|PHOTO: Touchstone Films
My first Jackie Chan film was "Rumble In The Bronx".
That was a couple years ago, and every film since then has
been... OK, but not great. Don't get me wrong -- any chance to
see Jackie in action is one I'm taking. You could make a fine
shot film made up of nothing but Jackie climbing walls in
seemingly effortless and imaginative ways. But I'm glad to see a
film with more balance.
It's easy to imagine how "Shanghai Noon" could have
been pitched: Think "Blazing Saddles" meets "Butch
Cassidy and The Sundance Kid", and you'd be at least close.
Jackie gets to do the magnificent thing he does on screen, and
you get a story thrown in too. How can you go wrong?
Best bit of business: Jackie on some loose planks in a bell
tower. It's all over in a couple of seconds, but it's just
Kudos also to Owen Wilson who plays a sensitive new-age outlaw
with just the right touch. Easily could have been dreadful, but
Wilson keeps it light and earnest throughout. Nice work.
Noon (Official Site)
Shanghai Noon (IMDB)