Thin plot takes away shine from China movie
LEAGUE OF GODS (PG)
Action-fantasy / 110 minutes Now showing
THIS fantasy epic could be China's most ambitious
Based on the 16th-century novel Investiture Of The Gods, the film boasts tremendous star power with a supporting cast that includes Jet Li, Fan Bingbing
They are the scene-stealing companions or nemeses of Jacky Heung's protagonist, who journeys to find a magical sword to defeat a tyrant king (Tony Leung Ka Fai).
The film is heavy on the special effects and elaborate sets and costumes.
But once the visual grandeur and martial arts are stripped away, we are left with a formulaic adventure story with uneven character development.
It's all a bit too much to take in for such a thin plot.
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