Reviews and Problems with The Man With The Iron Fists
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The Man with the Iron Fists
20 May 2013
Excerpt: When you see Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu on a poster in a martial arts movie “presented” by Quentin Tarantino and co-written by cult director and writer Eli Roth, then you expect things to really splash off the screen.
Conclusion: According to Wikipedia , Russell Crowe's Jack Knife character was partly inspired by the late Ol' Dirty Bastard. That seems to be the least confusing thing about The Man with the Iron Fists . RZA has good intentions and a great cast, but it just doesn't come together.
Conclusion: Making his big-screen debut as writer and director, RZA displays his complete love and adoration of Chinese martial-arts cinema with 'The Man with the Iron Fists.' Essentially a wet-dream of the wuxia genre, your level of enjoyment pretty much amounts to your familiarity with those classic kung fu...
Summary: The Man With The Iron Fists is, like many of the films it was inspired by, completely ridiculous and over the top. RZA has obviously got a lot of love for martial arts films, you know it from his music and you know it from this movie.
Conclusion: The Man with the Iron Fists is too slick to be a neo-grindhouse kung fu classic, too convoluted to make a whole lot of sense and too undisciplined and unwieldy to be an able-bodied genre pic.
Excerpt: The unions of hip-hop and film have often been shotgun marriages dictated more by commerce and convenience than any overarching artistic chemistry. But not in RZA ’s case. From the first track of Wu-Tang Clan ’s seminal 1993 album debut, the frontman/producer/mastermind has had his mind on the big...
Summary: As endearing as it is exhausting, "The Man With the Iron Fists" bears strong resemblance to a hyperactive puppy: sloppy, scatterbrained, manic and migraine-inducing, but possessing an earnest sense of excitement.