Dec 10, 2015

[Movies] The Weirdness of the Trailer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny

So the first trailer for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny finally hit the internet and there was a general chorus of excitement for a sequel for one of the most memorable martial arts movies of the modern cinema period. The first movie was a beautiful celebration of classic Wuxia movies in the Hong Kong tradition but delivered in a manner that made it more accessible to Western audiences.

This trailer seems to be another effort to bridge two divergent groups, but instead of East and West it feels more like an effort to join Past and Present - or something like that.

Now this trailer does show a lot of promising things and I'm fully in support of seeing Michelle Yeoh reprise her role as Yu Shu Lien, the strong protagonist we all fell in love with in the first movie.  But to have her narration married with a very unusual soundtrack. There were also unusual bits of CGI, which felt especially weird since part of the charm of the first movie was the dedication to using traditional filming techniques including extensive wire-work.

Of course this is just a trailer and it's too soon to many any final decisions about this movie or how good it's going to be. But I just want to put it on record that I'm quite disappointed with how the decided to present this sequel to the world. Let's hope future updates help shift the tone into something a bit more...elegant?

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