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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the Hell of the Upside-Down Sinners!!, December 23, 2003
This review is from: Big Trouble in Little China (DVD)
The Critics shredded and diced this movie so I really went to the theatre expecting to see one sick puppy. Instead, I was delighted and I continue to be delighted every time I watch this marvelous movies. John Carpenter created an original howl of a time, with tongue firm planted through the cheek and simply went wild with fun and throw away lines, that will keep you coming back again and again. The Critics just did not get the JOKE!! Sigh...fortunately, the public did not agree.
A great cast Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Dun, Kate Burton (Richard's Daughter), Victor Wong and James Hong take several wrong turns and end up in a war - kung fu style - kidnappings and all sorts "some very unreasonable things". Originally the manuscript for the second Buckaroo Banzai movie, Big Trouble hits bulls eye where BB just missed. It's over kill to the max, but such a great way to go as Jack Burton - Russell doing a BAD John Wayne Imitation - runs headlong into the magick underbelly of Chinatown. One critic put down Russell's performance as "was so poor, it was like he was doing a poor John Wayne imitation" WELL, DUH???? Earth to LM!!
Russell is taking Dennis Dun to pick up his bride to be, but she is mistakenly snatched. It's up to Russell, Dun, Wong and crew to try and get her back. Instead, they lose Kim Cattral to Hong as well as Burton's Peterbuilt "the Porkchop Express", so old Jack has to get mean.
If you don't want to laugh so hard your ribs hurt, you don't enjoy parodies, you don't enjoy bad John Wayne imitations...fine give it a pass. But everyone else wanting a great time, this is one you should not miss!
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Initial post: Sep 27, 2011 10:54:22 AM PDT
windcheetah says:
"Originally the manuscript for the second Buckaroo Banzai movie, Big Trouble hits bulls eye where BB just missed."

This is an older review, but this comment bears correction. While Richter did work on the script, it was not as the original writer, but as a script doctor. The original was conceived and written by two completely different writers, who set it in the Old West timeframe, and it had nothing whatsoever to do with Buckaroo Banzai. He was brought in when they wouldn't agree to updating it for the modern timeframe.

I enjoyed both films, but I hope that no one is blindly placing the same criteria on them - each pokes fun at different concepts, and each are fun and quirky in their own way.
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