Big Trouble in Little China

Big Trouble in Little China ★★★★½

"Have ya paid your dues, Jack?"
"Yessir, the check is in the mail."

Top-tier Carpenter, unquestionably one of the most visually creative films of its decade, and put simply, just so much fun. I continue to love how this is subverting tropes while also still bringing in the aspects of what makes great martial arts cinema and fantasy storytelling. Kurt Russell is just so good in this, so fun and funny. I love his reactions to both the giant monster that comes out from the hole in the sewer and when the floating eyeball head shows up, he's seemingly as angry at them even existing as he is confused. (I also love how Jack Burton is introduced in his giant truck, making a "My bitch of an ex-wife." type quip, and then taking a bite out of the most disgusting sandwich you've ever seen. Everything you need to know about him is there.) I'm curious if James Hong's character in Everything Everywhere All at Once with a mechanized wheelchair is a reference to when Lo Pan has one in this, I'd love to know if the Daniels have been asked that. This film is wall to wall fantastic and a total trip, but I have to think especially about how the finale of this from the neon ritual to the human suicide bomb guard is genre film perfection. This makes me laugh, this makes me excited, and this makes me smile. What else can you ask for a film of any era or genre?

9.5/10

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