Chon Wang, a clumsy imperial guard trails Princess Pei Pei when she is kidnapped from the Forbidden City and transported to America. Wang follows her captors to Nevada, where he teams up with an unlikely partner, outcast outlaw Roy O'Bannon, and tries to spring the princess from her imprisonment.
A Jackie Western...?
Jackie Chan is Awesome. With a capital A. That being said, and applying to most of the numerous movies he's starred in, Shanghai Noon is a movie that I could've seen flopping without Jackie Chan.
Chon Wang, one of the less respected warriors in the Imperial Guard, witnesses the kidnapping of Princess Pei Pei, and feels a responsibility to journey wherever she was taken to bring her back. Albeit the fact that the emperor doesn't choose Wang in the first place, he manages to join the three warriors sent to rescue princess Pei Pei, and travels to the US. On his way, he is separated from the lot by a series of unexpected events, most including Roy O'Bannon, and ends up adventuring his way through the deserts and mountains of the West, each time only to find his dear friend, Roy O'Bannon - and heaps of trouble, of course. With this hilariously ambitious outlaw, Wang strives to save the princess, facing tons and tons of challenges!
I've seen the movie more than 5 times, but it's still funny each time. Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan form a truly funny duo - one I could see getting frowns from the more serious critics - making this movie really amusing. With some light-hearted humour and the creative and action-packed fight scenes featuring Jackie Chan, this is something that should make you laugh. I think that these are the movies that provide Jackie Chan the possibility to shine; he packs a great punch, both on the martial arts and the comedy side. Owen Wilson, on the other hand, is often put to roles where he acts a little out of character for himself, and I think that this one was exactly where he's good at, even though, once again, it might get some critique from people for going overboard or something - I think it's part of the movie and exactly what makes it good. If you haven't seen this one, go watch it.