Big Trouble in Little China 07/14/2009
Each month, a member of The Cineastes selects a film for all members to watch and write about. For more information, click here.
July's film is Big Trouble in Little China as picked by Eugene Lee at YGG’noise
Directed by John Carpenter
Big Trouble in Little China is a preposterous B-movie-on-purpose that really rubbed me the wrong way. But I’ll get to that later. Lets get the even more ridiculous musical score out of the way, right now. John Carpenter, the director of the film, also composes the music (is it music?). After the opening scene, which acts as prologue, we are subjected to a musical cue that would make Zack Snyder wince. Usage of synth and guitar that could be described as “So 80’s”, assault us as the opening credits come into view. At this point, I was actually somewhat in sync with Big Trouble. It was immediately so campy that I felt Carpenter knew what he was doing. I thought it had the potential to be a film that was content with it’s B-movie aspirations, paying homage and poking fun, but it didn’t end up having the brains necessary to do so. It actually falls short of its already questionable ambitions.
The rest of The Cineastes writings on Big Trouble in Little China:
Adam Batty @ Hope Lies
Jake @ Filmbound
Eugene Lee @ YGG'noise
Jack McLain @ The Third Act
Guy Solis @ Inertial Frame
Kurt Walker @ Walking in the Cinema
Joshua Wiebe @ Octopus Cinema
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Neil Alcock at The Incredible Suit