(Special Note: Saturday Night Screening [http://saturdaynightscreening.wordpres
Jackie Chan is kinda getting up there in age. So when you watch some of his recent stuff, you have to resign yourself to the fact that his stunts aren’t going to be as jaw dropping as they used to be. Well, Robin-B-Hood proves that not only has Jackie lost his touch when it comes to his stunts, but also his damn mind as well.
Jackie stars as a professional burglar who gets roped into a pulling a job that involves kidnapping a baby. While waiting on his clients to deliver the money, Jackie winds up caring for the kid and decides not to give it back. Naturally, that doesn’t sit well with his employers so Jackie has to Kung Fu them.
Basically Robin-B-Hood plays like Three Kidnappers and a Baby. Some of the hijinks are kinda funny (like Jackie being mistaken for a gay father), but a lot of the child endangerment scenes are kinda hard to stomach (at one point the kid is put into a washing machine). Was I really expecting the baby to get hurt? No. But that doesn’t necessarily make it right to constantly keep putting the kid in jeopardy at the end of every reel change. Your mileage may vary of course. Since I became a father, I’m more sensitive to this kind of stuff I guess.
Child safety aside, the other beef I had with this movie was its length. Seriously, a silly family action comedy about a cute baby has no business being two hours long. In fact, this is one case where I actually wanted the Weinsteins or somebody to cut a half hour out of the movie. It definitely wouldn’t hurt in this case.
And of course, I have to rag on this movie for its insanely stupid title. If I remember correctly, Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor. In this movie, he just steals a baby. And if they were trying to do some sort of clever play on words, wouldn’t it make more sense to call it Rob N. Hood? Maybe something got lost in translation.
Despite Chan’s advanced age, Jackie is still able to pull off some nimble-footed maneuvers. Most of his acrobatics involve him eluding the bad guys and not kicking their butt though. However he does get a pretty good fight on a giant trampoline and there’s a scene on a rollercoaster that’s so good it prevents me from completely hating this movie.
AKA: Rob B. Hood.
Here’s Saturday Night Screening’s take on the flick: http://saturdaynightscreening.wordp