ENTER THE DRAGON
a film by Robert Clouse released through Warner Brothers Pictures in 1973
In the water, Esther
Williams was magical. Like Miss Williams, Bruce Lee is a force of nature
when he is fighting. Otherwise, he is a fish-out-of-water. In
Enter the Dragon he showed promise, with his non-plussed reactions when
chaos is befalling everyone around him (like the cobra-in-the-control-room
scene). But he is terrible with dialogue. Maybe he would have
improved. But we never got a chance to find out. His last completed
film, Enter the Dragon plays to his strengths. It boasts some of
the greatest cinematic fights (up to that point) in history.
This is a ground-breaking
historic work, but its obvious borrowings, fortune-cookie philosophy, and
pointless nudity drag it down. Enter the Dragon is both venerable
artifact and vapid entertainment.
Best for ages 16+