Yes, the Monkey King is here… and could go either way. It took more than three years in the making and apparently the most ambitions cinematic rendition yet of Wu Cheng’en’s 16th Century Chinese epic ‘Journey to the West’. This first instalment in a trilogy of live action 3-D movies is actually a prequel to The Journey To The West and the much told story of the Monkey Kings adventures on the road to India.
The task of post-war reconstruction falls on the shoulders of goddess Nuwa (Zhang Zilin), who gives up her own body to fill the cracks in the firmament (don’t ask how). What’s left of her afterward is a pink, Kryptonite-ish substance that falls to Earth and enables the genesis of a primate embryo. And so Monkey is born.
After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain for 500 years, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India. Thus, according to legend, Buddhism is brought to ancient China. The Monkey King captures the drama, beauty, humour and fantastic action of the folk legend and brings it to the screen in a way never before possible.
Do we attempt to fall for the hype from the trailer and will it be a CGI masterpiece or CGI reject. Go make up your own monkey mind.