FANTASTIC FRIDAY – “Chocolate”
This movie was, as you can see, was fantastic. I caught this in my recent craze of collecting Kung Fu movies on instant queue. If you read a quick description, this movie is about a girl with autism that absorbs unique powers and abilities by watching kung fu movie. I thought this was going to be one of those, “Good to be bad” kind of movies. I was pleasantly surprised.
“Chocolate” gets its title from the young girl’s obsession with chocolate and follows the story of an autistic girl and her chubby friend trying to collect money from the old gangsters that her mother was involved with hoping to pay the medical bills for her mother’s cancer treatment.
The Kung Fu in this film reminded me of a Jackie Chan in training and seemed to pull a lot of its stunts from Legend of the Drunken Master and a little bit of Kill Bill Volume 1. The fact that it’s performed by a 14 year old girl with autism makes it so much better. The story line is completely serious and so well written. There’s nothing comedic about this film but the kung fu is so fascinating that it lightens the load and makes for a high intensity action packed film.
BROAD vs. NICHE – I think this could easily be a broad audience movie, but I don’t think that everyone loves kung fu as much as I might. However, the concepts, story, and action are easy to digest and I would recommend this film to anyone above the age of 15.
WATCHABILITY – I watched this in a room full of people slowly passing out as it was past ther bedtime, but despite the tired room, everyone looked hopeful for a second wind to finish this film. Unfortunately sleep got the best of us but I could not wait to finish it the next day and I was more than satisfied.
WHEN TO WATCH – This is an awesome movie. Be ready and awake when you sit down to watch this film because it is captivating and you will have a blast with it. Feel free to grab a beer, but you won’t need one to enhance this experience. This movie should be a hit. It’s worth a place on your book shelf.