Kung Pow: Enter The Fist
We laughed at this piece of cinematic history in the making, it was brilliant and one of the most entertaining things to be seen on the cinema screen in quite some time. The packed audience with me were also in a state of mass hysteria and they too had been surprised at the continuously funny images being played out to us. Then, much to our disgust, the trailer for Kung Pow: Enter The Fist finished after a lengthy 2 minutes and we settled down to watch the film we actually paid to see.
This is probably the best way to watch Kung Pow: Enter The Fist, as it contains every single funny moment in the entire 84 minutes of the actual film. The rest of the film is total garbage, stick to the 2.38% of the film shown in the trailer and leave it at that. DO NOT WATCH THE WHOLE FILM NO MATTER HOW ENTERTAINING THE TRAILER LOOKS!! Otherwise you will become a sad and disillusioned little monkey too.
Steve Oedekerk, obviously inspired by Woody Allen's What's Up Tiger Lily?, took it upon himself to get hold of the1977 kung fu film Tiger And Crane Fist, re-dub the voices and digitally insert himself into the film. The premise is excellent but fails completely due to the fundamental lack of understanding of comedy by Oedekerk.
There is a plot lurking in the dark, which consists of the Chosen One (Oedekerk) trying to avenge the murder of his parents by the hand of Master Pain (or Betty as he likes to be called). That's it. No really, that's it (don't you just hate one line plot reviews?). Along the way he meets kung fu masters, a strange single-mammarried woman, fart jokes and a very weird face on a tongue. As the trailer shows there is also a kung fu cow - with yet another strained parody of the Matrix and the 'its-only-funny-once' out of lip-synch dubbing. In fact almost every joke is taken beyond the realm of humour and into the abysmal hell of being over-done. Even kung fu fans like myself will find this tripe a lazy and an extremely witless insult to the whole genre. The erratic dubbing and confusing subtitles were unintentional in the 1970's kung fu film which made it funny back then, so try to parody those films is impossible to do, as Oedekerk has illustrated.
To sum up Kung Pow: Enter The Fist has no comedy timing, wit or entertainment factors beyond the trailer. As Mister Miagi once said; wax on, wax off, wax on, wax off. In this case he'd probably join us in saying to Steve Oedekerk; Sod on, sod off.
SCORE 2/10 (just for the cow - udderly bad!! A pun, a pun, my kingdom for a pun)
BACK TO THE REVIEWS