Yesterday morning (Saturday), I got a last minute offer to go to a critic’s screening of the new Jackie Chan flick, Around The World In 80 Days. I like Jackie Chan movies, so I thought I’d go. Even if it was 9 in the morning.
This is first and foremost a Disney movie. When I say that, think back to the 70’s, as Walt pumped out sacchariny stuff like The Swiss Family Robinson, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea or The Apple Dumpling Gang. Nice enough, you can take your kids to it without even the slightest worry that anything bad will appear on screen, and there’ll be the occasional thing thrown in for the adults as well.
With that in mind, the main reason why people go to see a Jackie Chan film (martial arts moves, acrobatics, etc.) is somewhat lacking. There’s some action, but it’s all very carefully PG rated (leaning heavily towards the G side). No one ever actually gets hurt, nothing bad really happens and it’s even more cartoonish than usual. Furthermore, there are no cookies in the credits as there normally are in a Jackie Chan movie, showing all the stunts that didn’t go well.
But, it’s a pleasant flick. Everything happens right on schedule for the formula to progress as it should, there’s not a lot of actual suspense in the movie, but it’s still entertaining enough. There are a lot of cameos, though. Enough that I spent a good bit of time trying to place them (I’m not going to say who all they are, but there are enough to entertain you, if that’s what you’re into.
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