Going into every Jackie Chan movie, people know what to expect: Not much plot, voice-overs, and some really cool stunts. And even though every movie seems to be about the same in the way of contact, every movie is fun to watch. Twin Dragons is no different, expect for there is a little more slapstick comedy, a little less action, and a new twist to Jackie Chan. There are two of him.
Jackie, a world-famous conductor, and Jackie, a street-smart mechanic, make face to face in China. Boomer, the mechanic, and his friend Tarzan, who is incredibly obnoxious, are trying to escape a gang that they owe money to, and Ma Yau, the conductor, is doing a concert. Obviously, the two Jackies are drastically different, which adds to the comedy of the whole event. In the last half of the movie, there is a lot of place switching, especially after the two Jackies realize what is happening. Boomer sleeps with Ma Yau's girlfriend, who is intrigued by his unforseen fighting skills, and Barbara, Bommer's friend, falls for Ma Yau's musical talent. In a lot of the scenes with the girls, there isn't much fighting but a lot of frantic switching, and confusion. By the end of the movie, you wished there would have been a little more action and little less slapstick comedy, because it does grow tiresome.
However, even the action is different from some of the other Jackie films. There were a lot more car chases, boat chases, and explosions compared to his kung fu fighting, and again you want the opposite. Still, if kung fu is what you want to see, there is its decent share. In the beginning, and especially in the end, there is a lot of Jackie Chan fighting. Still, there aren't as many big stunts, and they didn't seem to show any bloopers at the end.
The two brothers also apparently shared nervous systems as well, because when Ma Yau was playing the piano, Boomer's hands began to move. And when Boomer was trying to outrun the bad guys in the boat, Ma Yau began moving all over the place. And then, the movie gets a little more cheesy when Boomer is thrust on stage at Ma Yau's concert, and begans moving all over the place to conduct the orchestra. It was a little too slapstick, but fun to watch for a time.
Twin Dragons is a little too comical for a Jackie Chan movie, and there isn't as much fighting action as there is in other movies, but it has its high points, and is worth seeing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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