After reading Chen Kaige's "Volunteer Army", I wrote this article with mixed feelings
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The film market for the National Day file is highly competitive.
The positive PK between Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige has only been carried out on the fourth day, and the victory and defeat seem to have been known.
Whether it is box office or word of mouth, Zhang Yimou's "Rock Solid" has won numbness.
Look again, Chen Kaige's "Volunteers: Heroic Attack", huh~, miserable, if the box office is not as expected, it is understandable, maybe the audience has not had time to go to the theater to watch a movie.
However, if the word of mouth rolls over, you are not allowed to complain about the audience.
Chen Kaige, who once filmed "Changjin Lake", once again challenged the theme of war, and with the longest filming period in the forty years of filming, the film he made was evaluated as-
"Don't waste cinema resources", "What garbage stuff", "Don't shoot next time", "It's really ugly", "Pity such a good theme"
However, I believe that the audience who watched the whole film will look at the evaluation again, and just want to say that these evaluations hit the nail on the head.
Let's talk about how Chen Kaige made a good theme into a bad film.
I have to say that Chen Kaige understands anti-war thunder films, otherwise he would not be able to add so many thunder elements.
Obviously, he just killed the enemy regardless of his injuries, but under Chen Kaige's arrangement, these people had to kill the enemy after being mortally injured.
For example, Yang Shaocheng, played by Yin Fang, passed the bayonet through the heart, just sat by the tree and rested for a while, and the next second he pulled out the bayonet and shot the Yankee with a gun like a nobody.
It seems that the eldest brother next to him died speechlessly, he was shot like a fountain, he was pierced through the chest and could still stand up and shoot, it was really a cow.
Yang Shaocheng's good brother, Sun Xing, played by Chen Feiyu, is also not ordinary.
I saw that in the rain of bullets, Sun Xing picked up the gun and ran back and forth, "suddenly" poured a bunch of US troops, and the bullets were like eyes, so they didn't go to him.
Finally, a blind bullet hit Sun Xing's shoulder, and Sun Xing fell straight back. When his soldiers saw this scene, they picked up Sun Xing and ran, and we don't know where he wanted to hide Sun Xing on this battlefield.
But I knew that the snipers who were secretly in ambush found them, aimed at Sun Xing from behind and pulled the trigger, but the bullet hit the little soldier's body.
The US military still comes out to fight on this strength? Oh no, it was Arthur's protagonist aura that blinded his eyes.
What's even more ridiculous is that in order to sensationalize and foreshadow the film, a lot of brainless plots have been added.
For example, the war ahead is hot, it can be regarded as the cessation of the attack of the US army, and the three small leaders of the 3rd Company do not talk about preserving physical strength and arranging tactics, but instead speak of frustration.
"Here, smoke the last cigarette!"
Yang Shaocheng's frustrating words have not yet finished, Sun Xing's cigarette was handed over first, no wonder you can play together, I don't know what to say.
There is more than one such forced sensational fragment.
At the United Nations General Assembly, Li Xiao, played by Zhang Zifeng, and Tang Sheng, played by Zhang Ziyi, were preparing for translation.
I saw Li Xiao hanging the key in his hand aside, Tang Sheng just glanced at it, she talked about her father to herself, and Tang Sheng picked up the conversation, and the two chatted.
Two big sisters! This is the UN! You two nag if you can pay attention to the occasion.
In addition to the plot bugs, the editing of the whole film is also sparse.
For example, the interspersed narrative between the battlefield and the diplomatic field, I understand that this paragraph is to set the atmosphere of tension between the two sides, so that the audience is heartily excited about the final victory.
This clip simply can't let the audience into the play, one side is a gray-faced warrior, the other side is a glamorous diplomat, reasonable but not matched, separate editing can also let the audience experience the layering of it, cut together messy.
When it comes to the key moment, the camera closes to close-up, music preparation, slow motion starts, clouds and flowing water, vividly interpreting the harder you work, the more funny it is.
What's even more ridiculous is that the description of the war scenes in the entire movie, in addition to the bomb of the plane, is the bomb of the tank, and then it is not the bomb of the bazooka, except for such a blasting scene, the director does not seem to shoot other shots.
Stop it! Chen Kaige, stop making this kind of thunderous and brainless "anti-war film".
However, the most disappointing point of this film turned out to be the acting skills.
No wonder Zhang Songwen has been used as a selling point during publicity, although the highlight in the director's mouth is only a few minutes, but Zhang Songwen supports the acting skills of the entire film.
Wu Xiuquan, played by him, spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of New China, and from his eyes, actions to demeanor, all exuded majesty. Later, when he said, "Chinese people have stood up," emotions burst with waving arms, and the audience in front of the screen was impassioned.
Zhang Songwen acted really well, while other actors acted poorly.
Even the powerful ones who have always been recognized by everyone have overturned.
Xin Baiqing's superb acting skills in "The World" have been recognized by the audience, but in "Volunteers", there is no soldier at all with a hunchback, let alone the old Red Army.
Especially holding a towel to cover his face and crying there, deliberately shaking his body, showing me a smile, at first glance I thought that the leader was scolded for stealing fun.
The military industry expert played by Zhu Yawen is more like an unreliable "expert" who can only advise, and he always speaks with an exaggerated tone of a musical. However, his physical performance is even more exaggerated, and his body swaying from side to side seems to be on tiptoe dancing in the next second.
After watching it, I wondered if it would be better if Zhu Yawen played the role of a soldier in the film.
Not to mention the young actors, one more embarrassed than the other.
This has to say that Chen Feiyu, who has been acting and trying to create a sense of relaxation, but with too much force, the audience only sees embarrassment.
Even when shouting, don't forget to look at the glasses.
There is also Wei Daxun, who does not act, simply does not act, and stands by the side dumbly, like a wooden man.
The glance at his father before leaving for the battlefield was originally a highlight clip, but Wei Daxun's eyes could not convey any emotion, which was in vain.
It may be that Chen Kaige intends to use three works to present the entire process of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea from beginning to end, but perhaps he forgot to consider the feelings of the audience.
Some of the great people in the literary drama appeared one after another, but the state of empty slogans was too embarrassing. The fight part is full of sensational meaning, through close-ups, slow motion to render the tragic atmosphere, too many times, the audience is tired of watching.
I wanted to shoot everything, but nothing came out, the first part of the volunteer trilogy received so many complaints, there is no expectation for the next two, the audience also watches the movie with brains, stop insulting the intelligence of the audience.
The main theme is not a fig leaf for poor quality literary and artistic works, let alone a weapon for moral kidnapping the box office.