I watched it today at the grand cathay.. the overall feel is very good..
Story: i'm not that a historian, but the story to me is entertaining.. each and every one's character is portrayed.. their character and strengths u can feel deeply.. i like the part on 孙权 (played by zhang zheng)..
Effects: U can see the massive war scenes in the movie, but frankly nothing new here.. many other shows showed them before like 投名状... i'm not that impressed here.. but not that its not good..
Camera work: U can see john woo trying out many camera movements, especially with the cranes.. this is the one i have mix feelings about.. The shots are nice.. but then ar i find some of the shots very repetitive and sometimes draggy..the show the same thing but with different camera movement or angle.. which i thought was showing the DOP's weakness.. hah..
And sometimes i can see the lens not that focus on the subject.. wondering was that deliberate or just pure **** up.. hah..
Overall, it doesn't matter if u are not a fan of tony leung, takashi or any of the cast, its still worth the watch... somemore cathay cineplex i went to watch in afternoon, its only 6$ if u use Nets to pay..
oh ya.. its only part 1... the movie just hangs in the air..
so u'll be hooked on part 2.. wonder when will it be out..