Chloe’s review published on Letterboxd:
Zhang Yimou, please stop working in Hollywood.
The screenplay is abhorrent, the 'white saviour' element deeply troubling, and grand swathes of the film are really quite boring.
The only saving graces are Zhang Yimou's typical flourishes; the blue clad bungee-jumping spear women, the hot air balloon sequence and the rainbow light on that final scene.
But compared to masterpieces like Hero and House Of Flying Daggers, this is a massive jump down in quality. I just hope it proves to be a bungee jump, and we see him back on top form soon.