Matt Damon’s new actioner ‘The Great Wall’ has tanked at the US box office. The monster movie is also the first English language movie filmed in its entirety in China. “Zhang Yimou capably gives… ‘The Great Wall’ the look and feel of a Hollywood blockbuster, but his signature visual dazzle, his gift for depicting delicate relationships and throbbing passions are trampled by dead-serious epic aspirations,” writes Maggie Lee for Variety.
The reviews for the massive budgeted US-Chinese co-production ‘The Great Wall’, starring Matt Damon are in… but they’re not great. Directed by Zhang Yimou, of ‘House of Flying Daggers’ fame, the movie is set during the Song dynasty, and finds Damon’s European mercenary joining elite Chinese soldiers to fight monsters attacking the Great Wall of China. But despite a production cost of $150 million – the most expensive US-Chinese co-production to date – the results aren’t getting much love from the critics. ...
The cast and crew of new China-shot monster movie ‘The Great Wall’, including stars like Matt Damon, were exposed to dangerous chemicals and poor on-set safety, a report claims. The movie’s key grip, Guy Michelett, claims that there were also issues with safety on the set’s construction, with crew ignoring the necessity for harnesses when using scaffolding to rig lights. The film, which is due out in February, 2017, has been made by director Zhang Yimou, helmsman of epic movies like ‘House of Flying Daggers’ and ‘Hero’, and is produced by the massive Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda, which bought Legendary Entertainment earlier this year, the studio behind Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, ‘Godzilla’, ‘Interstellar’ and ‘Man of Steel’.
Matt Damon has said that accusations of ‘whitewashing’ in his new movie ‘The Great Wall’ is entirely down to clickbait. It also stars Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau, but it’s been accused of exploiting the ‘white saviour narrative’, in which a white hero rescues people of colour from peril. “It suddenly becomes a story because people click on it, versus the traditional ways that a story would get vetted before it would get to that point,” Damon told the Associated Press.
“The Great Wall” presents a whole series of firsts. It is the first movie made in English by ZhangYimou, China’s master of the big spectacle. Costing some $150 million it is possibly the biggest-budget Chinese film of all time. It is certainly the biggest Hollywood-Chinese co-production to data and is Matt Damon’s first Asian movie.... Read more »
Controversy erupted last week over the first pictures and trailer from new Matt Damon movie ‘The Great Wall’, with the director Zhang Yimou being accused of whitewashing. Set 1000 years ago, it poses the notion that the Great Wall of China was built to keep out a monstrous creature, and features Damon heavily. ‘Fresh Off The Boat’ star Constance Wu was among the critics, accusing the film of ‘perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world’.