Typical John Woo themes of brotherhood & chivalry abound in this knockabout caper, which works best as a kind of action variant on the themes of Jules et Jim. The childhood flashback sequence is the real standout here, capturing some of the same poetic whimsy as early Chaplin, but too much of the broad comedy is forced & unfunny, while the action sequences are often poorly edited & derivative of Woo's greater films.
how cute was leslie running around being a little thief??? agh.. this was so cool and fun! the action and music were really great, though there wasn't much character development but honestly the film is worth watching just for leslie and chow yun-fat's scenes together.
Disarmingly silly and OTT, most definitely -- but this is John Woo we're dealing with here. It's refreshing to see his gorgeous, inspired set-pieces play out in a film that doesn't take itself too seriously. Woo shoots everything like an action scene. His camera cuts, jabs and sways tirelessly -- and we engage with an auction scene, tours of a new home, and other such filler more than we ever would otherwise.
this is a totally enjoyable film. there is a lot of comedy and a little bit of drama, but when the action starts it just takes everything over. the story is kind of benign, but it doesn't really matter when you're watching it. Chow Yun-fat is always a blast to watch, especially in the more-than-capable hands of John Woo.