Chan's back on track

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 27 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 27 June, 2004, 12:00am

Although we love to criticise him, Jackie Chan is one of the few global superstars whose movies appeal to audiences of all ages.

His precise comic timing and knack for hilarious body movements are abilities that only the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton have previously matched.

Around the World in 80 Days is Chan's latest movie following some recent flops. Although it is directed by Frank Coraci, the film still carries all the hallmarks of a Jackie Chan movie - it's fun, simple and positive.

Based on the classic novel by Jules Verne, the film tells the story of an eccentric inventor Phileas Fogg (Steve Coogan) who bets that he can travel around the world in 80 days. Fogg's sidekick is Passepartout (Chan), a good thief who has stolen back a valuable jade Buddha for his village. He joins Fogg on the trip in the hope of returning to China quickly.

Needless to say, this is a family movie. You should not expect anything more than some neatly-choreographed action sequences and childish gags. It's also really nice for once to see no one - not even the villains - dying on screen.

Let's stop taking everything so seriously for once, and just sit back, relax and enjoy the show.