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ROBIN-B-HOOD (2007) **

(Special Note: Saturday Night Screening [http://saturdaynightscreening.wordpress.com/] was good enough to provide me with a couple of movies I’ve wanted to check out for a while now. Do yourself a favor and check their site out. They’re one of the best in the business.)

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.wordpress.com/2011/04/10/robin-b-hood/

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SaturdayNight Screening
Jun. 21st, 2012 12:21 pm (UTC)
i must have been in a good mood when i saw it. and now that i think about it, i think i fell asleep the first time i watched it. i remember it being pretty entertaining (for a late period jackie chan) even though it's way too long and has way too many dead spots. i'd pick it over new police story and some of his "serious" works.

and thank you for referring to us as a business. it may come true some day.

thevideovacuum
Jun. 21st, 2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
I can totally understand that though. If I caught the flick in a better mood I may have been more charitable. It's just that the child endangerment stuff got a bit gratuitous for me after a while.
robotgeek76
Jun. 25th, 2012 03:40 am (UTC)
Eh, sounds like a pass for me. Watching him repeatedly make so-so films for the last 10 years or so has really only made me appreciate his earlier efforts. I can't even remember the last time he made a really great film.
thevideovacuum
Jun. 26th, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Yeah, this is a lesser outing from Chan, but like any lesser Chan film, there are still one or two highlights that remind you why he's a Legend.
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