I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.
The performances transcend the film's tropes, grounding it in characters that feel more complete than this subgenre often produces.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
Actress is magnificent and exudes a hypnotic screen presence in this affecting drama.
I loved the movie. I think Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson is a great pair for a movie. I can't wait to watch the sequel (Shanghai Knights) The comedy is really good. I would watch it again in a heartbeat. Jackie Chan is funny, Owen Wilson is witty. I find it interesting how they would do a mix of Asian culture and western culture. I know this was made in 2000 but I think the time line is around 1800All in all, I would give it a solid eight.
Yet more of the amiable buddy-buddy action comedy staple from the newly Americanised Jackie Chan, who seems to base every American movie on the template created in RUSH HOUR. Martial arts buffs and fans of Chan will undoubtedly find this a pleasant enough viewing experience, with a fast paced plot that takes in just about all of the old Western clichés: I'm talking cowboys, native Americans, slaves working at a mine, the bar-room brawl, tons of prostitutes, the jailbreak, the showdown, plus lots more besides. Superficially, the film is a pleasure to watch, with great photography at a number of key moments and stunning attention to detail in terms of sets and costumes. The only thing out of place is the bizarre music the film uses, which tends to be towards the 'grating' end of the scale.Fans of Chan, however, will find him getting further and further away from the heights his career reached in the mid to late 1980s. I'm talking about classics such as ARMOUR OF GOD and POLICE STORY. As Chan gets older, we begin to notice some of his stunts are digitally created, stuntmen are starting to pop up, and the various fight sequences just don't last as long as they used to. Don't get me wrong – there are still plenty of cool martial arts battles on display here – it's just that they seem to get fewer and further apart with only flashes of the occasional brilliance that Chan has come to be known for.The comedy aspect of the film is high, trading mainly on the comic interplay between the extreme characters. Chan actually manages to be irritating a few times here with his overacting whilst his newest foil, laidback sidekick Owen Wilson, is a taste that one definitely needs to get to grips with. At least he is far less annoying than RUSH HOUR's Chris Tucker, which has to be a good thing. The supporting cast is pretty strong – Lucy Liu is remarkable but underused as the princess, and one of my favourite supporting role actors, Xander Berkeley actually gets a GOOD role for a change as the mean sheriff, Nathan Van Cleef. Roger Yuan is sufficiently imposing and skilled athletically to provide menace as the villain of the piece, whilst there are plenty of comedic supporting players to enjoy.The balance between comedy and action seems to be pretty spot on, but this is a kind of film where the laughs make you smile occasionally rather than laugh out loud. The same effect is true of the action sequences – they're cool and engaging, but none of them are truly spectacular or mind-boggling like they used to be in the old days. I guess we can at least be thankful that Chan is still around to provide half-decent entertainment which at worst makes us feel nostalgic for his older days. Good luck to him. A sequel, SHANGHAI KNIGHTS, followed in 2003. Incidentally, this is the newest addition to the strange sub-genre of films, the Eastern Western. Following on from the success of THE FIGHTING FISTS OF SHANGHAI JOE in the early '70s, other notable examples include TIGER ON THE RIVER KWAI, BLOOD MONEY, and KUNG FU BROTHERS IN THE WILD WEST.
This was on TV a few days ago and I thought it was funny. The movie was about a Chinese man(played by Jackie Chan)who goes to the Wild Wild West and meets up with a quirky young man who is a train robber played by Owen Wilson and the two unlikely duo set off to save a Chinese princess(played by Lucy Lu)who is kidnapped,and its up to Chan and Wilson to save her. The humor is funny and the acting was very good. Chan was awesome and Wilson was great as im a fan of his since Meet The Parents all the way to Night At The Museum franchise. He actually reminded me of Jedadah(who he plays in Night at the Museum)in this movie. The action was great and for a Western Parody I say check it out. I enjoyed it.6.6/10
I can't really rate or comment on this film negatively, even though it's a movie almost completely devoid of originality and ideas. Basically this is a formula buddy movie, typical of Jackie Chan's work both here and in China in that it involves elaborate stuntwork, kung-fu with props, and humorous characters and situations. I don't usually bother with Chan's American films since he already made better ones in China, but I wanted to see this one because I've always liked Owen Wilson and I wanted to see how they worked together. Happily I can report that I was pleased greatly with their chemistry, enough so that I might even bother to seek out the sequel at some point.The story is like a comedy variation on the old movie "Red Sun" with Charles Bronson and Toshiro Mifune, except that in this case the Asian hero is Chinese and the object they are seeking is not a precious ceremonial sword but rather the princess of China herself (Lucy Liu). Liu is the weak link in the film if there is one... she doesn't seem to have much talent for comedy, although the film didn't give her too many chances to show it off. Much more interesting is Native American model Brandon Merrill, who made her only film appearance here as the gorgeous and strong-willed woman who takes Chan's character (who her people refer to as "fights in a dress") as a husband.There are some fun moments that come at us, and the film's pace is breezy and light. I liked Wilson and Chan's drinking scene, and the ensuing fight gives Chan an opportunity to revive his much-admired "drunken master" technique. Wilson and Chan make a good pairing because Wilson is so incredibly low-key and Chan is so amazingly high-strung. They're the kind of opposites that always attract, and all the story and other characters are really just trappings for the chemistry they develop.For all that the film does have going for it, it simply lacks a few really outrageous laugh-out-loud moments that could have put it over the top.