Friday, January 14, 2011


Superhero adventure

Christoph Waltz: Russian mobster Benjamin Chudnofsky
Seth Rogen: 28-year-old playboy Britt Reid
Tom Wilkinson: his wealthy father James, Editor-In-Chief of "The Daily Sentinel"
Jay Chou: Kato, one of the household staff
Cameron Diaz: 36-year-old journalist Lenore Case
David Harbour: Los Angeles District Attorney Frank Scalon

Not wanting to be disappointed I lower my expectations for this type of movie. I should have lowered my sights even further as this one is a “stinker”.

Although it tries hard to be funny, it is not. Mostly because Rogen a comedian, he is not. Instead he’s a pompous egomaniac that most people will find impossible to love. As a superhero, he is not.

This good-guy, bad-guy battle is presented as a series of kerfuffles to show off all the exotic firearms and clever car modifications. There are lots and lots of car chases culminating in one gigantic destruction sequence that’s probably the best part of the whole thing. Trouble is, you have to sit through an hour and a half to get to the good part. Hardly worth the effort.

for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content.

• Kato says he was born in Shanghai to which Britt adds something to the effect “I always loved Japan”. Even though this is written to show that Britt is a bit of a clod being totally unaware of China’s most populous city, I have no pride so I’ll count it as a nitpick!
• In the first car chase the police car bangs Britt’s side of his car and the headlight goes out. Moments later the police car flips up and over but with the headlight fully functional.
• Lenore lays her purse down beside her when she sits down on the couch. Without touching it in the next shot it is upright and neatly tucked in behind her.
• Britt and Kato hit a beachball which follows them as they plunge into the pool. But then it disappears never to be seen again.
• While talking to Britt at the back door of her house, Lenore’s hair changes position practically every scene although she never once touches it.

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