The Sorcerer and the White Snake (2011)
Reviewed by: evirei on 2012-02-04
Summary: Pretty but awful at the same time
It really is a big move and risk for director, Tung to remake such a famous chinese folklore which probably have been done to death for the past three to four decade. This is probably one of the movies that Jet Li will regret showing up in (then again, doubt he have a choice since he's returning a huge favour), but yes... definately not a good image he's creating for his comeback since he bid farewell to wuxia movies a few years ago.

As much as I forbid myself from comparing this version with the other versions, I somehow felt Tung's version focus too much on the cosmetic of the movie to the extend of harming the story and action sequence of the show. The story lacked of storyline and seems to cramp in too many different small stories which could actually do without. Not to mentioned characters in the small stories are not fully developed and makes people wonder why were they auditioned for in the first place. Of course, the only possible reason that comes to mind was for advertising and promotions purposes, whereby they could shout out all the big names in their premier but some of them probably did 5 minutes of actual acting.

I guess what disappoints even more was the love story between White Snake and Xu Xian which was under developed and yet they market the movie to be named as "It's Love". Eva Huang and Charlene's comical act really doesn't help in potraying any of it and the chemistry between Eva and Raymond seems awfully akward.

Then again, nothing could do more damage than the overly usage of CGs. It was too much that it actually makes the actors lazy and cost the movie to fall in the same faith with many movies that have bad action sequence, poor performance and it's obvious that they all seems to have lack of passion in what they do.
Reviewer Score: 3