Even the supporting role are more vividly rendered here than in the prequel.
Comedian Xiao hogs all the funniest lines but also puts an adult spin on Bajie’s image, accentuating his sleazebag side and blithely chatting up the femme demons who want to turn him into schnitzel.
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He and Feng share a frenemy rapport that’s par for the course with road movies, even if it often devolves into risibly teary melodrama.
Feng is all sly playfulness when playing the long-winded, gullible nerd, but he also has sufficient acting chops to show his character’s compassionate side.
As a commentary on how humans can be more wicked than demons, it’s pretty cliche, but as an excuse for a banquet scene with a Persian theme, it’s magnificent, harking back to the novel’s exotic Silk Road background.
Even though the ending wades into airy-fairy yet didactic territory, the climactic battle with a skeleton army on the snowy cliffs of White Tiger Ridge offers a zany CGI riff on the Ray Harryhausen-style stop-motion animation in “Jason and the Argonauts,” capped by White Bone’s spectacularly rickety reversion to real form.With screen goddess Gong Li vamping it up as the villainous enchantress Lady White Bone and a tearful bromance between Cantopop king Aaron Kwok and mainland heartthrob William Feng Shaofeng, what’s not to like about Soi Cheang’s 3D vfx orgy “The Monkey King 2”?Certainly less of a dud than the director’s inane original, this follow-up is even more tyke-oriented, but at least it’s a livelier yarn and boasts a slick upgrade in visual effects.Although it’s still a little glaring when figures are chroma-keyed into vast outdoor backgrounds, the overall visual effects, 3D quality and creature design are all impressive, considering the massive scale on which they’re deployed.The dexterity of Yang Tao and Cheung Man-po’s lensing is apparent in sweeping shots of intricate motion and flight, as when White Bone bursts out of a giant mural of herself, or swoops over her prey like a raven. (Original title: "San da bai gu jing") Production: (Hong Kong-China) A Filmko Film Co.Naturally, Wukong wants nothing to do with this nagging nincompoop, who cherishes all creatures great and small — even the dragon that leaps out of nowhere and gulps down his trusty steed.