Kung Fu Yoga Movie Review

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Reviewer: Rajeev Masand (News18)

Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

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There’s no word better than lazy to accurately describe Jackie Chan’s new film Kung Fu Yoga, in which the Hong Kong action star plays an Indiana Jones-like figure on a quest to unearth long-buried treasure of an ancient Indian kingdom.Sadly for us Jackie Chan himself, whose winning cocktail of go-for-broke physical comedy and life-risking stunt work turned him from a local Chinese star into a beloved Hollywood action hero, appears to be in autopilot mode here. His once impeccable timing is no longer split-second, and gone is that scrappy underdog charm that endeared him to the fans.

The only time I had a good laugh was watching his expressions fly as he sportingly shook a leg in the film’s big Bollywood-style dance number. Kung Fu Yoga is a disappointment for Jackie Chan fans. The actor deserves better, and so do we. I’m going with one-and-a-half out of five.

Reviewer: Anupama Chopra(Hindustan Times)

Rating: 1/5 Stars

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As a film critic, I get to see plenty of bad films, but every once in a while I see a film that is hypnotic in its awfulness; which means it’s so bad that you can’t look away. Kung Fu Yoga is one such film.Director Stanley Tong, who has also written the story, is big on simplicity and stereotypes. This isn’t a nuanced take on either culture. It’s designed as a rollercoaster ride.

But even cartoons need coherence. There were moments in the film when I had absolutely no idea what was going on.

Reviewer: The Times Of India

Rating: 2/5 Stars

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At one point, Sonu Sood’s Randall is frustrated and says through his gritted teeth, “Don’t bore me…” as Chan’s character blabbers about morality. The line in itself is a short, crisp review of the movie.The movie begins so abruptly that you feel like you’ve started watching episode no. three of a show by mistake. Director Stanley Tong unloads a ton of information on you in the first ten minutes, leaving you half-confused and already half-disinterested.Chan seems to be restricted in his moves but still has his charm. Sonu Sood could have made for a better antagonist had he been badder. The nearest thing that the movie has to a quick repartee is not between any two characters but an interaction between Chan and a lion, which forces some giggles out of you.

If you’re going for the Kung Fu, chances are you’ll end up in a meditative state instead.

Reviewer: Indian Express

Rating: 1.5/5 Stars

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Kung Fu Yoga, which is a cheat title, because it has barely any yoga and a lot of jaded Kung Fu moves, does nothing but put you to sleep. Chan plays a great Chinese archaeologist in search of lost treasure. A mo cap (motion capture) flashback tells a convoluted tale of Indian royals wandering about icy mountain caves in Tibet, with Chan showing the way.At one point in the film, Sonu Sood’s character asks: are you guys having fun? At which you shake yourself awake to respond with a resounding ‘no’.

Reviewer: Koimoi

Rating: 2/5 Stars

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Kung Fu Yoga has a plot that is completely yawn worthy. It’s like watching a spoof of Nicholas Cage’s National Treasure. The film’s story lacks intelligence and the dialogue is so forced that it seems like a history reading class.

The makers take no efforts in establishing a plot that is fluid. There’s action-dialogue-action and mostly this pattern follows.

It’s high time we stop portraying India as the land of snake charmers. I probably think the only reason they wanted to shoot a portion of story in India, was to add all the color and rope tricks of Rajasthan.If the makers were trying to justify the title ‘Kung Fu Yoga’ with one dialogue and a stretching trick, it’s just sad. Another lost opportunity on truly respecting India’s Yoga connection.

Kung Fu Yoga is remotely entertaining for a theater watch. A 2/5 for this!

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