The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia on July 4, 1986 · 107
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The Atlanta Constitution from Atlanta, Georgia · 107

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Friday, July 4, 1986
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FRIDAY, JULY 4, 198& ffhf Atlanta journal AND COXSTITITION China FROM IP away, by a spirit of sorts an Ori-enC2,000-Year-Old Man named Lo PayTJames Hong), whose idea of fuwj-business is to transform him-selClnio a 7-foot-taIl samurai with sujJSfnatural powers. Riding Jack and Wang in their rescue attempt which takes them to such out-of-the-way places as the Room of the Upside-Down Hell and pits them against powerful enemies wearing hats shaped like over-size wicker lampshades are an outlandish assortment of characters. They include a plucky lawyer (Kim Cattrall), a bashful reporter (Kate Burton) and a tour-bus driver (Victor Wong) who has a few magic tricks of his own up his sleeve. It turns out that Lo Pan has made off with Wang's future bride because she has green eyes, a rarity among Oriental women. "Green eyes are an extra," explains one character. "Like leather bucket seats." They are also, in Lo Pan's case, his ticket out of the Hell of Flesh-less Existence imposed on him by the first Chinese Emperor. Marry a girl with green eyes (did he ever try Rita Tushingham?) and Lo Pan will became a mortal man with immortal powers. "Big Trouble in Little China" is. in essence, a high-spirited, live-action comic book. Its tongue-in-cheek tone and non-stop heroics can be a little wearying the movie could lose a good 20 minutes but Carpenter and his lively cast seem to be having such a good time that the easiest thing to do is relax and enjoy the ride. In a way, this is the movie "Escape from New York" was trying to be but never quite managed to pull off. The crucial difference is that "Big Trouble" doesn't take itself seriously. It's looser, goofier and less at odds with itself. W.D. Richter ("Buckeroo Banzai") helped write the over-stuffed, nonsensical script which plays like a '30s serial on a mixture of speed and laughing gas. Richard Edland ("Ghostbusters") devised the flashy visuals, which often resemble a "Star Wars" laser show staged inside a lavish Chinese restaurant At first, Russell's macho-to-the-max swagger seems inappropriate. Actually, his pitch is perfect it Just takes the movie a little while to catch up to his full-tilt cartoon style. Which it eventually does with all the insane gusto of an Americanized big-budget version of the chop-socky cheapies that show up on Kung-Fu Theater. "Big Trouble in Utile China" is mindless entertainment on a mind-boggling scale. Sometimes, you can't help but wonder if it's too much of a good thing. But like any joy-ride, it's the overdone flourishes that make the trip worth taking and "Big Trouble" has flourishes to spare. "Big Trouble in Little China." An action-packed kung-fu comic book. Starring Kurt Russell and Kim Cattrall. Directed by John Carpenter. Rated PG-13 for violence. Mouse FROM IP witch or Sleeping Beauty's toweiing dragon need to know right away that "The Great Mouse Detective" doesn't pull its thrills and chills. There's a monstrous fat cat that hungrily disposes of any Ratigan minion who falls out of favor. And a hair-raising fight-to-the-finish in and around Big Ben. And even a little sex in the form of a white-mouse chanteuse who performs a G-rated strip-tease in a waterfront dive called The Rat Trap. "The Great Mouse Detective" is no baby-movie to park your under-five at while you mall-crawl. It's a full-blown animated comedy-adventure that should be a lot more pleasing to Baker Street Irregulars than the recent "Young Sherlock Holmes" (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective even makes a couple of cameo silhouette appearances). My five-year-old expert, Katie, liked the duel-to-the-death the best, but she was also very glad to be sitting on her dad's lap during the scarier parts. Basil and Ratigan are most worthy opponents who pride themselves on their their cleverness and on outwitting each other (a most welcome change from the post-"Rambo" glorification of brute-force.) Ratigan, who looks a bit like Sid Caesar's top-hatted hobo, is "played" by Vincent Price who proves he would've made a fine Moriarity if given the chance. Barry Ingham, a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, is a perfect-sounding Basil shrewd, egocentric and not always sure what to do with the overly-affectionate Olivia. "Amazing," enthuses Basil's hew partner-in-crime-solving. Dr. Dawson, when the detective correctly deduces the rotund rodent's entire life history from one patched sleeve. "Actually, it's elementary," replies the indefatigable Basil. , "The Great Mouse Detective" is amazing and elementary. It's a brilliant step back to basics and a welcome return of the one and only Disney magic. "Th Graat Mouse Detective." an animated feature film from Disney. 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