I liked Hero (though it went on about 30 minutes too long). I think Zhang Ziyi is beautiful. The reviews have been favorable, so I got a group of folks together yesterday to head out to see House of the Flying Daggers.
It was terrible. It was unremittingly dull. It’s about 20 minutes worth of movie stretched out over two hours. We nearly considered leaving mid-way.
I mean, if you like extended shots of people on horses, this is the movie for you. The director makes very clear that these people are on horses, and are riding them for a very very long time.
But if you want emotion that has any feeling of truth behind it, forget it. And, no, I’m not seeking complexity in this film… But even the simplicity of the plot has no emotional logic, so you end up caught up in a love story that makes no sense.
Anyway, this is a deep deep disappointment of a film. And it’s pathetic that otherwise seasoned filmgoers (i.e., The Critics) would get snowed over by the cinematography to the point that they seem to forget they’re watching a movie, not staring at a painting. Carla Meyer is an exception, summing it up as “Beautiful but hollow.”