Genre Guesstimation – Big Trouble in Little China (1986)

The idea behind this new feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of 80’s action movies…

big-trouble-in-little-china-1“Okay. You people sit tight, hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we’re not back by dawn… call the president.” – Jack Burton

Number of Times Seen – Numerous times (cable in the 80’s and 27 Nov 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A truck driver gets involved with an ancient Chinese feud that includes mystical magic and the fight for immortality.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I recall enjoying as a kid, (in fact, I recall seeing it a lot on cable in the late 80’s) but haven’t seen in probably close to 25 years.

I know it’s considered a cult classic (like many of John Carpenter’s films), but I had trouble fully reconnecting with it.

I enjoyed it a lot because of its wild and crazy plotline, but I still felt that something was missing with it.

The characters were uniquely chosen and I thought the special effects were pretty cool for a mid-80’s (relatively) low budget movie.

John Carpenter and Kurt Russell know how to deliver and they do deliver here, giving us a fun, campy and wild adventure film that you can enjoy and laugh at as it’s happening.

Bottom Line – Fun and crazy cult movie, but I liked it much better as a kid than I did this time. Great characters and effects truly make this a cult classic. Recommended!

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Came close, but not close enough to be among my all time favorites of the genre

Rating – Globe Worthy


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