Thanks to Madman, we watched The Monkey King 2 on Blu-ray.
Based on famous tales from Chinese folklore, The Monkey King 2 sees the return of the legendary monkey warrior, Wukong, who has been given a chance at redemption by the gods. Wukong must escort a monk who is on a quest to find Buddha’s sacred scripts and protect him from the evil white-boned demon who needs the monk’s soul in order to become unstoppable.
The Monkey King 2 and its predecessor of 2014 are the closest films to unintentionally deliver what could be the best Dragon Ball live-action film adaptation ever made, especially after the Hollywood fiasco Dragon Ball Evolution (2009). The characters are presented in a cartoony way, with beasts and comedic elements, as well as some epic action sequences. Moreover, dragons and a pretentious evil spirit pig feel like they were lifted from the pages of Akira Toriyama’s popular manga.
The special effects are great, but are far from realistic. Some of the CGI the filmmakers have used looks a bit fake.
Overall, this is a good couple of hours of fun. The cast mightn’t win any awards for best performance, as they are a bit over the top, but they still manage to charm and engage viewers.
If you love Dragon Ball, this is definitely a must-see!