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Friday, January 21, 2011

[6.75/10] The Green Hornet [3D] (2011)


The Green Hornet [3D] (2011)

Brief review: Though it suffers from uneven pacing and unsteady direction, Michel Gondry's 'new wave' anti-superhero flick delivers exactly what it promises: great visuals, exciting car chases, cool gadgets and and plenty of martial arts action. Sadly, Seth Rogen plays the least likable character in this movie, as the Green Hornet himself is an egocentric idiot, who's more like а drone, rather than a hornet. The Taiwanese charmer, Jay Chou, is the true star of the film - not only that he's charismatic and engaging as an actor, but he also possesses an incredible martial arts skills, that will blow you away. Christoph Waltz steals the show, yet again, as the weird, yet delightfully sympathetic villain, Chudnofsky. Diaz is just okay in her role, and James Franco's cameo is rather disappointing. "The Green Hornet" may not have the most substantial plot ever, but it certainly delivers visually. The CGIs are truly impressive, especially those during the slow-mo Matrix-like fight sequences. The action itself is clearly the highlight of this flick, as it's exciting, well-shot and creatively-choreographed. Though the 3D adds little to the experience, it isn't exactly bad or unnecessary.

Overall summary: Quite brainless and often clumsy, yet spectacularly-entertaining, "The Green Hornet" is an inventive blend of flashy visuals and exciting action scenes, fleshed out with lots of enjoyable silliness.

14 comments:

Cpt Pownzor said...

sounds ok. i might check it out

Nebular said...

Pownzor, It's better than just ok.. it's quite entertaining actually. :)

Melissa Bradley said...

I'll be checking it out this weekend and writing a review for it. I'm looking forward to seeing it. :)

Nebular said...

I saw it last night, and though it was pretty moronic, I enjoyed it a lot. I reckon you will find it enjoyable as well, Mel. Can't wait to read your review of it. :)

Ghedebrav said...

Harumph, I'm a grumpy old so-and-so and didn't like it. Wobbly story, silly villain, wrong actors and pointless 3D.

Nebular said...

Silly villain? You gotta be jokin'. Waltz is incredible, though his character is a complete weirdo.

Yep, you probably hated it, because you're too old grumpy for this type of film:)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Still on the fence about this one. I do like Waltz - excellent actor! He stole the show in Inglorious Basterds as well.

Ghedebrav said...

Waltz is nought but the merest shadow of his Inglourious self in The Green Hornet - but what I mean is that he's not an Alan Rickman-style scene-stealer.

And I may be grumpy, but I'm not so old...! ;)

Nebular said...

Absolutely! That's why I said "yet again" ;) It was creative and quite amusing, actually.

Nebular said...

Ghedebrav, I was just messing, pal :) Of course you're not that old... and not even grumpy. This film just wasn't your cup of tea.

As for Waltz, his performance in "Basterds" is my all time favorite male (supporting) performance. I fell in love with him (well, not literally) after watching him in IB.

Jaccstev said...

Definitely will wait for the rip :) Don't forget to ring me when it come out :)

Nebular said...

Of course I wall, Jaccs. Was it released on big screen in Singapore?

Jaccstev said...

it release here this weekend, but I don't think I have the time to catch it at the cinema :)

Nebular said...

I understand.. you're a family man now :) I'll let you know when the R5 release leak.