Thread: USA, 2011: The Green Hornet
1/14/2011 11:29pm, #1
USA, 2011: The Green HornetThe Green Hornet
Genre: Action, Superhero
Seth Rogen stars as the Green Hornet, a masked vigilante who takes to the streets after the untimely death of his father.
In this reboot of the franchise made famous by Bruce Lee, the classic pulp detective has been updated for the modern world. Written by Rogen and close friend Evan Goldberg, the titular character hasnít changed much from his radio drama days, maintaining the ruse of a rival criminal in the underworld while clearing out the streets. The teamís story is simple and predictable, even explicitly using a character within the film to lay out the next plot points. Despite coming in at just under two hours, there was so much the story and characters that was left unexplored, much to the detriment of the finished piece. The dialogue is clunky and stiff at best, with the exception of Rogenís trademark adlibbing, which is sprinkled throughout the movie for better or worse. Still, itís clear that the cast is having fun with the script, milking the lines as much as they can. Christoph Waltzís obsessive villain is hilarious from start to finish, and Rogenís hero is as much of a ridiculous slacker boy as he is in any of his other films. Whether this is your cup of tea or not is up to you. Jay Chou makes his Hollywood debut as Kato, the role first popularized by Bruce Lee in the 60s. Chou and Rogen play off each other well, adding a much more interesting buddy film dynamic to the story that wasnít present in the original incarnations.
Director Michel Gondryís vision of a truly modern superhero adventure does come through, but just barely. The biggest failing of the movie is the inability to maintain a coherent tone through the narrative, hobbled further by the rough editing and the poor transitions between moods. As a result, the energy level bounces up and down between unabashed fun and awkward humor and heavy tension and everything in between. Visually the shots are rather bold and ambitious, with some genuinely impressive moments of filmmaking. However, there is such a reliance on visual effects and cheap editing tricks that it really takes away from the actual cinematography on screen.
The one shining achievement of Gondryís take on this classic hero is that he didnít skimp on the action. Every sequence goes completely all out, with massive explosions, exhilarating car chases, and yet still managing to embrace the levity that makes action films fun to watch. Chouís fight scenes are above average for an American film, although the aforementioned visual effects are completely unnecessary and hamper the experience. Every other aspect of the stunt work, on the other hand, is stunning to behold, and would have improved the film by at least tenfold if the same sense of excitement and abandon carried on through the whole movie. While The Green Hornet is definitely worth watching, I canít help but feel like it could have been so much more.
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1/15/2011 11:25am, #2
I thought it kind of sucked. It could have been a good action/adventure, instead of a mildly entertaining Seth Rogan flick. The guy really isn't that funny, really isn't that talented, and doesn't belong in an action flick. I was disappointed."We often joke -- and we really wish it were a joke -- that you will only encounter two basic problems with your 'self-defense' training.
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1/15/2011 12:10pm, #3
My five 1/2 year old wants to see it. Is there anything in it that would be inappropriate for him? He is more interested in action movies than crap like Yogi Bear (thank God).
1/15/2011 6:10pm, #4
It depends on what you let your kid see. For some reason, I thought GH&K didn't kill. There are quite a few deaths, no real blood, that surprised me. You do get locker room humor and a girl in a Bra.
1/16/2011 12:03am, #5
1/16/2011 4:52pm, #6
If they're killing people in it he'll probably have to wait awhile. Thanks though.
1/17/2011 9:35am, #7
I still don't believe that John Cho and Jay Chou aren't the same person.
1/17/2011 12:26pm, #8
1/17/2011 2:17pm, #9
One sings the pants off women, the other slings the plants off campus. One did a joint venture with Rogen, the other wants a joint adventure with Rogen. One impresses with his gong fu, the other with his bong fu.
1/20/2011 10:44am, #10
I saw it last night; thought they carried the clever joke (Britt Reid/Green Hornet is a doofus and Kato is the real superhero) too far. By the time the Hornet finally manages something half-way cool, it's too little and too late; there's no real character arc, therefore no "hero's journey", therefore ultimately no reason to care much about the character.
Other than that, the action is good, Jay Chou brings a very Bruce Lee-like popstar charisma to his role, and there are some excellent fantasy/SFX sequences.Check out the Bullshido.net Western Martial Arts Forum for all things Western, martial and arty.
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