Shanghai Noon

Don't worry, it could be worse -- he could be a white guy.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * * * · )

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Seagal, he seems like the kind of guy you'd like to hang out with for an evening, listening to his wacky stories and watching his wacky stunts. Jacky Chan and his light hearted attitude is what makes Shanghai Noon, an otherwise cookie-cutter action comedy, work.

Buddy pictures are the bane to modern cinema. I can count on one hand the number of typical buddy pictures that have actually worked, and the only one that comes to mind is Lethal Weapon, the mother of buddy cop pictures. The suits will tell you that the key to a good buddy picture is chemistry. They'd swear up and down that the pair-up Jacky Chan and Doctor Zhivago. We want to watch Chan kick ass and Wilson crack us up. Shanghai Noon succeeds because it never steers away from this.

The DVD for Shanghai Noon is very solid. It has a good looking 2.35 to 1 16x9 enhanced picture, Dolby Digital 5.1 sound and three commentary tracks. If you are a huge Chan fan, I'd say pick it up. If you're a little more main-stream, give it a viewing on a rainy Saturday night instead.

I like Jacky Chan the same way I like Jim Carey. They're great physical comics, but unlike Carey, I actually like Jacky Chan's movies. They don't make us a better person or enrich our lives. They don't stand as a testament to the artistic pillar of film the way Natural Born Killers does, but movies like Shanghai Noon are perfect to kill a couple of hours and let us forget about the world's woes.