Jackie Chan's boundless charm and comic-timing do much to off-set the less than spectacular quality of the film's action sequences. They're solidly entertaining sure, but nothing really unexpected or pristine. Still, the movie is more or less consistently fun despite some sags in its middle, and Jackie Chan himself proves once again just how adept at physical comedy and bumbling endearment he still is.
Little Big Soldier is such a great little movie made up of so many things. It's a road movie, its a war story, its a family drama, and it still finds room to feel like a Jackie Chan action as well. Chan himself puts in one of his Finest performances here, bringing so much heart to the sad Big soldier.
it took me a bit, but i warmed up to this movie! jackie plays a really humble and optimistic soldier trying to bring his king a captured general, looking forward to his reward of land and military exemption -- inevitably, the two learn more about each other and bond along the way. nothing groundbreaking, but certainly charming and the few fight scenes are entertaining. plus, there's my favorite species of bear in it!
Honestly, I would give it a 3,5/5 because it's really interesting to FINALLY hear Jackie Chan speak Chinese in a Chinese movie. He no longer plays the eternal Asian master who kicks ass beside a defenceless American. Just to encounter Jackie Chan in a different kind of character is enough for this film to be worth watching.
Chan's best film in years playing to his strengths and adding some surprises once again, was I the only one that didn't see the end coming? Probably. It’s a Chan movie through and through and bizarrely as it sounds it does give you is a slapstick, emotional tour de force with a cutting edge.