I reviewed the Weinsteined cut of the Grandmaster for streaming reviews website VODzilla.
It’s difficult when writing about The Grandmaster not to review the film that you haven’t watched. Three different versions of Wong Kar Wai’s martial arthouse film exist, including the 130 minute version released in China, and this, the Weinstein-d cut that’s 108 minutes long and re-arranged to be more chronological, with intertitles to explain things to apparently stupider audiences. Given the sluggishness of this edit, it’s difficult not to think wistfully of something closer to Wong’s vision and wish you were watching that, instead. Sometimes, though, you have to review the film put in front of you.