Big Trouble in Little China Reviews
The film opens with Jack accompanying his friend Wang to the airport to pick up Wang's love of his life. In the hectic arrival of a loaded airplane, she is kidnapped and after running into Gracie (Kim Catrall), who has some kind of involvement in the situation, Jack and Wang travel to Chinatown in an attempt to save his love, but stumble onto an otherworldly fight by Lao Pan (James Hong) to use the green eyed girl to restore his flesh. A mishmash of kung fu and fantasy follows as they attempt to stop Lao Pan's misuse of Wang's lady.
Big Trouble is a fun movie to watch. The film has a great flow to it, even though when examining just the plot itself leaves a kind of clunky feel as you run it through your head. John Carpenter smooths over the rough edges by giving us great visuals (even by today's standards) and very nice acting work, particularly from Russell. As I said before, Jack Burton is not the hero of this film. He's more of a loud mouth that is lost in this underworld of Chinatown and it's a wonderful look at how the presumed hero may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer. It really is a great performance from Russell, cementing his trilogy of John Carpenter films.
After revisiting this film a thought occurred to me. With all of the movies that are making a return after being defunct for 30+ years Big Trouble in Little China is a film that I see that could succeed by doing something like this. After 30 years I was still left wanting more from this story and these characters. This is one of these films that makes its own kind of definition and really makes a good impression on a viewer. A fine '80's ditty.
The characters are as flat as a table, the dialogue is laughable (almost every line of dialogue seems like a cheesy one-liner from a Schwarzenegger film), the effects are pretty bad for todays' standards, and the story goes nowhere after an hour. It seems like such a great idea too! A big-budget, high-tech Hollywood action movie that takes all the clichès of kung fu, and Jackie Chan, and does them right. But ''Big Trouble in Little China'' doesnt do them right unfortunately. "Big Trouble in Little China" takes Jack Burton (portrayed by Kurt Russel) and his friends on a journey through one death-defying challenge after another, and throws in magicians, sorcerers, karate masters and a 2,000-year-old man. The first 30 minutes of the movie gave room for hope. It was fast-moving, it was visually spectacular (not by today's standards, but back then, certainly), it was exotic and lighthearted and filled with a spirit of adventure. But then, gradually, the movie began to recycle itself. It began to feel as if I was seeing the same thing more than once. After one amazing subterranean chamber had been survived and conquered, everybody fell down a chute into another one. By the end of the movie, I was just uninterested and weary. ''Big Trouble in Little China'' benefits from a rollicking wise-ass performance from Kurt Russell, which does result in having a smile on your face whenever he's talking, despite it being a flat character, and a mediocre performance. (Still entertaining to watch tho)
I gave it 2.5/5 simply because it probably is entertaining to watch on a lazy friday night when you're drunk. When i watched it, it was simply entertaining here and there, but as a movie, it's pretty bad.
A very fun movie with tons of cheesy 80's acting and action.
A bizarre action/adventure film with an inventive spin on Chinese mythology and hilarious quotes, Big Trouble in Little China holds a special place among John Carpenter's classic filmography.