Ephemeral bits first: I haven't been to the movies in quite awhile, apparently. I was somewhat surprised to see 2 tickets cost $19.50. I was expecting $16 or $17. We also had a medium popcorn and 2 medium soaps, I mean sodas and that came to another $16.
There was a trailer for Get Smart playing in the lobby and I must say it looks like they've done a good job.
At least 90% of the ads shown before the movie (and I still hate that they show ads) were for Lexus. I can avoid buying one of those no problem. However, considering the cost of the movie, maybe only Lexus buyers can afford to go regularly these days.
Now for the good bit. There may be things included that might be considered spoilers, but I don't think they really are.
The movie ROCKED! The fight scenes were amazing, the script was funny, the scenery and cinematography was gorgeous! Jackie Chan is so graceful and funny, what's not to like. Jet Li was surprisingly funny and the two of them had a real chemistry. Their "we meet, fight and team-up" sequence was phenomenal. A tension remains between the two characters that doesn't often in this kind of storyline, but should. The white kid who brings the staff was mocked, abused, made fun of and while he does his part, he doesn't become amazing. I liked that.
The movie follows the established pattern for this kind of movie, but that shouldn't be a surprise. It manages to surpass its genre while still being an homage to old movies of its genre.
I'd see it again and again, it was better than Cats. And I'm not just saying that, it is true!