It's...well...it has wonderful scenes of pure brilliance, but then other scenes are...not so good. There seem to be more special effects in this movie than in other Jackie Chan movies. And that's sad, in a way...we're being Matrixed and Crouching Tigered to the point where the filmmakers think we don't want to see simple kung fu action anymore...and we do.
Jackie is lovely in this, as ever...but he's 50 next year and it's starting to show. Still, there are marvelous, comedic scenes where he makes fun of himself (including one jibe that he's "not as young as he used to be"). I also love how polite Jackie is; he can somersault over a dining couple's table in hot pursuit of a bad guy...but he never fails to apologise or say "excuse me."
And...the one thing I absolutely adore about Jackie Chan movies...there's always a marketplace scene. There's always a scene showing a bustling market full of foodstands, live chickens and fish, exotic vegetables and...oh! Everytime I see a Jackie Chan movie, I vow anew to visit Hong Kong, at least. I could have some serious fun wandering about the market that's shown in the opening scenes of this film.
It's no Drunken Master, but it's okay...just don't pay full price to see it.
Oh, and I don't care how lame or dorky it is...I've just decided that Jackie's on my list, instead of Winston Chao, and that's the end of it.