To the GFT last night, for Zhang Yimou‘s latest epic. Everything you’ve heard about it being fabulously beautiful is true; unfortunately, so is everything you’ve heard about the story being utter pish. But I can happily spend two hours admiring cinematography, so it worked for me. The much-vaunted Echo Dance scene wasn’t quite the landmark I’d been led to expect, but the fight in the bamboo forest really does go down in cinema history alongside the gutter dance in Singing in the Rain. Amazing. Implausible, but amazing. But then, the bamboo forest is such a beautiful, lush, verdant location, just standing in it looks gorgeous. As for the story – well, it’s a decent entry in the ‘longest death in cinema history’ competition, but who cares?