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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: The Green Hornet

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #8 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I review a film I had no intention of watching until now; The Green Hornet.

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I had originally wanted to see this film before it came out mainly because I wanted to see how the filmmakers would update this film from the  1960’s TV series. But the trailers didn’t grab my interest and I saw that the critical reception wasn’t good so I gave it a pass. But now since I’m watching superhero films this month I thought I’d finally give it a watch.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father’s large company, teams up with his late dad’s assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.”

The story in this film… Yeah, let’s just say that I don’t like it. I knew that turning The Green Hornet into a comedy was not going to be a good idea, but bloody hell this film is just a mess. It is primarily a comedy film with some superhero elements incorporated, and while I’m not against comedy in superhero films (I mean look at the good stuff we’ve gotten from Marvel Studios), but the story needs to be worth investing in and the jokes need to be funny, however neither of those things were good. The film is goofy, frustrating and has story arcs that don’t feel earned, plus the film goes on for too long. I was bored around halfway through.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Seth Rogen as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet was not good. Britt is a selfish, cocky and narrow-minded individual who even in the face of danger does know when to shut up and use rational thinking. These days I don’t hate Seth Rogen that much, however this is one of those films where the character he plays just pisses me off and in turn just fuels the fire of hatred. Jay Chou fares better as Kato, he’s not a great actor and is far from being the next Jackie Chan, but he has a nice screen presence and kicks a lot of ass so that worked for me. Cameron Diaz is fine as Lenore “Casey” Case, her character was smart and resourceful and I’m glad she wasn’t just a typical love interest for Britt. Christoph Waltz as Benjamin Chudnofsky, he was okay, but ultimately really cheesy and I couldn’t take him seriously because of the dialogue he had. Edward James Olmos (who I know now from his appearance in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) was pretty good as Mike Axford, David Harbour was a little better as District Attorney Frank Scanlon and Tom Wilkinson was fine as James Reid.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is interesting but not too good overall. This film tries to do some fancy things with the special effects to create these stylized action sequences and scene transitions and while it is a nice experimental kind of thing, overall I don’t think it added to the film and actually was more distracting and annoying then it was cool. As for the soundtrack, James Newton Howard steps in to score this film and while I usually like a lot of Howard’s material, that is not the case with this film. This score is lacklustre and totally forgettable with no spark, energy or memorable themes.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well the thing about The Green Hornet is that it has been part of many types media since the 1930’s, but move people know of the 1960’s TV show with Van Williams and Bruce Lee and clearly that’s where this film took a lot of inspiration from. In the end I haven’t read any of the comics or seen much of the old show to comment on how well its been adapted, but from what I’ve seen and researched this film only has very loose references to the old show.

So to conclude The Green Hornet is a pretty bad film, the people behind this film took a pretty cool franchise from decades ago, updated it and made it terrible. Besides some and I do mean SOME decent fight scenes and references to the old TV show, the rest of the film is incredibly silly, unfunny and is an endurance to watch. It is a such a waste because this property deserved a better modern interpretation than this.

Rating: 4.5/10

That’s 8 reviews done, only 22 more to go. So have you seen The Green Hornet and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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SIMPLE REVIEW: Selma

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another new film review and today I’ll be talking about Selma. Now considering how stingy my local cinema is when it comes to films of this nature, I thought I wouldn’t get the chance to see this, but me and friend checked it out today and now I’m ready to pass on my thoughts.

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The premise for the film is as follows:

“A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.”

Emotions, that’s what this film made me feel, pure emotions. Films that deal with the struggle of black people will always hit home (being a black guy myself) and each time I watch a film like this I feel incredible levels of pain, but also gratitude for what the black people of the past had done for us people today. The film deals with a very specific period of the civil rights movement and not only displays from the perspective of King, but his family, followers and the politicians as well. It is great to see King rise to the occasion and fight for his people, but also face impossible odds that seemed stacked up against. This film does not shy away from the brutality of history, there is violence of the verbal and physical kind, but it is the physical which is hard to watch as black people are shot, beaten and whipped in a disgusting manner and one can only imagine what it would have been like to witness this first-hand. However this needed to be shown as it does show the cruel world we used to live in. In some ways I see some parrells to the film Fruitvale Station, while both films have very different source material, there is one major similarity I found: black people getting unlawfully beaten and killed at the hands of white law enforcers with the people responsible weren’t held accountable for their crimes because of crooked legal system and racism. Anyway back to this film, I thought the story was raw, painful, beautiful and uplifting, it moved at a decent pace and hit all the right emotional beats.

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When it comes to the cast this film has a pretty substantial amount of famous faces and if you know your film and TV stars then you’ll spot a lot of famous faces. Since there are literally too many people to mention I’ll try to be brief and highlight my favourite people.

David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr., wow, what a performance. Oyelowo is an actor I’ve liked for a while now, but this is clearly his best performance to date as he transforms himself completely and delivers his lines with such passion, intensity and his physicality also makes you feel like you are watching King right there in the cinema. Tom Wilkinson was also very good as Lyndon B. Johnson, Wilkinson is one of those actors who shows up in a lot of films but here he has a more substantial role and does a very good job. Tim Roth also does a great job as George Wallace, while Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King delivered a solid performance too and then there’s Wendell Pierce from The Wire) as Hosea Williams who was lovely. I also loved seeing Ruben Santiago-Hudson (from Castle) here as Bayard Rustin, Common was also good as James Bevel, Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Fred Gray was a lovely surprise, while the appearances by Oprah Winfrey and Martin Sheen as Annie Lee Cooper and Frank Minis Johnson were small yet effective. Then there’s Giovanni Ribisi as Lee C. White, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Lorraine Toussaint as Amelia Boynton Robinson, Niecy Nash as Richie Jean Jackson and Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash who did great too.

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In conclusion Selma is a well-directed film with an incredible cast, a well-executed story and beautiful soundtrack. Though hard to watch at times, I did feel quite empowered after I left the film, I would have enjoyed the film a lot more had the projection people has fixed the sound problems that happened throughout the film! But anyway, go out and watch this film, it deserves your time and you too will see it got robbed at the Oscar nominations ages ago.

So have you seen Selma and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Grand Budapest Hotel Review

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for another new film review and this one comes in the form of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Now I’ve only watched two Wes Anderson films in the past and they were Fantastic Mr. Fox (really good) and more recently Moonrise Kingdom (brilliant), so I was really intrigued to see what this man was gonna do next and when I saw the trailers I thought it looked amazing. So after watching it today how do I think the film fared? Well read on and find out.

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Story:

“GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting and the battle for an enormous family fortune — all against the back-drop of a suddenly and dramatically changing Continent.”

The tale of this film is pretty interesting as it takes a non-liner approach and jumps between the present and the past where the primary meat of the film takes place. The themes in this film involves friendship, trust, love and vengeance among other things, it is all very entertaining, humourous and bizarre but never does it feel uninteresting thanks to some good pacing and energetic nature. The film doesn’t quite reach the emotional or funny levels of Moonrise Kingdom, but it really is good.

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When it comes to the cast the film is just filled to the maximum with talent left right and center and while not everyone gets a great deal of screen time, it is just nice to see their faces.

Ralph Fiennes as M. Gustave H. is simply brilliant, he brings his natural charisma, charm and a lot of passion to the roll. Gustave H. has very high standards and expects nothing less of perfection, Fiennes is a man who can do no wrong in my eyes. Tony Revolori is great as Zero Moustafa, I really liked his moments of humour and he seemed to handle his scenes really well considering the more expressed cast around him. Adrien Brody as Dmitri is great, it is not that often when Brody takes on a more villainous role, but he looks amazing and has some really funny moments. Willem Dafoe has to be my favourite character as J.G. Jopling, the dude constantly looks moody and dodgy as hell, is so questionable and dangerous and I love Dafoe’s expression throughout the film. Jeff Goldblum is a nother great actor as Deputy Kovacs, I love the way this man spoke, he was smart, sophisticated, calm and innocent, but because it was Goldblum it is awesome.

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Saoirse Ronan is charming and pretty as Agatha and Tilda Swinton is just unrecognizable as Madame D., her dialogue Mathieu Amalric is good as Serge X., he was pretty good but I couldn’t remember his face for the life of me until I checked him out on IMDB and saw that he was that funny villain from Quantum of Solace. Jason Schwartzman continues to be really interesting as M. Jean, the guy is very lazy, but also very funny and it just the little things like his mannerisms that make me smile. Bill Murray as M. Ivan I was hoping to see a lot more of but he was still pretty cool. Other people that were good were Jude Law as Young Writer, F. Murray Abraham as Mr. Moustafa, Edward Norton as Inspector Henckels, Léa Seydoux as Clotilde, Owen Wilson as M. Chuck and Bob Balaban as M. Martin.

As for the presentation it is very good on both the visual and audio front. Visually just like Anderson’s other films it is one of the film’s best aspects. There is some interesting, dynamic and unconventional camera shots and sequences used with very close camera shots, tracking shots and the use of green screen and CGI that make the film so much more fictional than real, but strangely it still works. At points watching this film was like watching a live action version of Looney Tunes which was totally hilarious and nostalgic. The soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat is another highlight of the film as it fits with the random nature of the film having various songs for different scenarios.

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In conclusion The Grand Budapest Hotel is very good film full of charm, wit and touching moments sprinkled all over. While this isn’t my favourite Wes Anderson film, I definitely had a good time with it and I can easily recommend it because it is one of best films of the year so far.

Rating: 8/10

So what did you think of The Grand Budapest Hotel? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo. 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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