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The Green Hornet

M and I went to see The Green Hornet this afternoon, and let me say this about that: I am in love with Jay Chou, who plays Kato in this movie. He's brilliant at his part and dead sexy (no offense meant to Seth Rogan, but even with all the lost weight, he's still not dead sexy. Jay Chou, on the other hand, is). Of course, a quick Google session assures me that I'm telling you something that a very large number of people already know - you see, Jay Chou is also a huge pop star in Asia. From Taiwan, he's known all over China, where he's made movies and music videos and modeled and more.

Seth Rogan co-wrote and co-produced this movie, and I hand him massive props for not shying away from writing a role for himself in which he essentially comes across as a dick for much of the film. I would think that the temptation might be to tame that down, if one is writing a role for oneself, yet Rogan doesn't. He just puts it all out there, unattractive though it might be, and it is that sort of commitment to a role that makes me a happy filmgoer.

The gadgets are awesome (the Batmobile has nothing on the car in this movie), and Kato's insistence on being a partner and not merely a sidekick is awesome. There is a brief tribute to Bruce Lee, the original Kato, within the film itself, as he is seen in one of his movie roles on TV.

The film opens with James Franco, a small-time meth-dealer, standing up to Christoph Waltz, the crime boss in L.A., and it's all completely awesome. Incredibly violent, as well, so anyone thinking of taking small children might want to think again, is what I'm saying. And there's language. And violence.

But oh, the gadgets. And the chemistry between Rogan and Chou is awesome. And the chemistry between Cameron Diaz (as Lenore, a savvy secretary) and Chou isn't bad either. So many great lines. So many great stunts. Such great costuming (no tights or capes, either). And, of course, Jay Chou:




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beckylevine
Jan. 18th, 2011 12:16 am (UTC)
Well, we were going anyway (we pretty much don't miss a superhero movie around here, altho the Batman films are too dark & creepy for me), but now...you just bumped this up a notch on my list!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
You will probably love it.
robinellen
Jan. 18th, 2011 12:21 am (UTC)
Well, I'm sold...though, how graphic is the violence? (I can handle basic blood, but gore, um, not so much.)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Really not much in the way of blood and gore, but lots of shooting and kicking and punching and such.
bogwitch64
Jan. 18th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
If the snow doesn't get us, I'm going tomorrow!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2011 04:23 am (UTC)
I sure hope that the snow doesn't get you, so you can go enjoy the sassy attitude, gadgetry, etc. that is The Green Hornet.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 18th, 2011 10:29 am (UTC)
tanita says:
OH, my word. Jay Chou...

I love the original Green Hornet, as hokey and cheesy and racist as it is - it amuses me in that horrible 60's television way - but I dunno about any NEW ones...

But Jay Chou...
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says:
Jay Chou was brilliant. And he insisted on being treated as a partner, not a sidekick, which was all completely awesome. And then, he played the piano (which I thought might be crap, but then it turns out he plays extraordinarily well, so I now believe it was for real).
mostly_irish
Jan. 18th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC)
My husband will be so delighted. He really wants to see this, cause as a kid he liked the Green Hornet. I was all. "Mah and blah, Green Hornet/Green Lantern, WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?"

But oh. There is Jay Chou eye candy? I am in. ;)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
Jay Chou eye candy FTW! Plus, his character is super-cool. And well-dressed. And he has ALL THE MOVES.
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 18th, 2011 10:55 pm (UTC)
I can't wait to see it :) Did you see the mythbusters they did on the Green Hornet? Pretty cool.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2011 11:22 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen an episode of Mythbusters in ages, I'm afraid, but that one sounds good!
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 18th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
It was pretty entertaining. The Guy who was one of the MC's and directed was on it too. (Sorry can't remember name right now)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 18th, 2011 11:35 pm (UTC)
Seth Rogan perhaps? He wrote & produced it and starred as the Green Hornet - may have directed as well?
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 18th, 2011 11:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Seth Rogan... sorry was being lazy and didn't look it up. Working too. He's on the MythBusters show also :) Pretty entertaining...
d_michiko_f
Jan. 18th, 2011 11:56 pm (UTC)
Bob and I saw THE GREEN HORNET on Sunday and thoroughly enjoyed it! What a fun and funny movie - we both were completely lost it in. And thanks for that tidbit on Jay Chou's popularity in Taiwan - that explains the very large contingent of Chinese in the audience. ;)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 19th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
Ha! Check out this video of him from Jimmy Kimmel. (I've also seen his name spelled Zhou Jie, btw.)

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