Decided to give this one a shot because Mike from Chinstroker vs. Punter enjoyed it so much and it looked like a good time. Which, yeah, it turned out to be. It was an attempt, it seems to me, to make a Guy Ritchie martial arts film. But the thing is, that doesn't really work unless you actually get Ritchie to write it. Even Ritchie himself sometimes gets too far up his own ass for his films to work, and…
Surprisingly satisfying. Love the redemption arc for the werewolf character, and Bela gets to be much more present (and possibly even more threatening) than in Dracula. The wartime London setting works, and in fact I wish more had been made of it. Frieda Insecort makes a pretty good Van Helsing, and I really like that last scene with the fourth-wall break. If this had been a Universal Horror, it would be in my top ten.
It really isn't just nostalgia.
I saw this in the theater when I was ten. I didn't know anything about genres then, but if I had, I would enthusiastically have said that this set the standard for action/adventure films. Watching it now, more than thirty years later, it is still the standard. It has simply never been equaled. There's not a casting choice, not a plot development, not a line of dialog, not a single frame I would change about…
I love Jackie Chan, but you know what I don't love? Watching Jackie shoot people. That's not what his movies are for. This one has a pretty good fight at the end (Dick Wei is always worth seeing, and always seems to bring out Jackie's best), but otherwise this is just a movie about Jackie and his developmentally disabled brother, and when there is action it's almost exclusively gunfights. Very disappointing, considering it's Jackie and Sammo Hung right when they were both at their peak.