When you first hear the positively absurd premise for The Great Wall, your mind will naturally jump to one-of-two disparate conclusions. Either it will be so-bad-that-it’s good, or it will be a great, albeit batshit crazy, popcorn flick. There’s seemingly little room for anything outside of that binary. After all, this is a film about Matt Damon as an Irish (I think) mercenary teaming up with an army of colourfully attired, bungee jumping power-ranger lookalikes, in order to battle mythical lizard creatures that are trying to scale the Great Wall of China. I’ll give you a second to re-read that crack-pot rambling. Go on. Take your time.
One can only assume that this is loosely adapted from a collection of incoherent delusions, found scrawled upon an asylum wall in the author’s own shit. Which sounds promising as hell to me! Oh and it also has Willem Dafoe in it! So how can this be anything but majestically entertaining?
The rebooted Star Trek universe has not always gone down well with die-hard Trekkies
(or Trekers, whatever you want to be called. In fact, let’s just put an end to the animosity right here and create a new term, like ‘Trekites’ or something). Anyway, Trekites have had more than a few bones to pick with this new, supposedly more mainstream, franchise. From the perceived Star Wars- ification of the lore, to the mishandling of certain key characters, not to mention the over-reliance on repeating old material, there’s been no shortage of controversy. Continue reading