Forbidden Kingdom, The : Movie Review

All fanboys have their dream teams. Forget Obama and Clinton. How about Superman and Spider-Man? (Comic book fans salivated when DC and Marvel combined in the '70s for this super-sized team-up.) Or Schwarzenegger and Stallone? (This was an often-rumored pairing in the late '80s and early '90s than never came to fruition.) Or Dumbledore and Gandalf? (It's advised to never say never, but in this case…) For kung fu fans, the coupling most yearned for (at least recently) has been Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The Forbidden Kingdom brings them together for the first time and, while both are a little past their respective "sell by" dates, there's enough physicality left to provide an approximation of what might have been ten or fifteen years ago. For martial arts action fans, The Forbidden Kingdom may be the best fantasy story since the genre was opened to a wider audience by Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

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