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Fun Action-Comedy, not to be taken too seriously!
The Green Hornet (DVD)
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The Green Hornet (DVD)
Advantages: Fun, funny, amazing effects
Disadvantages: Acting isn't outstanding, is a bit silly which might bother some
The film is directed by Michel Gondry and it based on the original Green Hornet radio show from the 30's. It was released in 2011 and is now available on DVD. I watched it at the cinema when it first came out but have since bought it on DVD for £10. It is probably cheaper than this now though.
The film tells the story of a millionaires son whos father dies after an allergic reaction to a bee sting. The fathers LA newspaper then gets handed over to son Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) as his mother is already deceased. The spoilt party animal of a son then fires off all the house staff except one maid following his fathers funeral, but then has a change of heart and decides to re-hire his fathers mechanic Kato (Jay Chou). The pair then have one too many drinks and visit the graveyard where a memorial statue of Britts father - James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) - stands, and they decide to cut the head off it! Shortly after this they witness a couple being mugged on the quiet street and Britt then discovers Kato is a martial arts expert as he fights off the large group of men single handed.
They then decide to start fighting crime together and create a persona called the Green Hornet. Seth uses his fathers newspaper to publicise the Green Hornet as a warning to the serious criminals. Britt employs Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz) as his assistant. With her qualifications in journalism and criminology she gives them advice (unaware of how they are using it) They then use this info to try to take down Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) a Russian gangster.
Kato develops loads of cool gadgets to use as weapons and also customises on of James' cars to be used as their main vehicle which they call 'Black Beauty' as well as fashioning masks for them both to wear to hide their identity. The pair soon find themselves out of their depth and we learn whether they can take down Chudnofsky.
The plot is very far fetched but the overall tone of the films makes this acceptable. We all know whilst watching that things like this wouldn't happen or work in real life, but because the film is a comedy and doesn't take itself seriously, this doesn't really matter. Because the plot isn't supposed to be too serious I didn't get a major feeling of rooting for the characters and also didn't get that involved in the story but again this didn't really matter as I don't think it was the films intention. Instead of an engaging realistic plot, it presented a hilarious story which I genuinely enjoyed. Some would say it was a bit silly but I didn't mind this and found it very laid back and a refreshing change from most of the more serious films that I usually watch.
The film focuses on the main plot as described above, however there is also a sub-story involving assistant Lenore whether both Britt and Kato like her and are both trying to win her over. This was also very amusing and added slightly to the film making it less one dimensional in terms of plot. The plot itself develops at a decent pace and I think it's the kind of film that it easy to watch as everything is presented to you without you having to think. Despite this the ending does involve a twist which was a pleasant surprise.
The main themes in the plot are martial arts fighting scenes, gadgets and comedy. I love all of these themes so the film suited me well, however if you're not a fan of these things it probably wouldn't be for you. The film definitely fits into the 'feel-good' category and I left the cinema feeling satisfied and entertained.
Its hard to be too judgemental about the acting in this film as the whole film is a bit of a satire and isn't supposed to be serious. Therefore the acting also didn't need to be serious or too realistic, in fact this would have spoilt the film. Therefore I would say that the acting wasn't that great, yet in an odd way this worked for the film.
In general I don't really rate Seth Rogen who is the main character in the film, I feel he can only play one role which happens to the role within this film. So he was funny and it did work, but I still wouldn't say I am a fan of his or think he is a great actor. I thought Cameron Diaz was ok in the film but it wasn't her best performance, but then it probably wasn't the best role she could have been given.
The other actors in the film were again quite funny and I enjoyed watching them, but there weren't any amazing performances as the film didn't allow for this. James Franco also makes a brief appearance in the film as Danny 'Crystal' Clear.
The effects in this film were really good and I was really glad we saw this at the cinema where we could appreciate the effects. The whole film was set well and almost every scene looked like a lot of work had been put into it production wise. I have heard that a lot of money was put into producing the film and it is easy to understand why when you watch it and I really enjoyed this element of the film and thought it made it a really good experience.
Apparently the car used throughout the film ' Black Beauty', was created using 29 different modified Imperial Crown Sedans. This highlights the extent the film went to create a realistic image and I think it definitely paid off.
I really enjoyed this film and found it really funny. It isn't a deep or realistic film so you can't go into it expecting that, but it is thoroughly entertaining providing you don't take it too seriously. If you like sophisticated fighting scenes and gadgets you will definitely enjoy this film.