While the reliance on sex jokes tends to be a little draining, there is some surprisingly fun material in this film - particularly when it comes to the straight humor of Van Damme in a shockingly hilarious role. The core of the film tends to be very predictable with characters that fit the variety of cliche roles needed for a comedy like this, but it does have its moments.
Released under the title The Shadow Boxing here, this mash up of Chinese hopping vampires, kung fu, and comedy is actually loads of fun - even if the resulting story is hit or miss in anything outside of fun. Featuring a story about a kung fu master and his apprentice attempting to 'corpse herd' nine vampires to their various towns for burial, the film is ripe for various slapstick kung fu hijinks. Overall the film plays it a little safe and doesn't contain hardly any horror elements, but the fun to be had is infectious and that does say something.
Fincher, you mad genius bastard! Only he could take a film like this and make into a riveting, roller coaster emotional thriller that has even the most intelligent of movie goer leaning whatever which way he wants them to go. It's intoxicating in its subtlety, brimming with impressive performances, and challenging in its delivery. Bravo, good sir.
If you thought The Avengers had great banter and chemistry, then Guardians of the Galaxy will make you pee yourself a little. James Gunn goes epic with his space opera in the film, but his roots in genre filmmaking (horror, dark comedy) still freely float through the film. Truthfully, the only thing that was weak was the villain (again). Marvel needs to move away from stoic villains. Otherwise, this film was impressively executed.
I also think that James Gunn should remake The Ice Pirates. That's my big take away from this film.