I’ve seen two movies recently, and figured I’d take a moment to give them the once over for ya…
The first one, Legally Blonde 2. It was cute, funny in parts, but the main reason I went was to cheer up the love of my life. And it worked. Essentially, if you liked the first one, you’ll like the second one… Just ignore the “Snap Cup” scenes and you’ll be fine.
Next… The Medalion starring Jackie Chan. It was good, but like almost all Jackie Chan movies, the story takes a back seat to the action. There is a feel to the film, if you pay attention to it, that is common in alot of anime and other films from that region of Asia, of disjointedness. The story jumps from one plot point to another with little in the way of transition. Plot point. *pop* Plot point. *pop* Action Scene. *pop* Plot point. *pop* Chase Scene. *pop* Plot point… etc. And the cuts between scenes are about that abrupt. And of course, when dealing with a Jackie Chan film, you’ll see the usual people speaking their native tongue that is later dubbed over. Sometimes the choice to do this is odd.. They are in China, you would expect them to be speaking chinese with subtitles, and they do speak chinese, but its dubbed over in english, and then when the same actor is in a setting in England speaking to non-chinese speakers, he’s still speaking chinese with english dubbed over… Its just one of my personal nit picky problems with dubbing. I hate it. And lastly, the movie gets to a certain point, decides “Its been 90 minutes, lets wrap this up.” And it is, in about 3 minutes.
That said… I go to see Jackie Chan films for the action scenes. And this movie delivers on that respect. The only issue is that for whatever reason… Jackie getting older, wanting a different feel for the movie… whatever… they used alot of cable work as opposed to the normal stunts that Jackie usually pulls. Normally, I walk out of a Jackie Chan film saying to myself “Oh my god! I can’t believe he did that!” Things like jumping from one building to another without a safety harness, etc, etc… But in The Medalion, its clear in many places that its not just Jackie… its Jackie and the guys pulling the wires. And seeing that… it makes me a little sad.