in live-action movies. But it's all style and very little substance. It had a pretty good director and plenty of cash to burn. Unfortunately, the director was also the writer. That's usually disastrous.
It's about ninjas and cowboys. Well, we can't call them ninjas officially because the country where the protagonist came from wasn't specified as Japan. But for all intents and purposes, they're fucking ninjas. Life goes on.
The premise all but dictates that this will be full of stock characters. That's not necessarily a bad thing, story-wise. Afro Samurai was full of stock characters but it worked. So did The Dark Tower. No, stock characters aren't the problem. The problem is that all the explosions and blood sprays in the world of cinema cannot make a so-so story better. Director/writer Sngmoo Lee thinks otherwise. We see that he's wrong.
Genre mash-ups are about taking what's best in a couple (or more) genres and putting them together to make something awesome. Sometimes they work. Sometimes they don't. It would've worked with The Warrior's Way if it had looked like the howling spawn of Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone. It looks more like 300 in the Wild West. With not-ninjas. And bad dialogues.
Also, why did they call it The Warrior's Way? They should've called it Cowboys Versus Ninjas. It would've sounded less pretentious.
Last note: I enjoyed it because of the fight scenes. The same reason I can say I enjoyed Transformers and Transformers 2. Other than that, it was utter crap. Just like Transformers and Transformers 2.