JY's Review of Shanghai Noon
Tom Dey merges the east and west into Shanghai Noon.There is actually enough of a story to fill the 100 minutes of screen time. The pacing is never too slow nor too fast, although the film tends to drift every now and then to thrown in some comedic antics that do deliver some laughs.The action is highly stylized and highly entertaining. The use of the environment and non-weaponized objects in the choreography does wonders to the martial arts sequences.Despite the story taking place in Owen Wilson's territory, the film belongs to Jackie Chan. His facial expressions and line delivery equate to laughs. His stunt work is also a positive. Xander Berkeley turns out to be a solid cowboy, while Brandon Merrill and Lucy Liu provide the girl power.Shanghai Noon excels as a comedic action western. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west.