Fun to see macho hero Kurt Russell making a fool out of himself as a stupid and useless truck driver loser with a lot in his mouth and nothing in his brain fighting supernatural kung-fu fighters. Like the whimsy feel and how it mixes fantasy into it and there are some fun FX in the film. The ending ask for a sequel that sadly will never come.
[J. Brew Recommendations: Day 4/7] So on one hand I do like the movie for what it is. I admire that Jack Burton seems to simultaneously have no clue what he's doing and act like he knows exactly what he's doing. It's a type of bravado you don't see in many leading protagonists. As a fan of martial arts films though, the action is a bit subpar; if you have such a wackjob plot, you need good action to make up for it.
Its foundation for its plot/character starts very strong, then the plot gets clumsier in its telling as it moves along. The dialogue is witty and snappy, and the actor's have great charisma, but its throwing-of-every-idea-it-can-into-the-fray creates over-stimulation and choppiness. It moving at a 100 mph makes it cram too much into its scant runtime, never giving time for its obstacles and conflicts to truly settle.
It comes as a mash-up that works better with individual parts rather than the entire whole. As a movie, it comes little too schizophrenic for bigger audience, which is probably the reason for its commercial failure. But, the pieces that were so outwardly crazy and daringly deranged, earned it a cult status - and a must-see example of big budget cinema meets exploitation film-making.