Screen Junkies » jay chou http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 22 Aug 2014 19:40:21 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: The Green Hornet http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-green-hornet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-the-green-hornet/#comments Tue, 11 Jan 2011 16:55:38 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15271 The Green Hornet is as good as any Green Hornet movie could probably be, which is to say he’s not a very interesting superhero.

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The Green Hornet is as good as any Green Hornet movie could probably be, which is to say he’s not a very interesting superhero. He owns a newspaper and his sidekick is a martial artist? That leaves a lot more room for Seth Rogen to play than maybe a character with more definition, but the superhero blockbuster as an art film doesn’t really work.

It’s actually when Britt Reid (Rogen) become The Green Hornet that the movie falls apart. Before that, the story of an antisocial rich kid has an edgy attitude, even if it only manifests in a PG-13 drunken party. Finding out his dad (Tom Wilkinson) died on the news in his limo is effectively dramatic. Christoph Waltz looks great as Chudnofsky with a goatee, a Caesar cut and a double barreled gun.

Reid becomes a total dufus, doing happy dances to celebrate victories. He never shuts up during an action scene and often just states what’s happening to him. Reid’s interview with Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz) is just weird, perhaps an uncomfortable bit of failed improv, and he’s always babbling at her. The Spy Kids were more mature.

I get the attempt to deconstruct the hero/sidekick relationship but it’s really forced. Reid would be insecure that Kato (Jay Chou) is such a badass, but he’s just whiny about it. Kato’s issues with being a servant as his cover are better played but still come out of nowhere. Reid’s analysis of superhero movies is pure Rogen. He’s wrong about all movie heroes being good guys though. Spider-Man and Batman always have trouble with PR.

By the time Kato and Reid are reall fighting, it becomes cartoon slapstick with bouncy sound effects. The gas gun bit is funny, but then Reid is still going totally gaga over Lenore like she’s the only one who can save his newspaper. This is a secretary with little journalism experience. There is plenty of people way more qualified for the job, and I bet some of them are also hot too.

The action is pretty awesome. If they’d have just done a straight generic plot with these action scenes they would have had a solid movie. Kato-vision basically alters perspective, time and physics at the same time. The climax in The Daily Sentinel is thrilling. Then there’s more silly comedy epilogue.

The 3-D looks fine. There are some good shots of the Reid mansion and roses coming into focus, plus more abstract Michel Gondry shots towards the end. There’s also a lot of blurry background from the post conversion process. Anything CGI, like flying bottle caps or missiles, can come out of the screen pretty easily.

Ultimately The Green Hornet is as troubled as its many delays would indicate. You know, superhero comedy is tricky. They can’t all be Blankman.

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Hang With the ‘Green Hornet’ Cast Through Your Computer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hang-with-the-green-hornet-cast-through-your-computer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hang-with-the-green-hornet-cast-through-your-computer/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:27:41 +0000 Reza F. http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=15106 Ever wanted to attend the star-studded premiere of a major studio film? Well now's your chance to pretend you're doing just that! Tonight we'll be streaming the premiere of The Green Hornet right here.

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Ever wanted to attend the star-studded premiere of a major studio film? Well now’s your chance to pretend you’re doing just that! Tonight, beginning at 9:30 pm EST/6:30 pm PST, we’ll be streaming the premiere of The Green Hornet from start to finish. Right here! It’ll be even better than actually being there, because you don’t have to wear a tuxedo. Or pants in general.

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The Green Hornet http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-green-hornet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/the-green-hornet/#comments Mon, 03 Jan 2011 21:14:25 +0000 Reza F. DIRECTOR: Michel Gondry CAST: Seth Rogen; Jay Chou; Cameron Diaz; Christoph Waltz; Edward Furlong; Tom Wilkinson SYNOPSIS: By night, debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid fights crime as a masked superhero...

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DIRECTOR: Michel Gondry

CAST: Seth Rogen; Jay Chou; Cameron Diaz; Christoph Waltz; Edward Furlong; Tom Wilkinson

SYNOPSIS: By night, debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid fights crime as a masked superhero known at The Green Hornet. At his side is martial arts expert Kato.

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New ‘Green Hornet’ Trailer Busts Out Kato-Vision http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-green-hornet-trailer-busts-out-kato-vision/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/new-green-hornet-trailer-busts-out-kato-vision/#comments Sat, 20 Nov 2010 00:14:53 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=8845 The new theatrical trailer for The Green Hornet has a lot going for it. It's got lots of guns, cool cars, some hot chicks, and even a few jokes thrown in for good measure. But what most impressed me about the trailer was the "Kato Vision."

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The new theatrical trailer for The Green Hornet has a lot going for it. It’s got lots of guns, cool cars, some hot chicks, and even a few jokes thrown in for good measure. But what most impressed me about the trailer was the “Kato-Vision.”

Apparently, the Green Hornet’s trusty sidekick, Kato, has the ability to see things in super-slow motion. This allows him a distinct advantage when fighting villains. I’m not sure if all Asians have this power, or just Kato. Either way, Panda Express has seen the last of me.

The Green Hornet buzzes into theaters January 14.

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‘The Green Hornet’ Trailer Has Hollywood a Buzz (Sorry) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-green-hornet-trailer-has-hollywood-a-buzz-sorry/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-green-hornet-trailer-has-hollywood-a-buzz-sorry/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Sorry, I'm addicted to onamonapia and bad puns.The official trailer for The Green Hornet is out, which is more than I can say for a certain New England Patriots' quarterback (all your supermodel and hot-actress baby mommas don't fool me, Tomás).In the film, the protagonist, Britt Reid (Seth Rogan), is a millionaire playboy who is forced to give up his hard-partying ways in order to fight crime. If that sounds familiar, it's probably because it's the same plot as Iron Man, Batman and every other superhero movie you've ever seen. But in a twist reminiscent of my high school chemistry class, Reid lets his Asian friend Kato (Jay Chou) do all the hard work, and basically just goes along for the ride.It's not a stereotype if it really happened.Watch The Green Hornet take credit for Kato's hard work after the jump.

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Sorry, I’m addicted to onamonapia and bad puns.

The official trailer for The Green Hornet is out, which is more than I can say for a certain New England Patriots’ quarterback (all your supermodel and hot-actress baby mommas don’t fool me, Tomás).

In the film, the protagonist, Britt Reid (Seth Rogan), is a millionaire playboy who is forced to give up his hard-partying ways in order to fight crime. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because it’s the same plot as Iron Man, Batman and every other superhero movie you’ve ever seen. But in a twist reminiscent of m high school chemistry class, Reid lets his Asian friend Kato (Jay Chou) do all the hard work, and basically just goes along for the ride.

It’s not a stereotype if it really happened.

Watc The Green Hornet take credit for Kato’s hard work after the jump.

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Seth Rogen Blows Sh*t Up In First Official Look at ‘The Green Hornet’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-rogen-blows-sht-up-in-first-official-look-at-the-green-hornet/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/seth-rogen-blows-sht-up-in-first-official-look-at-the-green-hornet/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Though the trailer isn't set to premiere until tonight, we've got a duo of official photos from Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet. The photos show a slimmed-down Seth Rogen as the Hornet and Jay Chou's Kato in action. In the first, we see the boys running away from a massive explosion in full action hero mode. In the second, we see Kato with his gun trained at someone in what looks like a Benihana restaurant. A word to the wise, you throw broccoli at Jay Chou's face, you risk losing your face.What's missing is Gondry's trademark loopy art direction. I don't see yarn or cardboard in either of these. There's not even any macaroni art. Somebody had better swede this movie immediately.SEE SETH ROGEN: ACTION STAR AFTER THE JUMP...

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Though the trailer isn’t set to premiere until tonight, we’ve got a duo of official photos from Michel Gondry‘s The Green Hornet. The photos show a slimmed-down Seth Rogen as the Hornet and Jay Chou‘s Kato in action. In the first, we see the boys running away from a massive explosion in full action hero mode. In the second, we see Kato with his gun trained at someone in what looks like a Benihana restaurant. A word to the wise, you throw broccoli at Jay Chou’s face, you risk losing your face.

What’s missing is Gondry’s trademark loopy art direction. I don’t see yarn or cardboard in either of these. There’s not even any macaroni art. Somebody had better swede this movie immediately.

SEE SETH ROGEN: ACTION STAR AFTER THE JUMP…

 

(via /Film)

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