Shanghai Noon [VHS]
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From The New Yorker An extremely likable Western adventure that features the home-brewed stunts of Jackie Chan and the extemporaneous comic riffing of Owen Wilson (who borrows a lot from Dignan, the character he portrayed and co-wrote in the cult classic "Bottle Rocket"). Taking in a Jackie Chan movie is a lot like being ringside at a boxing match: the audience bobs, weaves, and shouts with every punch. As a Chinese imperial guard in search of a kidnapped princess, Chan fights his way through all of the classic Western scenarios (the train robbery, the saloon, the showdown at the Spanish church), and Wilson fills the interludes with deadly earnest lectures on the fine points of the cowboy code. -Michael Agger Copyright © 2006 The New Yorker
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Owen Wilson plays a cowboy outlaw who can't shoot straight to save his life (unless it's a true miracle-but I don't want to spoil anything), but he has the brains and a big heart. Jackie Chan plays an Imperial guard whom practically begs to take the assignment of going to the US to bring back the Princess. The two meet in an unexpected way, and, well, you have to watch it to see the rest. The two have chemistry, which is not a surprise considering their personalities, and the film really helps bring out Jackie Chan's comedic style with a recognizable voice, face and the on-screen persona that is so well played my Owen Wilson. A little something new combined with something that American audiences are more used to seeing. It's a great idea and one that audiences gave their thumbs up to as well, being so successful they went on to make Shanghai Knights which was released just three years later.
This movie pays homage to the wild west and American westerns while introducing a little of Asian history in the US and a hint of Chinese culture, too. I would suggest renting or buying it if you're a fan of Owen Wilson or Jackie Chan. It doesn't feature as many fight scenes as some of his other movies but the ones that are in there will make you smile. We watched it through Amazon on-demand using our TiVo Premiere and it worked great. No need to download this one as it streamed up in HD pretty quickly, a very nice surprise. Grab your PC, Mac or TV remote and a movie snack and we will see you in OK corral… At high noon, Shaghai Noon... to say "howdy, partner." Enjoy the show!
Overall a pleasant, entertaining movie - unlike the sequel "Shanghai Knights". What were they thinking when they made that one?