Looking Great While Telling A Lackluster Tale
Also, the film's score by Shigeru Umebayashi is awesome and easily the best element of the film - stirring melodies that grabbed me immediately.
Basically everything else that makes up House Of Flying Daggers is not particularly worthwhile however. The performances are all fine; although, apart from star Ziyi Zhang, no one in the cast stands out or rises above mediocrity.
While most of the acting is not especially impressive, it is the story that lets the film down the most. Not only is the story generally uninteresting, it is never surprising, though it is obviously trying to be on numerous occasions. Most of the supposed twists throughout the film are about as predictable as the outcome of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and some little league team from a third world nation. To make matters worse, the storyline gets more and more ridiculous as the film progresses until, towards the end, I am thinking to myself, "yeah, yeah, yeah - let's just get to the finale credits so I can at least listen to a good tune."
If you miss House Of Flying Daggers, you are not missing too much. However, with its nice visuals, terrific score and a good performance from Ziyi Zhang, I would not say that House Of Flying Daggers is a complete waste of one's time.
CBC Rating: 6/10