So at Nooj's prompting I finally checked out God of Cookery yesterday, and I loved it! It's hilarious and completely gonzo. Like I mentioned on Facebook, it covers Doctor Strange's hour of training in a five-minute flashback, and the camerawork is like Sam Raimi's nightmare. Everyone just laughs and laughs the whole movie with disorienting dutch angles and sweaty closeups. I especially enjoyed how even minor characters are given so much personality and a sympathetic angle in a short amount of time. Even the ridiculous lady judge at the end of the movie becomes an endearing and desperate character in her few minutes of screentime and silly voiceover.
This is after, however, I watched The Mermaid earlier in the year and did not enjoy that movie as much. Nooj says it's due to the lack of Chow as an actor, and that may be a factor. But mostly that movie was silly without a purpose. God of Cookery takes cooking and elevates it to kung fu, with the resulting cinematography reflecting that mindset. But The Mermaid has people sitting around in offices with the camera zooming around the room and atypical music choices that reek of trying too hard. I did like the movie, but it fell a little flat. Too many bad special effects that are lingered on too long, and too much goofy without a purpose.
I haven't seen Shaolin Soccer or Kung Fu Hustle!
So what do you guys think of Stephen Chow?