I have seen a few Jackie Chan movies and The Tuxedo is another one of his cheesy action/comedy offerings. It's not the greatest movie in the world but I enjoyed it to a certain degree as I quite like Jackie Chan himself. If you're not a fan then it might not be for you as it's a bit stupid.
The Tuxedo is a story about Jimmy Tong who is a taxi driver. He is very experienced at what he does not and has mastered the art of weaving in and out of traffic and through the chaos of the New York city streets and he is pretty quick too. He prides himself on getting a customer to their destination with speed. Although he's a bit crazy on the road he is generally a nice normal guy.
Jimmy is pretty content with his lot in life and his current job. However, when he is offered a job as a chauffeur for billionaire spy by the name of Clark Devlin it seems too good an opportunity to turn down and quits the taxi job. He loves his new job and is very comfortable. There is only one rule though and that is that Jimmy cannot touch Clark's suit no matter what. Unfortunately when the limo is bombed by a bunch of terrorists Jimmy escapes but Clark is left in a a coma.
While in the hospital Clark tells Jimmy that the suit possesses great powers and allows him to try it on for size. When he wears it he gains multiple powers. He is able to defy gravity and become a master of martial arts amonst other things. Together with this suit and also mistaken for Clark by a female spy they go on an adventure together with the aid of this speical tuxedo.
The movie itself is stupid but great fun and is very funny too. There are hilarious scenes throughout the movie. As well as being pretty funny there are some great action sequences too as you would expect from a Jackie Chan movie. These action parts are very entertaning too.
The movie is funny and exciting and keeps you interested which is all you really want from a movie. If you love Jackie Chan then I think you will love this movie too even if the plot is not that strong.
Jackie Chan has always been a favourite of mine, mainly because he seems so friendly and genuine. Tuxedo really presents some of his well-known humour into a great action film.
It follows the story of Jimmy Tong (played by Chan) as a cab driver. He teams up unexpectedly with partner Jennifer Love Hewitt, who plays an excellent role alongside Chan. The usual Jackie Chan action follows as they suit up (thus the films title) for an entertaining international story of espionage.
Dreamworks Pictures did a good job with Tuxedo. It is very entertaining and the action scenes are sweet. Jackie Chan is smiling through and the feel good factor kept me watching. Jennifer Love Hewitt looks pretty in her suit and adds the charm and sexiness that the film would otherwise lack.
Great sound, above average storyline and all-out Jackie Chan style action, make this a worthwhile film to watch.
Though his reputation goes before him, I don't think I'd ever seen a Jackie Chan film before - certainly not the foreign ones where he first made his name, and not even Hollywood ones such as Rush Hour. As for Jennifer Love Hewitt, I'd been sorely disappointed by some of her previous movies (e.g. Heartbreakers), but knew she'd at least bring, ahem, 'redeeming features' to the film. The real reason I watched The Tuxedo was simply that it was on TV and I didn't have much better to do and, although I've heard mixed opinions on it, if you were in the same situation I'd say you could od worse than watch.
It's a kind of comedy spy-spoof that I guess could most obviously be pigeon-holed alongside Austin Powers or even something like Naked Gun. Chan plays a taxi-driver James 'Jimmy' Tong, employed to chaffeur Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs), who's some kind of special agent. When Devlin is injured, Jimmy steps into his shoes - and, more importantly, the top military technology tuxedo, giving its wearer near super powers. Teaming up with agent Del Blaine (Hewitt) - who thinks he is the top agent Devlin - its then up to him to foil the evil villain Dietrich Banning (Ritchie Coster).
No doubt promotional material would have you believe that the last line should be completed '...with hilarious consequences', but that would be going slightly too far. You no doubt know the kind of silly, Hollywood slapstick drivel to expect. There are a few really funny moments, my favourites being one near the start where Jimmy ducks out a fight, telling a policeman "not all Chinese people are Bruce Lee", and another where he gets caught with his pants down - literally - and ends up trying to fight off the bad guys while getting dressed - the result being his legs have a super martial art mind of their own.
The funny bits are, however, mired in a risable plot. Whereas Austin Powers is always tongue-in-cheek enough that you know Dr Evil's 'tractor beam' or whatever is not to be taken seriously, The Tuxedo is let down slightly by trying to be credible. While mad scientist-type Dr Simms (Peter Stormare) adds some further comedy, I'm reliably informed the science is all bunkum. I don't really want to spoil the dastardly plot, but it's standard 'evil genius' fare and not remotely realistic, so it would probably have been better had the film admitted this rather than trying to present it as if plausible.
The characters were all rather one dimensional, with stereotypes (the rich bad guy, ordinary Joe reluctantly thrust into role of hero, slightly dippy female sidekick) being sufficient for this kind of popcorn movie. With the script neither requiring nor really allowing development, the actors were all adequate for their roles. Chan comes across as a likeable hero, who the audience can if not identify with at least sympathise with (though that's not too hard, with things so 'black and white'). As I said, I'm not a Chan fan, but those who are will be disappointed to learn he uses wires for his stunts in this movie.
JL-H isn't really tested dramatically, but performs her usual eye-candy role with a number of stunning cleavage shots, and manages to be not too annoying for the rest of the film. (Though her character's need to follow the rule book is slightly over-played). Some of the more minor characters, I think, get much bigger comedy value out of smaller parts - the scientist I've already mentioned, but also the bad guy's girl Cheryl (Mia Cottet), who tries to seduce Jimmy and comes out with lines like "I graduated top two-thirds of my sixth grade class".
At the end of the day, this isn't supposed to be a classic piece of cinematic history; it's simply brainless fun and on that level it succeeds - albeit as simply 'adequate' rather than 'exceptional'. Don't expect a masterpiece, but if you have nothing better to do it's pleasant entertainment for 98 minutes.
Rated: 12-A UK / PG-13 USA (Some sexual suggestion, no real action; comedy violence)
Running time: 98 minutes
Info courtesy of http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290095/
The best price I can currently find for the DVD is £5.97 from Tesco Jersey.
An asian making it in Hollywood
I still remember Cannon Ball run, that was the 1st movie of Jackie Chan by all standards in Hollywood. Now Hollywood is making Jackie Chan centric movies, recently there were talks between Akshay Kumar and Jackie Chan to combine both in a dual language movie, I hope it comes around. It will be fun. Tuxedo is one such movie where Jackie Chan is centre of the movie his usual funny act, tough act, Kungfun act, all mixes up to make it worth watching.
Jennifer Love is a young and successful actress in hollywood and acted well in so many scenes with Jackie Chan, they both looked like they are targeting Kids attention with their acting. Anyway kids have always known to enjoy actions of Jackie Chan.
I enjoyed the song of James Brown done by Chan, it was such a funny mix up sweet voice of James Brown coming out of chan's mouth it was tickling your established notions in the mind.
Secret Agents have finally come down to comedy , who would have imagined the James Bond (Sean Connery) potraits will one day do comedy to attract movie goers, these are the signs of change in times.
Do you want me to tell you if you must see it on not, Go see it just for the change in moods and have fun time , they could have made the plot even more crisp if their target audience was not kids.
Anyway kids from age 5 to 17 years will enjoy this movie and adults will have a change of mood after watching not much more than that. I have my best wishes for Jackie Chan.
Being a big fan of Jackie Chan i went to see this film at the cinema. I love many of his films as you can always expect a feel good film mainly down to his super stunts who for those who are not aware he does himself. I swear the guy has more lives than a cat. From Jackie Chan you can expect action and comedy from a film and the tuxedo does give you this in a certain way.
Jackie Chan plays Jimmy Tong who leads a very simple life working as a chaffeur for an egotistical millionaire Clark Devlin. When Devlin is involved in an accident an dis placed into hospital, Tong is sent to the millionaires house to pick up some items for his hospital stay. While at the house, Tong tries on one of Devlins tuxedos and discovers that if you wear the tuxedo, you gain powers. Intrigued by the suit Tong keeps wearing it and finds himself thrust into investigations with Del Blaine.
Jackie Chan - Jimmy Tong
Jennifer Love Hewitt - Del Blaine
Jason Isaacs - Clark Devlin
Debi Mazar - Steena
Ritchie Coster - Dietrich Banning
Peter Stormare - Dr. Simms
Mia Cottet - Cheryl
Romany Malco - Mitch
Daniel Kash - Rogers
Jody Racicot - Kells
Boyd Banks - Vic
Classification - 12A
Run time - 98 minutes
The acting is superb, as always Jackie Chan pulls it off playing a clueless character and i have to say some of the stunts in this movie are brilliant. If there is one thing Chan can do thats entertain and he is wonderful and hilarious in this movie. I especially like a scene where he pulls off some crazy dance moves.
Not a huge fan of Jennifer Love Hewitt but she is not annoying in this film at all so those of you who are like me and get fed up of her playing popular damsel in distress characters should be pleasantly surprised by her in this movie. She pulls off the inexperienced investigator very well and i was very impressed by some of the fighting moves she demonstrated.
The final character i would like to point out is Devlin played by Jason Isaacs is fantastic. Although he is not really in the film (around 20 minutes) he is still a superb actor and plays the egotistical millionaire very well indeed.
The script and story is what lets the film down. Although it sounds like a fun film, it actually has no story and plays to much on the fact that the suit has powers which would be ok but you need the story so that the suit can be used to its full. They have tried to make the film like a James Bond spoof but unfortunately it just doesn't work and you end up thinking the story is just desperate.
If you are a diehard fan of Jackie Chan then you may enjoy this film but although the film has a few laughs and the action sequences are good i would not recommend anybody watch it unless its a Sunday afternoon and there is nothing else on tv and you just want an easy going film then you may enjoy this.
Jackie Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt ? superspy spoof ? all manner of groovy gadgets ? fun time had by all ? lots of jokes and skits and good time ? smart family entertainment ? it?s a Mini adventure? Now, I could just leave it there because that about says it all about The Tuxedo, but where on earth would be the pleasure and the challenge, even if it is succinct and to the point? I?ll give you more? The Tuxedo is a light hearted comedy adventure from the Dreamworks stable which was released in 2002, featuring Jackie Chan, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jason Isaacs with the Godfather of Soul, James Brown in a neat cameo as himself. Chan plays Jimmy Tong, who is hired as a chauffeur for Clark Devlin (Isaacs) a super smooth spy and has to take over from him when he?s indisposed after an attempted bombing. All of Devlin?s abilities, knowledge and skills are actually the direct product of his marvellous tuxedo, which is packed with supreme gadgets. As soon as Tong dons it, he is rendered a gifted spy with all sorts of hilarious results!!! (The exclamation marks signify that this is a hilarious yuk a minute farce which will keep you amused for hours ? well, they do in the world and mind of director Kevin Donovan and writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi ? unfortunately in the world we mere mortals inhabit, it?s actually a yuck a minute disaster which might appeal to six-year-olds but will do little to keep anyone more sophisticated even slightly distracted.) The Tuxedo is bland, uninteresting pap, which manages to have about five minutes? worth of real amusement, and an awful long time when it is just trash which aims at being a sophisticated mickey take on James Bond, but ends up being sub-Austin Powers, and that is certainly saying something!!
The only vaguely good bit is the club scene where Chan takes the place of an indisposed James Brown and struts his funky thang, but even that is a 10 second wonder, and really doesn?t justify the remaining hour and a half ? The Tuxedo is one dire film and quite possibly the worst piece of work which Chan has ever been responsible for. It?s pretty standard fare, like Rush Hour, but a lot less challenging. The pairing of Chan and Hewitt is a pitiful mistake and their interplay is not in the least convincing. I could whitter on for hours about how truly dreadful this movie is, but I?m not sure why I should bother either my butt or yours with the turgid dross. Jackie Chan is an acquired taste at even the best of times, and it certainly isn?t the best of times here ? the plot is banal, the special effects are only reasonable, the acting is poor, the comedy is dull and the realisation is just duff. Cast: Jackie Chan .... Jimmy Tong Jennifer Love Hewitt .... Del Blaine Jason Isaacs .... Clark Devlin Debi Mazar .... Steena Ritchie Coster .... Dietrich Banning Peter Stormare .... Dr. Simms Mia Cottet .... Cheryl Romany Malco .... Mitch Daniel Kash .... Rogers Jody Racicot .... Kells Boyd Banks .... Vic Scott Wickware .... CSA Agent Wallace Christian Potenza .... CSA Agent Joel Karen Glave .... CSA Agent Randa Scott Yaphe .... CSA Agent Gabe PS Funniest line (the only funny line) ? ?The name?s Tong ? James Tong?
Take a look at the majority of Jackie Chan's work in his native country and you'll see that the success of his films are built on the ability to have charm, humour and fight scenes that are exciting, sometimes brutal but always entertaining. Chan's english language efforts so far have brought us the Rush Hour films and Shanghai Noon. Both relying on Chan to play off an affable sidekick. Chris Tucker is a reasonable foil in the Rush Hour films while the drywit of Owen Wilson has seen Noon be the best US chan effort so far. Now we have The Tuxedo which pairs Chan with Jennifer Love Hewitt, a female sidekick and one that I wouldn't say no to (if you know what I mean). Needless to say I was looking forward to seeing this pairing on screen. The Tuxedo sees Chan play Jimmy Tong, a somewhat clumsy but very fast cab driver. His driving talents get him the job of driving superspy Clark Devlin (Jason Isaacs) around. However thing soon turn bad and Devlin ends up in a coma. Meanwhile a manical bottled water tycoon is planning to hold the world ransom with a scam which will mean that the world will only be able to drink his bottled water. Tong takes on the guise of Devlin and is paired with Del Blaine (Hewitt). Together the pair try and save the day although they are completely mismatched and Tong is out of his depth, his only real strength lies in a Tuxedo which when worn gives it's owner amazing powers of strength and agility. Now I know this all sounds incredibly stupid and believe me it is. However stupid ideas often make entertaining films if executed right. However The Tuxedo must rank as an immense disappointment. The film handles the Tuxedo idea ok but every film like this needs a good villain and a good plot. Frankly the plot for this movie is so incredibly far fetched that you never buy into it. It also seems that the makers didn't really fully develop the idea and we're left with a sloppy end reel that involves som guff a
bout insects. Chan and Hewitt save the film from being a complete washout. Chan is his usual charming self while Hewitt is amusing and doesn't look too bad in her array of outfits. The biggest mistake is that the makers have the idea of the tuxedo giving Chan some great powers but most of the time we never really get to see these powers used to terrific comic effect. The thing that makes Chan films special is that the stunts he pulls off are all natural without the help of special effects. Take the moment in Rudh Hour 2 when Chan slides through that very narrow gap in the railings with speed and very little sign of effort. It was amazing because you know that it's almost impossible. But in this movie Chan is benefited by obvious wire work to achieve things that no doubt would have been better had Chan tried them himself without any help. Director Kevin Donavan does a decent job of directing the film. There's nothing fantastically flashy. It's more a case of being let down by a script that has no real idea of how to pull off it's concept. The film done decent business in the US but I'm sure if more time had been taken to develop the idea then this coukd have been a vastly enjoyable goofy movie. But sadly it's a big disappointment.
The Bottom Line(at the top for variety) If you like dumbassed Hollywood action comedies and are prepared for it to tread water a little at times with some decidely unecessary plot exposition then you?ll get the required bang for your buck. If not, then forget it and if you are considering watching because you are a Jackie Chan fan, then prepare to be disappointed by the amount of CG and wire-work employed in blatant disregard for his talents. It still offers more laughs than most straight comedies of recent times though. OK you can quit reading now, the rest is just waffle. The Ramble I?m going to have a sigh here. I was going to tear Hollywood a new one but I guess I?m as guilty as everyone else for encouraging them churn out crap and dumb down some of the better areas of world cinema with, it seems, increasing regularity by watching their movies. Hollywood has found a level of blandness, much like a McDonald?s burger, which no one who experiences really comes away feeling satisfied by but keeps on coming back for more because there is something difficult to dislike about a product consisting of few stand-out features. McDonalds burgers are appealing because they look great on the ads and don?t taste strongly of anything at all, so they can?t be strongly unappealing, Hollywood?s action movie churns are appealing because they look great on the trailers, stick to the tried and tested recipe and rarely explore any new avenues to ever be strongly unappealing. That?s how it goes and I wouldn?t mind but it bugs me when they drag in the rest of world cinema as well. The Tuxedo?s criminal under-use of its star makes it more guilty of this than most in recent months. Jackie Chan may not be the most respected cinemtic icon in this country but you can?t fail to appreciate his acheivements in world cinema. He probably has more fans worldwide than the rest of Hollywood?s supposed megastars put together but since being
snapped up by Hollywood after producing 40 movies elsewhere he has been dumbed down to their level. It?s what they do, they do it with great independant directors as well, the examples are endless. Hollywood doesn?t *get* Chan?s appeal, so they use him as a name to sell movies. In Cannonball Run(he says, going back many years) they used him as a comedy Asian stereotype in a high-tech car - no doubt grossing rather nicely in the Asian market by doing so, in the admittedly fun Rush Hour they wasted his talents as a comedy side-kick to Chris Rock and in The Tuxedo we sink to all new lows because the part he plays could easily have been played by anyone else without anything being lost. Why? Jackie Chan is arguably the single most exciting stunt choreographer and martial arts performer in movies yet The Tuxedo has not one single moment which you could call 'real' Jackie Chan and worst of all, relies on CGI enhancements and wire-work to pull off its rather lackadasical moments of action. When you consider what Hollywood has seemingly in the palm of their hands you wonder just what the hell they are doing... Anyway, you?ve probably gathered already that I?m not too impressed by this but the movie is worth a look so I?ll let you in on what it?s all about. Y?see, Chan is a shy cab driver Jimmy Tong(the movie?s first hard to swallow moment - there are no shy cabbies!!!) who finds himself in the employ of a certain James Bond styled figure called Clarke Devlin(Jason Isaacs) as his chauffeur. When later events land the secret agent in a hospital bed Chan decides to do his multi-functional tuxedo which pretty much affords the wearer super powers and goes on the hunt for a megalomaniac nutter who wants to control the world by poisoning the world?s water supply. Teaming up with the clueless Del Blaine(Jennifer Love Hewitt) en route who thinks he is the comatose secret agent Devlin because she has never seen a photo apparently, the stage is set for...umm, for Holl
ywood?s tried and tested mismatched partner scenario combined with their tried and tested clueless fish out of water scenario and their tried and tested spy movie spoofery with a dollop of tried and tested crowd pleasing special effects. Sigh. I have no real problem with the plot or the cannibalism of other ideas to be honest, nor that we explore the same avenues at east one in every three action movies seems to explore but rather that it?s yet another huge missed opportunity. Jackie Chan is good at the slapstick physical comedy he is asked to do here again and yet the screenplay is so weak he comes across as a rank amateur. Furthermore, by relying upon special effects, wire-work and no doubt, by limiting Chan?s own input(or else it would be more adventurous!) you just end up with ?more of the same? rather than the kind of fresh ideas and exhilarating physical feats Chan became known for and which DOES make the slapstick stuff work above the level of average Holywood fare. Chan was trained in Chinese operatics, which basically brings a poetic performance to martial arts and that comes across in his own movies but in this and the others I?ve seen recently...no, nothing like it, they?re just punch, kick and avoid...they may as well have cast Jean Claude van Damne in the role! Erm, maybe not. Anyhoo, The Tuxedo?s action scenes are fun even if they do come across as anything but your typical Hollywood kinda thing and do waste the talent at their disposal. In many respects it?s all a little reminiscent of Jim Carey?s ?The Mask? when the comedy action sequences kick in - Chan dons a tux and it turns him into an out of control(?cos he hasn?t been trained to use it) almost superhuman spy, trashing a room, walking up walls and across ceilings, scaling walls spider-man style etc. just the green face and the cartoon effects are missing. I liked The Mask and I like the action in The Tuxedo in many respects, but it is a little juvenile. ;o) In terms of acting,
there is little chemistry between Chan and Jennifer Love Hewitt and neither are anywhere near the top of the tree when it comes to playing out a role. Chan?s English is still poor, Hewitt?s acting never looks like it?ll improve either and to be fair, Ritchie Coster(who?) doesn?t make the best baddie in the world. Jason Isaacs doesn?t cut a bad Bond figure though which makes it somewhat of a shame he?s not in it very often.... Of course, neither the acting nor the plot matters because what you?re really supposed to be concentrating on is the action and the comedy which is the way of these things. The Tuxedo kinda gets that wrong too because it spends a rather ridiculous amount of time on the quite ludicrous narrative when it should have been going about the business of being mindlessly entertaining. You are taken down the road of what and why and when and how and ugh...when the plot is that a megalomaniac wants to poison the world?s water by sending a hoard of infected flies out arond the world then who cares?? We know it?s silly, THEY surely know it?s silly, or at least I hope they do, so why dwell on it as much as this movie does!? There are times when this kind of thing makes The Tuxedo drag which is a shame because when it gets on with the business of being dumb but entertaining then it does hit the spot. There are more funny moments here than in most so-called comedies released in recent times for a start! You will laugh, you will be entertained but at the end of the day it?s more of the same once again and none of what you are presented with needs a Jackie Chan to make it work. Fans of his work will be deeply disappointed, fans of fun movies will be entertained if they leave their brain in neutral and expect it to tread water in parts. It?s average, you?ll have seen better and you?ll have seen far worse, whether you want to buy a cinema ticket to see an average action comedy is another matter entirely... (Just in case anyone was won
dering about the title, yes James Brown gets yet another cameo role in this movie in what are actually the funniest scenes)