500 Days of Summer......
Gaaahhhhhh!!! What a ****ing BITCH!!! Did the person who wrote the story channel Won Kar Wai or something because this type of relationship bull**** reeks of him.
I love Zoe, but I really wanted to kick her in the face.
Hmmm. Torn on this one. First off, I am so late to the party on this, I know.
Part of me wants to dig on this for the old Hammer-like vibe that this manages, the good performance by the lead, Tom 'I do creepy well' Noonan...
But I have to be honest. Sure this movie has creepy tension that works pretty good, but at 96 minutes long it DRAGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGS. First off, it's so ****ing obvious. Secondly, I think Ti West thought that taking a barebones(and hacky) idea and stretching the **** out of it in the interest of generating tension was a great idea. And he figured, 'hey, I can stunt cast with genre vets and pull off a Houdini like miracle'. See, there is real tension here...at first. Then, as you keep looking at how much time is left the tension becomes, 'will I pull a Boobytrap and FFWD like a madman(woman). And they wrap it up with an anti-climactic climax and very little in the way of explanation. Normally I wouldn't be so harsh on an indy horror flick that really ain't that bad...but the genre classic status that has been bestowed on this is a case of OVER-RATED!!!!!!!!
Watched this last night:
I remember reading about how dark this movie was when it came out, and, man, that was pretty accurate. Unfortunately, I didn't find it anywhere near as funny.
It wasn't a bad movie, it had some funny parts and I really liked the turn it took, but... ehh. It was ok.
Let me get this out of the way. I DESPISED this movie. So much so that I actually jotted down notes while I was watching it because I want to alert you guys just how dreadful this movie is.
First off...this is not an action movie. Nor is it a comedy. It fails on both counts. Horribly. It basically lurches from scene to scene with jerky abandon and no self awareness. Seth Rogen lost a lot of weight for this part and all for nothing. Apparently he felt he had to 'act', the problem is that his character is written as a one-note douche who you would strangle in real life. Seth Rogen's best attribute has been his slobby charm...which is completely absent here. Jay Chou is likeable, but if Dr Naysay found the guy in Thor(from the warrior's 3) distracting, then HE NEEDS TO STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS. Chou's broken engrish is grating. Cameron Diaz...well, who cares? They sure didn't. She has no reason to exist in this movie. Edward James Olmos/Tom Wilkinson...ditto. As a matter of fact Wilkinson plays his father(who dies and motivates him to be a hero), dies offscreen and the scene feels like a reel was missing. No drama/tension here at all. A major plot point is that Britt Reid is trying to generate buzz for the Green Hornet by constantly featuring them on the front page of his father's newspaper, but a sleep gun that Kato makes accidently puts him in a 11 day coma. Well, wouldn't any buzz dissapate when he disappears for 11 days? NO thought was put into this. NONE.
One semi funny moment(which I just may have misheard) I am pretty sure Kato said 'RYUKEN'(like in Street Fighter) during one of his fights. Another good thing is that, even though, like everyone else, he is given nothing to work with, Christophe Waltz is the only one to emerge with any dignity in tact. Maybe the 3d would have been a distraction in the theater, I somehow doubt it.
Y'know Cop Out was singularly chosen as the worst movie of last year but that movie was Academy Award quality compared to this pile of crap. This movie actually made me angry.
Last edited by jerseydevil; June 10th, 2011 at 05:15 PM.
Wow JD, you are starting to sound like me. 'Cept you need to use the word "****" every other word.
**** that movie and **** that guy.
I wasn't distracted by accent... I was distracted because people had already raised the issue of the multi-ethnic cast and because those characters were supposed to have lived with one another for thousands upon thousands of years and yet one of them clearly uses "English" as a distant second language. I imagine they cast him to appeal to foreign audiences (as demonstrated by the foreign previews that feature nothing but his lines) and the fact that I'm aware of those kinds of decisions and can see how they negatively impact my viewing of the movie is very distracting. I'm sorry that I can't turn off the part of my brain that thinks about that kind of thing while I watch a mindless popcorn movie.