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Birth of the Dragon

Movie Review: I had to watch Way of the Dragon to get this film out of my head.

I am a huge martial arts fan. I love 36 Chambers, Five Deadly Venoms, Drunken Master, Way of the Dragon, Tom Yung Goong, Iron Monkey and so many others. When I saw the trailer for this movie, I got a little excited. It’s another Bruce Lee story dammit, so I figure there will be some awesome fight scenes. Plus, I figure Hollywood would have a hard time trying to virtue signal with a martial arts film.

Man…Was I disappointed, and a little pissed off. I wasted money that I could have used at the gun range. (I got popcorn, soda, and candy.) And you wonder why right wingers stopped going to the movies, with movies like this.

If you are not familiar with martial artist Bruce Lee, I recommend watching one of his documentaries on YouTube. If you don’t want to - he was a martial artist and actor that helped make Kung Fu movies more mainstream in the West. He tragically died at a young age when he accidently took the wrong medication to help relieve a headache. He made few movies but his style and charisma was very impressionable to the masses and his lore grew over the years as many that knew him expressed his greatness.

The film centers around three people, Steve (Billy Magnussen), a white student of Bruce Lee, Bruce Lee, (Phillip Ng) who is a teacher of martial arts, and a Shaolin Monk, (Yu Xia) who doesn’t approve of Lee’s style of Kung-Fu. Steve is a secondary character and is in the film for way to long. I couldn't care less about Steve and his stupid romances. Yes – they had to throw in some asian & white fever. What the hell is the point to all of this, to make me go out and buy Twinkies?

Steve’s story felt generic and it takes away from the real story – Bruce Lee, asian culture, and the shaolin arts. The screenplay should have focused more on the Chinese aspects of the film and cut out everything about Steve. I believe the general audience would have appreciated this more, the writers missed a golden opportunity. China has a unique underground culture that is rarely seen in the west.

The Monk patiently waits and wants to confront Lee about his views on Kung-Fu in San Francisco. They both accept an offer to fight each other for overall authority and that’s about it when it comes to the importance of the story. The screenplay did follow some of the actual events of Lee but obviously Hollywood had to sensationalize everything. The fight scenes were the best part of the film but that doesn’t say much. The actors did a decent job portraying the characters. Phillip Ng was physically ready and looked the part. Also, they made Lee’s character way to cocky and more of a SJW light weight. I actually enjoyed Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story more than this film.

ReeYaa Grade = D+

By: Lazy Editor Tim | August 25, 2017
Runtime: 1h 43min
Rating: PG-13
Wide Release Date: August 25, 2017

Production Information

Director: George Nolfi
Cast: Billy Magnussen, Yu Xia, Philip Ng

The director is a Hillary Supporter. He never said anything hypocritical publicly. Obviously, he is entitled to donate money to whoever he wants. Nothing wrong with that, even Trump has donated to Democrats in the past.

I like the cast and I have no problem with any of them.

ReeYaa Score = Somewhat Approve

Leftist Social Engineering (LSE)

There were some social justice warrior attempts but nothing too extreme. The Chinese not wanting to teach westerners during that time is true. You cannot fault the movie for this narrative.

ReeYaa Score = Low

Final Thoughts

Go watch Way of the Dragon with Bruce Lee. This movie is a waste of time.

Movie Review Grade = D+
Production Information = Somewhat Approve
LSE = Low

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