There is a moment about halfway through ‘Shanghai Knights’ that never fails to bring a smile to my face. Our two main protagonists are walking through a field together after an obligatory Stonehenge joke (“Who would leave a pile of stones in the middle of a field?” “I don’t know, Chon. These people are nuts”). The sun is shining in a bright blue sky, and an acoustic guitar, a piano and a flute begin playing a blissfully happy and peaceful…
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*This will be less a review and more a character analysis that will also serve to explore the themes, motifs and symbolism conveyed in the film through dialogue, imagery and other techniques
American literary scholar and writer Joseph Campbell once said, “When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness”. We see this transformation of consciousness come to life in Craig Gillespie’s 2007 film Lars and the Real Girl through…