23 January 2011

Movie Review: The Green Hornet

I hate that there's just so many awesome movies being made and some expectedly great movies fall short of my expectations. The Green Hornet is one of those movies. I was so stoked to watch this film but it wasn't great. It was good, but it wasn't great.

Anyway, The Green Hornet centers on Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) -- the son and only heir of James Reid (Tom Wilkinson), the man who runs The Daily Sentinel. Britt is a party boy who goes home one day to a dead father and suddenly, he has this huge empire to run. He collaborates with his dad's former associate, Kato (Jay Chou) who's a martial arts - car - machine - gadgets expert, to remove the head of his dad's statue. They find themselves fighting robbers and kicking ass (well, it was really Kato who kicked ass, but whatever). Britt then has this brilliant idea to rebel and yet become heroes. Thus, The Green Hornet was born. With the help of The Daily Sentinel and Britt's newly hired secretary Lenore (Cameron Diaz), they work their way to the top until they reach the master of crime, Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz), in their pimped up Chrysler Imperial.

What I didn't like in the film was the casting. I mean, sure, Rogen is funny but I find it hard to picture him as THE Green Hornet. Chou was great and his skills were superb but it brought no shock factor whatsoever. And it seemed odd that Diaz was casted as the female sidekick - I honestly don't think she has done anything good for the movie. Plus, the chemistry of this love triangle was not there at all. Waltz, also, was underused - I think he could've done a much better job if he could've stretched the role because he wasn't recognized. Watching it in 3D was so-so for me. It did nothing but highlight Chou's fighting scenes. The good in the film lied in it's basic story line. I liked the fact that Reid struggled through his childhood because of his daddy issues. We thought he'd never get over his resentment of his dad, but he overcame it in the end. It was nice seeing that though the movie tried to be action-packed, there was still the underlying moral of the story.

Three stars.


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