Note: This is a repost from the old blog! But, I couldn't have a new blog/site without mention of Jack Burton! I hope you enjoy!
This week's Main Character Monday (or Man Crush Monday since both apply to this guy) award goes to Jack Burton, baby! The main character in Big Trouble in Little China is one of my top five favorite characters of all time! So let me give him a little love here.
Jack is absolutely 100 percent flawed.
I love flawed main characters because, to me, reading along with the guy/gal who trip, curses, has awkward moments, and genuinely screws things up is way more relatable than following someone who is always right and on top of things.
But there are plenty of flawed main characters... So what makes Jack special to me?
Throughout the entire movie, Jack barely does anything right other than have a good heart. He stumbles, flings weapons aside on accident, has lipstick smeared on him as talks to the bad guy, almost drowns a few times, gets beat up some, and endures a few other mishaps that a lot of other main characters seem to avoid/overcome. If you really want to get technical, it's the secondary characters that really save the day. Jack just happens to be around, talking about how weird everything is and constantly inflating that ego of his.
Yet, I loved him. If Jack Burton was real I would have followed him into Underground Chinatown without hesitation...though, I'd bring a lot of weapons.
Jack Burton is a flawed character with the best intentions and very little tact. That's a winning combo in my book. Plus, THOSE QUOTES of his are just too good not to love!
I put Jack in the Scoundrel category but, at the same time, not in the same one as Han Solo or Mal. Jack is the rugged man you want in your bed but maybe not the skilled man you want to go into war with alone. (Read: My earlier comment about bringing a lot of weapons with me.)
So here's to Jack! He's a hilarious, loveable man with a heart of gold and a big mouth! Check him out in Big Trouble in Little China (also one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time)!
It's on Netflix so #getonit!