Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China ★★★½

Boom Studios have begun releasing a comic book mini-series that has Jack Burton from Big Trouble in Little China step into the world of Snake Plissken's Escape from New York. I've read the first issue and was impressed to find they made it work. It's beautifully drawn and the interactions of two iconic Kurt Russell characters is intriguing rather than silly.

So it was only a matter of time before I returned to this film, not to mention that it's a film I really should be watching once a year. Carpenter's blend of the supernatural, action and comedy must have made audiences scratch their heads in 1986 but I've been a fan of this film since discovering it on VHS in my youth. I love Russell's Jack Burton - any film that can take risks with their lead hero in an attempt to get some laughs gets major points from me, and Russell is 100% on committed with his unlikely truck driving hero with a very John Wayne delivery.

I want to describe this film as one of a kind, but Eddie Murphy's The Golden Child was released around the same time which also mixed Chinese mysticism with comedy, which now that I think about it, I need to return to.

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