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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> February 1999 >> Mr. Nice Guy
Containing as much action as they do, it's hard to expect actors in Jackie Chan movies to be anything but stunt experts. Here we have a whole raft of Australian stunt people, none of whom can act to save their lives. That's no problem, though, because they can fight to save their lives. Their dialogue is awful, so even great actors would have trouble making it sparkle, but these folks kill it.
It's hard to find commentary on a Jackie Chan movie
that doesn't refer to him as a
Gifted Comic Actor. Take one
look at his classics like
and you'll see him at his clowning best. I am therefore baffled by
movies that ignore this fundamental part of his appeal. Most recent
Chan movies, like
have left me vaguely unsatisfied because they either fail to establish
Jackie's character as a nice guy or because they don't make
heavy use of the physical comedy make him a star. I did really enjoy
Rumble in the Bronx
because it played up his best features.
It is with some irony, then, that this movie is entitled Mr. Nice Guy. One of the characters comments that Jackie's character is a nice guy, but there's not much else to establish it. There isn't nearly enough clowning going on here to truly endear the audience to the character. Instead, too much focus is put on stuntwork that is only impressive because we know it really is the star doing the stunts. Even worse, the movie ends in a pyrotechnic set piece that stars Jackie driving a dump truck. Dump trucks are not gifted comic actors, even when being driven by one.