Vegas to Macau III (the new God of Gamblers movie) proves that old school isn’t always that great
If you used to love going to see movies at the old Garfield theater, you will be glad to know that Golden Age of Hong Kong Cinema superstars Chow Yun-Fat, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, and Carina Lau have reunited for a Chinese New Year farce even after going on to appear in international art films. Also, Wong Jing still knows how to make a shitty movie!
There are many things wrong with Vegas to Macau III: the choice of slapstick and songs over story, total lack of script, more Transformer-style robots than godlike gambling or mental trickery. It’s sad that such a stellar crew (plus current acting great Nick Cheung, way more old-school stars, and co-director Andrew Lau, of the Infernal Affairs trilogy) added up to this throwaway comedy.
That being said, there was some entertainment. How cool was it to see Chow Yun-Fat shamelessly going for laughs, Andy Lau doing the robot, or Jacky Cheung hamming it up as the bad guy? The few minutes of gambling were awesome and the Prison on Fire, Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, and Legend of the Mahjong Heroes gags were fun, too.
But it should have been so much better.
If you are a hardcore fan who needs to see this, I strongly suggest the $6.29 matinee at Atlantic Times Square.
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