Thursday, April 28, 2005

Movie Review: Kung Fu Hustle

There's definitely something to be said for a movie that just makes you happy. A movie that you walk out of the theater with an ear to ear grin that just won't go away. Kung Fu Hustle is such a movie.

In some kung fu movies, such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the fighting can be compare to a ballet. They have the same complex choreography. But in Kung Fu Hustle it's more Three Stooges than Swan Lake. The film plays out like a live action cartoon. When characters run they kick up a cloud of dust like the Road Runner. When they get punched their faces contort out of shape before snapping back into place.

I think that Roger Ebert summed it up best when he said it was "like Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton meet Quentin Tarantino and Bugs Bunny."

Go watch it. I promise you'll be smiling the rest of the day.

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