🎞 Kemper 🎥’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Son of a bitch must pay.”
This film was directed John Carpenter and stars Kurt Russell, Kim Cattrail, James Hong, Dennis Dunn, Victor Wong, and Kate Burton
So I’ve been going through a lot of John Carpenter films over the past few days and this has always been one of my favorites of his. John Carpenters score is yet again iconic and memorable, this one might be my favorite of his. I love how the movie mixes realistic action and fantasy perfectly, along with some hilarious humor. The character of Jack Burton is possibly the greatest character ever put to screen and nobody on earth besides Kurt Russell could play him. Sure the film is cheesy at times but it’s the absolute best kind. This is truly one of the best action movies to come out of the 80's in my opinion. The creatures in the movie that Carpenter whipped up in his mind are genius. The final fight sequence is hilarious and awesome I don’t care what anyone says.
“It's all in the reflexes.”
Lo Pan is the perfect villain and he’s brilliantly played by the great James Hong The characters of Thunder, Rain, and Lightning were always so cool to me and looking back at them now they were clearly the inspiration for Raiden from Mortal Kombat. I love the rainy aesthetic that John Carpenter created with this film, the set pieces all feel so unique and memorable. This movie is what some would call a B movie, but it’s the best kind as it knows what it is and just goes for it, in my mind it succeeds at everything it was going for. The entire cast is perfect, nobody feels out of place and everyone has something about them to like. The film might not stand up so well to modern audiences or people who didn’t grow up with the movie but if you are a fan of the film, you know.
Overall this is an 1980s MASTERPIECE that needs to be watched by everyone.
“You just listen to the old Pork Chop Express here now and take his advice on a dark and stormy night when the lightning's crashin' and the thunder's rollin' and the rain's coming down in sheets thick as lead. Just remember what old Jack Burton does when the earth quakes, and the poison arrows fall from the sky, and the pillars of Heaven shake. Yeah, Jack Burton just looks that big old storm right square in the eye and he says, "Give me your best shot, pal. I can take it."