Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal Bluray Movie Review

131550_slipSnow Girl And The Dark Crystal


Release Date: August 4, 2015

Released By: WellGoUSA

Cast: Li Bingbing, Chen Kun, Winston Chao, Yang Zishan, Bao Beier, Summer Jike

Run Time: 118 Minutes


“Directed by Academy Award Winner, Peter Pau, Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal is a big budget (30M US) romantic fantasy adventure about the legendary hero Zhong Kui, a fabled warrior with mysterious powers who is forced to conquer the realms of Heaven and Hell to save his people and the woman he loves.”

My Review:

The full title for the movie is a bit long, so I’m just going to refer to it as ‘Snow Girl’. Snow Girl’s story, is based around the character ‘Zhong Kui’. Throughout the movie, Zhong Kui faces many battles, whether it be between Heaven, Hell, or within himself. He is a human on earth that has fallen in love with a demon (Snow Girl)…which is forbidden. His main goal, is to protect his people on earth from the monsters of Hell…so he thinks. The story has a few interesting twists and turns that kept me interested for the most part but I have to be honest, although I was interested and entertained by the movie, there were certain things that kept pulling my attention away. While watching the movie, occasionally the subtitles would move so fast that it was hard to keep up. On more than one occasion, I found myself having to pause and/or rewind just to catch what was being said. It’s hard enough trying to both read and watch a movie at the same time, so to have to keep stopping is very distracting. Another thing that really pulled me out of the movie was the CGI that was used for the monsters and demons. It almost looks like an HD upgrade to an old Playstation 2 video game. Their actions and movements were way too quick, and I couldn’t wait for the scene to change so that I can go back to focusing on the story. Unfortunately, it didn’t just happen one or two times, it happened quite a bit throughout the movie. Other than that, the CGI/Special Effects for other things, such as the environment, were beautifully done. It’s too bad that it all wasn’t done well because I probably would’ve enjoyed this movie much more. Aside from all of that, the acting was fine, and the story was enjoyable. The Picture Quality was beautiful, often having some amazing scenic shots. The Audio Quality was fantastic as well, adding to the experience and setting the mood for the movie. Overall, it was a decent watch but it definitely had some flaws that I wasn’t able to overlook. Unfortunately that will hurt my rating for it. Would I recommend it? I would say that if you’re into these types of movies, you should check it out but if it’s something that you’re on the fence about and are easily distracted, you’re probably not going to enjoy it.

(P.S. If you have purchased this movie, make sure that your Bluray Disc is working properly because there was a manufacturing error when it was first printed. Replacement discs were sent out before the initial release but I felt inclined to mention it anyway.)

Special Features:

Making Of: Music Journey

Making Of: Visual Effects

Overall Rating:

5.9 Out Of 10 Stars


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