It’s a very common slam on modern blockbusters. Think a movie is too loud, busy, or bumpy? Compare it to a roller coaster. The Avengers? Felt like a roller coaster. The Dark Knight Rises? Felt like a roller coaster. Iron Man 3? “Like a roller coaster ride that went on too long.”
This is a two-way street, though. Movies might feel more like roller coasters these days, but roller coasters are starting to feel more like movies too. And not just individual coasters, but entire amusement parks; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Jackie Chan says he is planning a theme park dedicated to himself in the Yizhuang district of Beijing. “JC World” will be a celebration of all things Jackie, in five different sections:
“‘I want to exhibit all my stuff. They may not all be worth a lot of money, but they may have a story behind them,’ Chan [said]. The actor didn’t elaborate as to whether the park will include rollercoasters, rides, and games, as per amusement park standard around the globe, but he did say he will exhibit items from the personal collection of artifacts he has amassed over the course of his four-decade career, such as special furniture, antique houses and jewelry.”
Chan also explained that “60% of the park will be free, 40% will be ticketed, with the money used to maintain the antique buildings,” adding, “I am not short on money.” The antique buildings mentioned are Chan’s collection of “historic Chinese sandalwood houses,” which he bought during the ’90s.
Though the initial description makes JC World sound more like Graceland than Dollywood, we would be remiss if we didn’t pause for a moment and consider some of the attractions that Chan could create around his voluminous filmography. Like the Operation Condor skyway. Or the Rush Hour go-karts. Or The Tuxedo menswear store. And if any of the rides fails to live up to expectations, you can complain to your friends and family, “Pfft. Felt like a movie.”