I got to see Kung Fu Hustle tonight in a free preview screening at Sony Pictures Studio. I don’t watch kung fu movies, so I have no basis for comparison, but I thought this one was awesome. Very stylized, incredibly incredibly funny, and great use of music. During one scene Margaret said she was laughing so hard she cried, and I know I myself was at the point where I wasn’t even laughing audibly anymore, just shaking in utter hilarity–quite a change from the last movie I watched with Margaret! I loved it. The movie also made me think, this is why I don’t like Kill Bill all that much: I have very little stomach for graphic violence and gore, and this movie shows that you can have that fabulous style and great humor without having to be so incredibly bloody. (Not that this one didn’t also have its moments, but still. I did spend most of it with my eyes open.) Watching this movie (and hanging out with Margaret) was the perfect end to my last day of classes for the quarter.
I encourage you to go see the movie when it comes out! Check for it in the first couple of weeks of April; release dates are limited and I think they vary by city.
Now I have to see Shaolin Soccer, since it’s by the same director.
[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at satsumabug.livejournal.com.]