Starring: Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Jiang Wu
Genre: Adventure, Historical, Comedy, Fantasy
Release Date: July 16, 2015
I think I came across this movie when I was searching through Bai Baihe’s filmography and I saw that this was one of the highest grossing films in 2016 next to The Mermaid. I wasn’t sure what to expect given the premise but I went into it anyways with no expectations beyond probably knowing for sure I’d be saying wtf.
The movie starts off with us meeting the monsters that are actually kinda cute and could make very cuddly toys. The next scene was then of our hero who I must admit was kind of entertaining. The storyline after that point pretty much flowed exactly as you would expect it to. I found myself laughing out loud at 1am because there were some genuinely funny moments in there. The plot twist could’ve been foreseen, as I had long assumed that was the case from earlier in the movie. The only thing that gave me pause was the fact that the humans were eating the monsters. Hypocrites much?
The acting performances between our two leads were mediocre at best but still thoroughly enjoyable. I forgot how charismatic Bai Baihe can be in comedic roles. I loved how she smiled. I also enjoyed seeing the kind of role reversals switch that they had. The man was pregnant and gave birth. LOL. The chemistry was more friendly than romantic though. The only kiss that happened was an accidental one and then they were in love and getting married. LMFAO. I’ve yet to see Jing Boran convince me that he’s attracted to his leads.
Overall, I enjoyed this movie way more than I thought I would and there’s also a part two so duh I’m gonna watch that too. Wuba is so freaking cute and I want one. The best way that I can describe the overall feel would be kinda like a Shrek/How To Train Your Dragon situation. Anyways I’d likely watch this again. It was entertaining af!
Production Value: 8/10
Rewatch Value: 7.5/10