10 January 2019 | tabuno
An Enjoyable Feel Good Coming of Age Fantasy Adventure
12 August 2017. Enter the Warrior's Gate is Matthew Broderick meets The Neverending Story (1984) and Big Trouble in Little China (1986). This entertaining coming of age adventure movie joins East and West in a nice cultural fusion. There are hints of comedy with the cultural clashes between East and West, between old and new as well as between magic and practical human endeavor. While not as epic or dramatic on scale as Yimou Zhang's Hero (2004) with Jet Li, Enter the Warrior's Gate offers breath taking landscapes, typical American commerce and juvenile bullying, and the martial art adventures of a young protagonist that at times seems to be pretty fumbling like Kurt Russell's character in Big Trouble in Little China but in a youthful, dumb sort of way like a younger Matthew Broderick. The movie script is stretched in a few places to make the pacing and the plot seem to connect and just manages to keep the entire movie intact. For an enjoyable, if not spectacular, feel-good movie, this is one of those movies to watch.