Feb 22, 2011


Do you know the instrumental song “Flight of the Bumblebee” that is played by the pianist Maksim Mrvica a couple years ago? The song has appeared in some movies from “Kill Bill: Vol. 1” (2003) to ”The Karate Kid” (2010). But the most recognized one when it was is used in “The Green Hornet” for its title theme since the first time the series was aired in 1930s as radio program. The movie is directed by former video music Director, Michel Gondry. His famous works so far is ”Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (2004). Nevertheless, I don’t know why he somehow turned into Comedy Director since “Be Kind Rewind” (2008) which is funny but standard. But the real person who is really in charge in thiz newest remake is the comedian Seth Rogen. In his vision, he tries to present a good action and hilarious moments all at once. The Green Hornet is Britt Reid, the newspaper tycoon. He is accompanied by his loyal sidekick Kato (Jay Chou). The Green Hornet declares as an outlaw, in order to gain trust and access to the underground criminal activities, but the truth is their true motive has always been fighting crimes. You can see during the entire film, Britt Reid does nothing special for his fighting crime efforts. Almost all things are done by Kato himself, from Kungfu fighting, gadget creator, driver and even coffee maker for Reid. The good thing is we still can find ourself laughing by seeing their chemistry. For me, Kato’s figure is the savior of thiz movie. Jay Chou is definitely a scene stealer. On the other hand, I still couldn’t figure out, why the top star like Cameron Diaz is willing to involve in thiz kind of movie? She is truly unnecessary. The fun part for me is to see Christoph Waltz repeats his role (after ”Inglourious Basterds” {2009}) as a cruel but funny bad guy at the same time as Chudnofsky who is prefer to be called as Blood-nofsky later. If you expect thiz movie to be a mature superheroes movie like ”The Dark Knight” (2008) or even “Iron Man” (2008), you will be disappointed. There are too much cheesy scenes like when Bloodnofsky wants The Green Hornet to be killed, instead searching all over the town for reasonable Green Hornet’s figures, they end up killing all men that wear green outfit, isn’t that ridiculous? The only way to enjoy thiz movie is don’t expect it as action movies, but expect it as a comedy movies, then you will have a fun ride. And one more thing, no matter how bad and childish thiz movie has become, but when it comes to great car like Black Beauty and other cool gadgets, anyone can be blurred with the real quality of the movie. All boys will love it! Let me summarize it for you, it’s a cartoonic pleasure! Let’s roll, Kato!

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Jonny Fendi

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