#1 Posted on 21.2.03 0227.29 Reposted on: 21.2.10 0229.01
I caught this film the other day and it was very entertaining. Jackie Chan has been performing unbelievable physical feats since the seventies, and he continues to amaze in this film. Sure, the plot is fairly thin, but no more so than your typical action film. But, Jackie's fights and the accompanying choreography is stunning. He continues to pay homage to his silent film heroes Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplain with his flawless physical comedy and slapstick, including a doff of the cap to the Keystone Kops. Owen Wilson is pretty funny, using current slang and references in the 19th century setting. The martial artist who plays Jackie's sister is also tremendous. The production values are top notch and this might be his finest US effort to date and puts his career back on the right track (just try to forget the Tuxedo ever happened--brutal). Highly recommended!
#3 Posted on 24.2.03 0956.30 Reposted on: 24.2.10 0959.01
The weather has kept me from getting to the local theater and checking this one out ... Unfortunately, it seems that the disappointment of "The Tuxedo" is rubbing off on Jackie's other projects, as the movie's profits are slipping rapidly at the box office.
Such a shame ... Maybe "Rush Hour 3" will help put Mister Chan bac k on top here in the States.
#6 Posted on 27.2.03 0903.24 Reposted on: 27.2.10 0905.14
I only had one problem with the movie as a whole. the kid. The reveal on who Charlie was, was a bit too much of a "Wink Wink" to me, especially on the heels of the reveal on Artie (which most of the audience still didn't get. Feh.)
The Jack the Ripper bit was a surprise, since I had expected he and Rathbone would be one and the same.
Within a 2 year period, Jackie's done movies with John Lone and Donnie Yen. This makes me verrry happy. Now he just needs to do a film with Bolo Yeung to make up my holy triumvirate of evil. =)
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