The word ‘original’ isn’t original enough to describe this movie!
Big trouble in little China is the most childish and ridiculous movie ever made!
But – wait for it! – unlike the biggest Hollywood blunders, everything you see in this movie is exactly how it was supposed to be. The intent of this movie was to create a dreamlike world of fantasy, different than any other movie known in the history of modern American movie-making. And boy did they succeed! The truth is, there isn’t a single movie out there that resembles the craziness of this wonderfully colorful and original comedy-masterpiece …
It’s almost as if the director – despite what you may expect a big name in Hollywood – collected his worst nightmares and throwaway ideas and turned it into one beautiful chaos.
John Carpenter isn’t new to the game although he hasn’t made too many comedies like these. There is the instant-classic Halloween presenting the most face masked killer of them all. A few years later we were shocked and amazed by the horrifying events of The Thing.
Let’s face it – these two movies aren’t exactly laughing material – unless you’re some sick mind. And yet, the man behind the camera still manages to pull of a phenomenal comedy which contains so many fun and entertainment that it would appear as if you’re caught in some strange, otherworldly psychedelic dream …
Big trouble in little China is best compared to a traveling circus of colorful idiots. The script is wacky-doo-little apeshit and basically borderline madness.
It gives off the impression of being nothing more than a banal, everyday children’s movie proud to serve a simplicity neatly wrapped in a B-movie amateuristic way of filming. The acting is overall bad – but the kind of bad where things becomes insanely funny – and the fighting in the movie is like watching a kid playing with his toys.
The whole atmosphere of the movie breathes so much dedication and positive energy that you cannot keep yourself from simply enjoying this perfect tongue-in-cheek movie!
The story is easy to explain, although … actually it’s quite difficult! I mean, so many strange things happen at the same time. It’s like every monster or weirdo claims a piece of the action! So let’s just cut to the chase!
Kurt Russell – who plays one of this easily greatest roles of his entire career – steps into the shoes of a truck driver named Jack Burton. He loses his truck somewhere in Chinatown, but his good buddy Wang Chi has to watch how his girlfriend is kidnapped by an evil, immortal wizard who has a weakness for green-eyed women (coz chicks with green eyes in China is about as uncommon as a Chinese person playing basketball).
Now Kurt Russell and his best pal have to find a way to track down both the truck and the lost girlfriend. On their journey they face all kinds of strange creatures in a strange Chinese underworld.
You were warned … Big trouble in little China is a light year from reality …
As a matter of fact, things start off pretty normally. But after half an hour the puppets are starting to dance! Then you’ll see things you’ve NEVER seen in any movie before …
Chinese warriors with a straw parasol on their heads, a wizard who shoots off a mysterious blue light from his eyes and mouth, a horrifying monster (which serves no purpose to the story, but decides to show up anyway), a man whose head grow bigger and bigger until it explodes, a creepy alien crawling out of a rock and eat a man only to never reappear again in the movie and – my personal favorite – a flying monster head with a fascinating set of eyes that is basically some kind of meatball posing as a security camera …
The beauty of this movie lies in its simplicity, its audacity to create a storyline with the most unbelievable plot changes you’ll ever witness and the very joy of childish fun and entertainment. For this reason alone, Big trouble in little China is a must-see movie!! Director John Carpenter is a multi-talented storyteller and has never before or since made a movie like this!
Regardless of how you look at it, Big trouble in little China is the irrefutable evidence that you can make a masterpiece with the craziest and most insane of stories.
Life is already serious enough … isn’t it?
did you know?
Kurt Russell suffered a bad case of the flu during shooting, so the sweat on his body is real, caused by the fever.
Give it to me straight:
Big trouble in little China is a thrill-ride of a movie which will bring back the child in you.
The story is too crazy for words, the acting performances are almost as if there’s never been any rehearsals, the special effects are long overdue, but oh-so funny! And of course, best of all, the weird-looking characters who appear in the movie are by far the funniest thing you’ll see in a long time. Or how monsters, wizard and ghosts in Chinatown become the basic ingredients of one of the most delicious movies of the 1980’s!
Kurt Russell seems to have the time of his life as the blundering fool and accidental hero …