Maybe I'm one of the last martial artists in the country to see this movie. I never thought Jet Li lived up to his potential, and I don't really like martial arts movies that rely so heavily on special effects.
So I was surprised at how much I liked "Fearless." I especially loved the story line and the theme about self control.
The fighting sequences were fantastic, even though they sometimes broke through the bounds of reality. I really believe these movies would be even better if they presented a more realistic view of fighting.
There are only a handful of martial arts films that I would call great--at least the ones I've seen. They would include:
Enter the Dragon
The Last Samurai
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Jet Li's Fearless
This list doesn't include some of the great comedies, such as Kung Fu Hustle. I hope this isn't Jet Li's final martial arts movie. Now that he's made a movie that lives up to his potential, I'm ready for more.