Here is a guest post from Cameron Mooney, who I’m hoping will become a regular reviewer for the website.
I have become ambivalent about international blockbusters in recent years. Much like any seventeen year old, a common feature of these films is high ambition and poor self control. Like the strange child produced in a marriage between the production design of Lawrence of Arabia and the campiness of Starship Troopers, The Great Wall is a film birthed into this blockbuster trend.
Matt Damon plays the European mercenary, William, (I should tell you that I had to look that name up because I don’t even think I ever heard it out loud) who travels to the Far East in search of the legendary black powder weapons. William and his trusty Spaniard sidekick, played by Pedro Pascal, end up getting captured by the grotesquely large garrison at the Great Wall of China. The heroes become embattled in the struggle between the valiant forces at the Great Wall and the monsters which threaten the destruction of China and the rest of the world.