“Kung Fu Hustle” is a refreshing take on martial arts cinema and slapstick comedy that steps away from the conventional and ventures into a new type of movie. It does not do as much with the material as it could, however. This is my short review.
I give “Kung Fu Hustle” a 7 out of 10.
It’s hard not to laugh at “Kung Fu Hustle”. It takes the basic ideas of humor and weaves it around the plot of a district of sorts, where the landlady smokes a lot and the villagers are all unique in their own way. The Axe Gang is introduced early on, and it sets the mood for the movie; that being of a group of bad guys up to no good. It’s a pretty basic plot with some interesting characters and style. It gets a lot of flair from the martial arts. While the moves are supposed to be wild-crazy stunts, it’s obvious that the filmmakers have taken these moves to use as humor.
What’s interesting is that there are usually bigger reasons for me to give “Kung Fu Hustle” a 7 out of 10. The score of 7 is not so good with me. Yet, there is something to be said about this movie, which script is sharp at times, and while the acting is never Oscar-worthy, certainly brings out the characters more. “Kung Fu Hustle” isn’t interested in giving us an epic “Hero”-like ending, though I would say I actually thought the ending was good, if a bit cliche. There are also some loose ends that bother me a little bit. I’d say if you’re looking for a decent 90 minutes of fun, you’ll probably like Kung Fu Hustle. Just expect to leave your brain out of this one.