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    February 26, 2011

    MOVIE REVIEW: THE GREEN HORNET, ALL'S WELL END'S WELL 2011

    THE GREEN HORNET (PG13)

    Genre: Action/Adventure
    Release Date: 27 January 2011 (3D), 02 February 2011 (normal)
    Distributor: Sony Pictures
    Director: Michel Gondry
    Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz
    Plot: Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles' largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid's shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britts new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.

    Short Reviews: The Green Hornet was a hit in the 60s but what does the new modern-setting of the newspapers-mogul-turns-vigilante has to offer to the new generation? Not so much but only when you taking into an account of the works that director Michel Gondry has, he managed to take this movie into a simpler and devoid of real passion direction. Gondry gained some respect with his 2004's romantic fantasy Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but his return this time with yet another instructive and exploratory production is completely an opposite for the kind of outcome we expected from him. I called it a lazy, confusing, sporadically funny and sloppy. The plot about the masked vigilante and his fast-chomper sidekick has been toned down so much to offer simple storyline but still offers inconsistency and lack of real deal. so to say, there isn't much of those fond memories we can expect for. However, I have to admit it - the fun factor is always been there and not to forget that there are plenty of over-exaggerated action scenes and overly-clouded explosions! It is pretty fun to see the kind of love and hate relationship that both Seth Rogen and Jay Chou have to offer but it comes too annoying when Rogen's character Britt Reid seems wants to push things too much and Jay Chou's Kato is nothing but a woody (unsurprisingly yet again). The combination of both actors is still not convincing. Int he end of the day, The Green Hornet is pretty much devoid of a proper focus, inconsistent, feels irrelevant, lazy and sloppy action movie.

    THE RATING:
    Story: 2.5
    Casts: 2.5
    Cinematography: 3.5
    Effects: 3.5
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 10.8/20.0
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    ALL'S WELL END'S WELL (U)

    Genre: Comedy
    Release Date: 03 February 2011
    Distributor: Five Star, RAM Entertainment
    Director: Raymond Wong
    Starring: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Carina Lau, Chapman To, Raymond Wong, Cecilia Cheung
    Plot: In the latest instalment of "All's Well Ends Well", Cecilia Cheung acts as a worker in a cosmetic company, who is loved by her boss, played by Louis Koo. And at the same time, a rich man played by Chapman To also falls in love with her. Many hilarious situations happen between the three of them. Meanwhile, Donnie Yen takes up the role of a cosmetics sales clerk who is romantically linked with model Carina Lau Ka Ling's character. Donnie is reported not to have any fight scenes in this movie.

    Short Reviews: If you think this is not weird enough, try putting our macho man Donnie Yen as a cosmetic sales clerk who has all kind of chemistry and art of persuasion for rich wives to buy cosmetics from him. if that's not enough, put another macho man Louis Koo as a sissy-by-forced to enhance his career in the cosmetic industry. That's pretty much sums up some of the unexpected highlight from the movie, with all-at-all been a decent humor and another familiar premise to begin with. Thankfully, the sixth installment of the ever popular series comes with a crystal clear subject matter that intensely borrows from other sources. watch this and you may be served with some hilarious but awkward scenes that resemble those in Ip Man and Inception. Besides the weirdness, the movie works in general to appease the mood for pure entertainment during Chinese New Year. Just enjoy it and you may get yourself out of the weirdness!

    THE RATING:
    Story: 2.5
    Casts: 3.5
    Cinematography: 3.0
    Effects: 3.0
    GREEN-TEA-O-METER: 11.8/20.0
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