How entertaining? ★☆☆☆☆
Thought provoking? ★☆☆☆☆
7 January 2012
This a review of THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE.
This is my first review of a DVD where I couldn’t get to the end of it. It’s not only appalling, but also 183 minutes long. That’s right, over three hours!! I got to an hour-and-a-quarter and just couldn’t take anymore. Life is too short. In the past I’ve taken great pains to make it to the conclusion. I love action/kung fu films, but THE LEGEND OF BRUCE LEE is inept on nearly every level. Before I pressed <stop> on the remote, I watched two different trailers to attempt to make sure there wasn’t a sudden upswing in quality. It doesn’t look like it. I was anticipating much more. Have you seen DRAGON: THE BRUCE LEE STORY from 1993? That wasn’t amazing, though as a kid I found it very watchable. DRAGON is a masterpiece compared to this clunky mess.
It seems to be shot digitally, and has a bland, flat cinematography. It’s as if inept school kids decided to make a movie based on Bruce Lee’s life. The acting is so beyond wooden, and the dialogue is inane. There are anachronisms, e.g. a modern ambulance when the story is unfolding in the 1960s. The film is just plain lazy. Is it even a film? According to IMDB it was a TV show from 2008.
The excruciating music, and the repetition – of ideas, points, themes and fights – was viewing torture. The action editing was jarring and nonsensical. I couldn’t even bring myself to wait for one of the main reasons I was so interested in checking out this title, the involvement of three martial arts stars: Mark Dacascos (BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF), Michael Jai White (BLACK DYNAMITE) and Ray Park (Darth Maul in THE PHANTOM MENACE). That’s a sad day when that happens.