Thursday, June 25, 2009

Budget Movie Review: Little Mad Guy

Hey everybody, this is a first of many reviews that I'll be doing. The purpose of these reviews is to take a look at a budget movie, something that you might find on one of those $1 dvds, and let you guys know if it's any good or not. Most of these will probobly be old martial arts movies, or crappy old slasher flicks, and most will probobly fall under the one or two star range, but I might be surprised by one of them someday. Without any further adieu, let's get into our first review:

Little Mad Guy is a martial arts movie about a young man who's pretty immature, and he practices frog style kung fu, he meets up with his uncle, master Ma, who practices snake style kung fu, and he tries to steal his horse. Later on, another snake style user disguises himself as master Ma, and at this point, we find out Ma is a lawman. The person disguised as Ma has an innocent man get arrested, and it's up to little mad guy to save the day with his frog style kung fu.

Honestly, the story is just so bad, and it's just thrown on top of all of the martial arts, so you'd think that the martial arts in it would have to be good, right? Well, most of the scenes don't... In fact, some scenes used sped-up footage in order to make it look like the fighters are moving faster. This isn't done well, and it comes off looking really cheesy.

The movie also tries to be more than just your average martial arts movie too, by incorporating some comedy elements into it. However, the movie is only funny for about the first 10 or 15 minutes, and then it just gets way too serious. Seriousness would be fine for most martial arts movies, but as I said before, the martial arts in most scenes are just so horrible, that it's hard to take anything seriously, so the movie ends up becoming boring and hard to watch. I will say, however, that the final scene does kick it up a notch, and has a nicely choreographed fight scene. I just wish they put more time and effort into the rest of the fight scenes, instead of trying to be funny.

I watched the English Dub, and I must say, all of the voices are really badly done... this is typical of most martial arts movies, and it comes as no surprise, but it doesn't make the movie any better, either. The best voice actor would probobly be the guy who plays master Ma, and that's not saying much.

Overall, Little Mad Guy has a good ending scene, and a few parts in the beginning that are actually funny. The entire middle section of the movie just drags on and on, and is really hard to watch! I can't recommend this movie to watch in whole to anybody, but if you want to turn on the final scene, or watch the beginning, go right ahead. just don't pay more than $1 buck for it.

I give Little Mad Guy 2 out of 5 stars.

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