Story – Robert McKee's Creative Storytelling Magazine Issue 005 – Drew Carey - Page 50

FILM REVIEW stroy that kind of idealism and to discover the real causes and the real human nature underneath all of that. Kung Fu Hustle is one of my favorite films of all time. I have seen it repeatedly. I laugh every time and thoroughly enjoy it. At the end of Kung Fu Hustle, the protagonist is, in some fashion, transcendent. But, he really earns his transcendence. There is a sense of fun in the climax that he grew and changed and that the filmmaker had his tongue in his cheek and we were having fun with that whole idea. But not so in Journey to the West. Here it got really earnest and preachy. The sense of the filmmaker having a wink in his eye saying, "All of this is to be taken with a grain of salt," was absent. The best character in the film, without question, is the female protagonist, Miss Duan. She is great because she gets it. There are no transcendent values in her. She understands and wants the reality of love, so she sacrifices herself repeatedly for this. She is the only one with her feet on the ground, realistic and balanced. Comedy is an attack on that kind of empty idealism. She loved him even though he was a kind of a childish idealist. Ultimately, when she was gone out of his life and out of the story, the movie was over. Story Magazine // Issue 005