Thursday, 27 January 2011

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The Green Hornet 3D [Review]

Opinion: C+

Pointless affair it seems as The Green Hornet is randomly thrusting out its sting without any intended target. Less a few interesting visuals that Director Michel Gondry lends to the film as well as the quirky but workable chemistry between Seth Rogen and Jay Chou, this superhero film is really not quite here nor there with a loose script and one dimensional supporting characters.

Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles' largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid's shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britts new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.

Probably better described as a funky relationship between two friends who became brothers-in-arms as a masked vigilante partnership, it's really all about Jay Chou and Seth Rogen.

Nothing more.

Alright, maybe adding all the tech gadgetry, customised cars, and stylised fight sequences, you'd get some action amidst all the silly bantering going on throughout the film between the two protagonists. Not even Academy Award Winner Christoph Waltz can outshine his limited linear role prescribed to him. It's not exactly his fault though, given a better scripted role Waltz might be earning nominations with it.

Cameron Diaz however, appears to be no more than eye candy to arouse Britt Reid's interest.

Speaking of which, Chou seems to be chalking up quite a bit of screen presence from Rogen and it's interesting to spot such in Chou's first Hollywood project. Despite featuring an uneasy English tone, it complemented his relationship with Rogen in contrast since one's sprouting at speed units of RPM while the other has to go slow.

We all know that Britt Reid is The Green Hornet, but Kato is depicted as the man who's responsible for all the prowess of the vigilante partnership. This further portrays Reid as a clown figure while Kato is the silent hero who goes uncredited. Even Chudnofsky's (who later on superhero-inspired his name to Bloodnofsky) impression of Kato was the driver who sends The Green Hornet to his missions.

Gondry puts his visual competency to good use here with some highly stylised aesthetics and action sequence, although it is deemed insufficient to get the audience distracted from the lacklustre plot. There is this very impressive graphic transitional sequence when a bounty on The Green Hornet's head is spreading around the neighbourhood. It's anyone's guess why Jay Chou is prominently featured in the film.

He's the vessel of cool action.

Scoring a few occasional laughs, Rogen's screenplay with Evan Goldberg lacks an intimate connection with the audience. All the dialogues are frequently self-indulging and it appears the dynamic duo is living in a world of their own.

The additional benefits from 3D were close to none despite Gondry's pedigree as a visual filmmaker. If there's any reason for you to catch this film, there appears to be just one.

You've to be a fan of Jay Chou before proceeding.


  1. To me, its quite a good movie..very entertaining..rather funny.. :)

  2. @JEMSEN Yeah it's funny, but maybe because I was looking for more. Probably why. Aha.

  3. looks like everyone around thinks about the same about this movie.. maybe because the producers focused on the comedy rather than more plot? what do you think?


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