Metal Arcade: Zack Kircher writes:
Biopics have not done so well this year – although Lee Daniels’ The Butler has made a significant amount of money at the box office, it had only a modest critical reception, while Jobs has been an utter failure on all accounts. This is why I turn to The Grandmaster in high hopes, first and foremost because of the prestigious talent involved – Wong Kar-Wai, the esteemed Chinese filmmaker behind Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love, is the writer and director here. Not only that, this film chronicles the life story of Ip Man – the kung fu grandmaster who trained Bruce Lee – so this film represents a wedding of the biopic and martial arts genres. In that sense, can The Grandmaster excel where other biopics have fallen short this year?