John Carpenter is a legend. The man has directed so many of my favorite alltime horror movies, that it is almost impossible for me to pick one that I like the most. There are ofcourse some of them that have become absolute classics, like for instance Halloween and the Thing. But a few of them are probably not as well known to the general public as those aforementioned movies. This year marks the 30th anniversary of his cult classic Big Trouble in Little China. This technically might not even be classified as a horror movie, but it is one hell of a fun ride. Having recently purchased the cardgame Legendary Big Trouble in Little China ( A review of which you can find Here ) based on this film, I thought it was a perfect time to revisit this incredibly fun movie.
Kurt Russell plays Jack Burton, who is a truckdriver about to have a very bad day. Visiting his friend Wang in Chinatown, Jack is going to get mixed up in something way above his head. Wang tells Jack that he has found the girl of his dreams called Miao Yin, and is heading for the airport to pick her up. Jack decides to give Wang a lift, but only because his friend owes him some money and he doesn’t want to let him out of his sight. When the two of them arrive at the airport, Wang’s girl gets kidnapped by a bunch of Chinese thugs. Jack and Wang give chase all the way back to Chinatown, only to there be confronted by an ancient Chinese Sorcerer called Lo Pan. It soon becomes clear that Lo Pan is the one behind the kidnapping of Miao Yin, and needs her for an evil ritual. With ancient and mystical forces set up against him, Jack has to become a hero in order to save the world. However Jack is just a man, and not a very bright one either….
I had not seen this movie in quite some time and it was just a delight to see it back again. There are so many things in this movie that make it such a worthwhile watch. For one thing Kurt Russell is absolutely fantastic. Jack Burton is just your basic macho man, who is absolutely clueless about what is going on around him, but still ends up being the hero. Some of his oneliners in the movie are just so incredibly funny, that they still crack me up after all these years. Even though this movie is now thirty years old, it has withstood the test of time in my opinion. The special effects might be a little outdated, but are also part of it’s charm. This is basically a comedy, but a very fun and exiting one, and at times feels kind of like an old Indiana Jones movie. Needless to say I absolutely love this movie, and if you have never seen it before, track it down. It is absolutely worth it to see it at least once, if only for the incredibly fun oneliners that spew forth out of Jack’s mouth.
I give Big Trouble in Little China a 9 out of 10 score.