I had great expectations for The Forbidden Kingdom because it stars Jet Li, Jackie Chan and Collin Chou (Seraph from The Matrix II & III), but I was a little disappointed. I’m not saying it was a bad film. Far from it. I enjoyed it and I would recommend it to any martial arts fan, but I wanted something extra. I thought the wire work was a little sloppy at times and some of the fight scenes lacked a little clarity. On the positive side, the visuals were stunning!
When judging martial arts films, one of my main criteria is whether it makes me want to train. The fact I came out of the cinema thinking I need to get to more Karate sessions means it probably did its job.