Why Jackie Chan movies are so much fun to watch

The always excellent Tony Zhou of Every Frame a Painting takes a closer look at what makes Jackie Chan action movies so fun to watch. It's Jackie Chan's brand of action comedy that makes him so special, he plays the underdog, he uses the environment around him, he's a perfectionist and so much more.

Every Frame a Painting broke down the principles of Jackie Chan's action comedies and makes me see them in a whole new light.

The 9 Principles of Action Comedy

1. Start with a DISADVANTAGE

2. Use the ENVIRONMENT

3. Be CLEAR in your shots

4. Action & Reaction in the SAME frame

5. Do as many TAKES as necessary

6. Let the audience feel the RHYTHM

7. In editing, TWO good hits = ONE great hit

8. PAIN is humanizing

9. Earn your FINISH

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Pretty much a fantastic summary of why all modern action films are lacking. We never get to see the fight. Though I imagine the budget is often the reason, as Zhou points out. Batman Begins, for example, has a lot of close shots, and rapid cuts during fight sequences. It's very claustrophobic and it's too difficult to tell what is going on. But along comes the bigger budget in The Dark Knight, and the action is much more stunning visually. They bring the camera back out and let you take in the action sequences. I thought Batman Begins was pretty good when it came out, but The Dark Knight rendered it obsolete. People may shit on The Dark Knight Rises, but like The Dark Knight, it's also one of few action films these days that give you that wide shot we need. And though it doesn't live up to the bar that The Dark Knight set, I still find it superior as a film to most of the Marvel films, which, don't get me wrong, are plenty of fun and worth the popcorn buck, but are never as visually compelling as Nolan's work.