Jackie Chan's two recent American movies, Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon, are both funny but not very action-packed. Luckily, Gorgeous is an Asian film. Unfortunately, it is a romance comedy. Fortunately, Jackie Chan has fight scenes in it. Unfortunately, the movie still blows.
Jackie Chan is a guy with a lot of money who has pissed off a competitor by dropping all the stocks, resulting in a loss of about ten million dollars. The competitor, in returns, sets out to destroy Chan's image by having him lose a fight, but not to the death. Yes, real suspenseful, I know. Also, on a more prominent note, a relationship is forming between him and everyday girl Bu (the very expression-friendly Qi Shu).
The first problem about this movie is that it has no plot. Sure, most Jackie Chan movies don't have much plot, but they still have some. This one has no plot whatsoever. Chan and Shu fall in love and his competitor pits a big fighter against him just to show that he can lose. There's no suspense because Chan's life is never in danger, and the romantic element isn't that great either. Not once was I really interested in the romance as neither of them, especially Chan, struck me as the kind of figure to be in a romantic movie, and the way it works in the film... it doesn't work. At the very end they kiss or whatever, but that's about it.
As for action, there are a few decent scenes, but nothing that great. There's really good choreography when Chan is fighting the American fighter, but those scenes aren't exactly exciting. There is no use of Chan's clever props since it is a clean fight, and there is no danger that he will get clobbered.
The second problem is that Gorgeous is boring. The action is spaced out too far and when it comes it isn't even that great of action. The romance is boring; during the last fifteen minutes, I was talking on the phone and I didn't miss a damn thing.
Gorgeous is a real stinker. The action is not even comparable to most of his other films, the romance element is nonexistent, and the plot is invisibly thin. There are some comical moments from time to time but that's about it. Gorgeous is one ugly movie.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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