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Shanghai Knights Reviews

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July 16, 2016
I can't say it's a rehashing, but the act feels a little stale by this point.
Super Reviewer
½ June 2, 2016
I never knew that Donnie Yen and Jackie Chan had ever appeared in the same movie together. Maybe they worked in the same movie when Donnie Yen was starting out, like Jackie Chan worked on some Bruce Lee films when he was just starting out in the kung fu film business. But as far as both being high-profile martial artists, this might have been their first interaction with each other. And it's shame that their fight scene doesn't really go on that long, since it was really good for how long it did last. And another thing, Donnie Yen's english is excellent. So much better than Jackie Chan's or Jet Li's, so it's kind of surprising that, again, he never really made the successful transition to the western market that Jet Li and Jackie Chan made. I will say that while I like Donnie Yen, a lot, I don't think he was as charismatic as Jackie Chan. Or even Jet Li. So he probably would've been stuck playing secondary roles, instead of lead ones. But that's about it on that end, this movie really is more of the same as Shanghai Noon. It's the same basic concept of the odd couple doing silly things that found Jackie a lot of success on the Rush Hour franchise and, as mentioned, Shanghai Noon. I don't wanna say it's the same movie, like Ride Along 2 was, because I felt that this was still better and more inspired than Ride Along 2, but the fact of the matter is that it isn't ever as fun as the first flick ended up being, a flick that I liked far more than what Jackie is most known for, at least in the U.S, and that's Rush Hour 1, 2 and 3. Though, to be fair, I haven't seen the first two RH movies in quite a while, so I'd need to revisit those films in order to be able to compare them. I do remember Rush Hour 3 kinda sucking, so I don't think I'd ever need, or want, to watch that flick again. But, really, Shanghai Knights ends up suffering from what this type of sequel usually suffers from. It repeats the same jokes as before with not nearly the same effect as in the first one. Some of them still work and I still think Jackie's team's fight choreography remains strong. Jackie has always liked involving props or objects in his fights and this one is no different. It's not even about the fighting at points, it's just about how can Jackie tie up different people in different ways or how he can beat them up with actually using his fists or feet. Either that or paying tribute to Singin' in the Rain with a sequence where the fight looks more like a dance, easily the highlight of the film. But there's also this weirdly audience-pandering segments, where they show like Jack the Ripper being murdered by Chon's sister. Or they have Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, when he was a detective, at least how this film tells it, as a character that helps out Chon and Roy in their quest. Or how Roy allows Arthur to use the Sherlock Holmes name for his new detective novel. Or Charlie Chaplin being the little street urchin that they come across several times. It's sort of like how Assassin's Creed, in a convoluted fashion, introduces real life people into their games. It's sort of like a 'oh, look at that' type thing. It doesn't really serve any purpose other than to make you think 'that's cool' and not cause it actually makes sense within the context of the film. There's also lines about how Roy invested in the Zeppelin and how he wouldn't invest in cars, because that's never gonna catch on. Again, those are just designed to get a reaction. It's an easy way to get a reaction, so I just found these to be really lazy attempts to pander to the audience instead of writing actual jokes. That really did end up hurting the movie quite a bit, which, while average, was somewhat fun thanks to Jackie's and Owen's chemistry. But this pandering really took a lot out of the movie. And, while I found the film to be well-paced, it also feels like it shouldn't have been as long as it was. We've already established the characters, just hit the ground running and have the film be over in 90-95 minutes, tops. That's really not the biggest complaint, which I have already mentioned, but it is worth mentioning. I guess I don't really have much else to say, if you liked Shanghai Noon, but weren't in love with it, then this won't really blow your mind. If you loved the first film, and want more of the same, then this is what the doctor ordered. Jackie and Owen are still fun together, but the movie is nothing more than average.
May 2, 2016
Great chemistry can't keep the momentum going from Noon.
½ November 4, 2015
this sequel is little cartoony at times but still not bad i'm giving it 3% cause of lin and roy love scene in the middle and the kiss towards the end that was romantic
October 26, 2015
The formula of Chan/Wilson seems to work also in a movie without a plot or interesting side characters. Good? No! Entertaining? Yes!
½ August 20, 2015
Wilson and Chan's chemistry drags loose plotholes and boring scenes. But the action is still the scene stealer with precise comedy.
½ June 25, 2015
It's fun,forgettable but fun.
April 2, 2015
I liked Shanghi Noon, but this sequel was just terrible. The acting, music and action scenes were on par with a bad Disney Movie. All I could think of was The Apple Dumpling Gang meets My Fair Lady. Most of the fight scenes looked more like bad Broadway dance numbers. With Chan, Wilson and this premise they had work hard to make a total flop, but somehow they managed.
February 23, 2015
Tightly choreographed but dated, formulaic, repetitive, cheesy and faintly tedious.
February 8, 2015
A fun follow up to an obscure idea and property.
February 7, 2015
Hilarious! It's funnier, more fast-paced, and definitely more action-packed than the first movie.
½ February 6, 2015
A lot of fun, but possibly even stupider than it is fun. Wilson could be a bit much sometimes.
½ January 24, 2015
Man this movie was hilarious in some parts! This movie was better than Shanghai Noon. The action sequences seem to flow better, the jokes were actually funny, and it was a blast from start to finish. If you haven't seen this one yet, check it out!
½ January 3, 2015
A Jachie Chan Movie! isnt that enough to tell you that its piece of the art ;)
December 22, 2014
Pretty damn close to the same as the first in quality.
November 23, 2014
Pretty weak script, but Jackie and Owen are fun together so it makes for a barely passable film. For fans of the actors only!
November 16, 2014
Shanghai Knights is stupid in a nutshell, but is undeniably hilarious and fun thanks to two incredibly enjoyable performances.
November 4, 2014
A super movie for Jakie fans
July 7, 2014
Ok, this movie was a bit shitty
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