Enter the Dragon is a historical and landmark film for many reasons.
Yes it was Bruce Lee’s final film but, this was also the movie that truly established the perfect Martial Arts Movie setting and background, a formula which has been reapplied countless times, but this is the original perhaps of all originals. Bruce Lee’s character has been imitated relentlessly based on his image in this, yet none manage to deliver the impact.
Bruce Lee, shines as the sole star of this film and his presence is enough to hold your attention, except that he almost comes off as more of a costar, sharing somewhat equal screen time as ” the funky black man” and the playboy billionaire that loves to bet big. Lee does what he does best, Flying roundhouse kicks, Chest Stomps of death, and nunchaku hypnotism, all in excellent form and fashion. His energy is electric and it fuels this otherwise lackluster film.
Just about everything in this movie is forgettable except for the characters, and a few and brief fatalities.
A lot of effort was put forth to make sure that American audiences would have something to relate to, regardless of this movie being filmed in Hong Kong and taking place in Asia.
Looking back on it, the film has really aged, and shows its low quality style and simplistic story all too apparently. A lot of the scenes have characters that aren’t even framed, and silly exaggerated sound FX and Background music that sounds like it belongs in a Scooby Doo cartoon, fail to fill in the gaps between insane ass kicking and speech. Still as a 70s film it has a unique James Bond look and feel, which to some I’m sure is quite nostalgic. Poor voice dubbing and minimalistic dialogue cement this as a definite Kung Fu flick, only for fans of the genre.
The ending is somewhat abrupt and untimely just like Bruce’s unfortunate and mysterious death. RIP Mr. Lee you will be forever missed, but never forgotten. This movie is only a mere fraction of your talent, yet it shines so brightly.