I guess that the Monkey King is based on Hanuman? They are both magical monkeys who can jump hundreds of miles and have monkey armies, so I’m assuming it’s not a coincidence.
and got myself all worked up about something tangential:
For a guy who claims that video games can never be “high art”, Ebert seems to have a pretty high opinion of a film that owes a lot to 2D game visual conventions. It’s a good movie, but it’s not “astonishingly original.” He’d have a better idea what he was looking at if he’d ever played a video game.
(Don’t click on that first link if you’re a gamer, it’ll just raise your blood pressure.)