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Wick-Quoting #43: The Hangover Part II

“Well, used to be just baloney, but now they make you add number.”


Why does Hollywood continue to make bad movies?  Not only is it because Hollywood lacks original content, but it is also because people (like you and me) pay to watch the same kinds of films in order to get the same feeling as we did last time.  The Hangover Part II is one of those movies we pay to see because we know what we will get out of it.  The Hangover Part II is pretty much the same as the first movie – the exact same “wolf pack” in stupid situations.  Only this time, the story lacks basic fundamentals of being believable and humorous.

They're back...

Zack Galianakis, Ed Helms, and Bradley Cooper are again the main stars who go through an unfortunate series of events.  You would think that after what happened last time, the gang would be more cautious of Zack Galianakis’ character, Alan, but no.  They fall for the same trick, get drugged, and do some crazy shit.  You would think that the other characters would steer clear of Alan – he is unreasonable, immature, and unpredictable.  In the first movie, Zack Galianakis is hilarious.  In Due Date, his similar persona is still very entertaining to watch.  Now, in The Hangover Part II, Galianakis’ character is difficult to put up with.  His stupidity made me cringe many times throughout the screening.

Another song

And I know making fun of minorities is a fundamental part in mainstream American comedy.  It is in stand up, movies, television shows, etc.  But I find the making-fun-of-minorities in The Hangover Part II to be overdone and slightly offensive.  From Ken Jeong’s naked fury (yes it happens again) to the awkward Asian college kid, the film plays off on the demasculinity of Asian males that Hollywood has constructed ever since its birth.  Why must the movie have the Asian college kid carrying a stupid grin on his face despite the fact that he lost a finger?  Why must Jeong carry an accent and appear naked all the time?  Why must there be nude transvestites walking around on screen?  Why must Ed Helms’ character marry a hot Asian girl (Jamie Chung) and why must she agree to marry him despite his devilish demeanor?  And most importantly, why must the father be so easily persuaded by Stu’s gibberish and all of a sudden accept Stu as his son-in-law?  Yeah, I got a tattoo on my face, and yeah, your son lost a finger while under my supervision, but fuck, I am going to marry your daughter and you are going to like it!  Oh, yes sir…

Look out, Asian driving

Despite the racially, negative connotations, the film is still funny at parts, but not throughout.  However, I must be missing the joke that everyone else sees, because the movie has made over $350 million already from a budget of only $80 million.  If you want to watch a good comedy, forget The Hangover Part II – just watch the original.  Sure, Part II is mainstream and all, but it has all been done in the prequel – replace the baby with a monkey and Las Vegas with Bangkok and voila, you got yourself a Hollywood film.


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Wick-Quoting #40: Rango

“I tip my hat to you… One legend to another.”


Well, the trailer for the film delivered a bunch of heard-em-before oneliners and an iffy concept – an chameleon named Rango fools his way into becoming a town sheriff and then is faced with numerous comedic hardships upon realizing that being the sheriff actually comes with some dangerous work.  But since Johnny Depp is voicing Rango, I naturally assumed that there must be some kind of off-kilter, whimsical factor to the movie as well.  I mean, Johnny Depp!  The man doesn’t just do normal animated movies like that!

How goofy!

And, long story short, he really doesn’t.  Rango is basically a film about what I just briefly explained.  Except that there is a handful of strangeness – a mystery afoot involving water, Rango’s silly and light headed qualities that remind one of Jack Sparrow’s own method of don’t act serious and don’t get taken seriously, then find yourself in trouble later on yeah sure but bust your way out of it in a cool manner, and well… some other strange things that you can see for yourself.  The other characters as well as the villains and the fight scenes also deliver a taste of originality that proove to be funny and fairly exciting.  Not to mention the over-arching mystery of the plot – that one got to me, and it delivers an environmental message in a pretty interesting way.  Although those who don’t really know the background of what Rango is trying to tell audiences may not get the full impact of the message, as a Society and Environment major I appreciated what the filmmakers were trying to show young audiences.  And it is certainly nothing for older audiences to scoff at either – I don’t want to preach here, so lets just say, water is important and SCARCE folks.  Yes, in our real world too, not just the world of Rango.

Especially in a desert!

Now, if there are any problems with the film that I felt myself and gathered from friends who also saw the film, it is that as an animated movie – it is a bit difficult to concisely explain, but – I suppose there isn’t a lot of magic to it per say.  Rango is actually a pretty factual film despite the whimsy of a lot of what happens and the characters, and there is no rosy and teary moment of revelation and comraderie or whatever as audiences might expect from watching pretty much the only reliable House-of-Good-Animated-Movies these days, Pixar.  And there aren’t as many friendly laughs and oneliners for kids and feel goodness as a Dreamworks movie like Shrek or Kung Fu PandaRango doesn’t really do feelgood and has a more abstract comedic feel, but I did still appreciate it.  Although its appeal seems to be somewhat hit or miss, I’d recommend giving Rango a try.  I think the filmmakers did try to make a film that stands out a bit from the bumpercrop of other animated films out there, and they have succeeded.  Now it’s up to audiences to accept the film or not.

Rattlesnake Jake is a pretty cool character


Quoted by Sawazz

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Wick-Quoting #31: The Green Hornet (2011)

“Let’s roll, Kato!”


The Green Hornet is a pretty surprising movie for a variety of reasons, all in unexpectedly enjoyable ways.  To begin with, I had never heard of The Green Hornet before hearing of this film.  The Green Lantern, sure, but… Hornet?  New to me.  Here’s another surprising tidbit of news: prominent Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou (Kato) co-stars in this film alongside Seth Rogen (Britt Reid).  And he does a great job.  To those of you unversed in Asian pop music, Jay Chou is one of Asia’s biggest names.  He has a long and very accomplished career backing him up, and although I honestly do not know if any acting is on his resume, that doesn’t really matter because Jay Chou does a fine job with a great character.  By the way, yes, his English is perfectly understandable, and I do also have to add that he looks great in a suit.  (Don’t worry, that has no effect upon the objectivity of this review.)

An interesting choice of actors

The Green Hornet takes a few superhero related ideas that have been done before, i.e. powerless normal human being decides he wants to try his hand at being a hero, and rich kid with a lot of money and thus powerful technology uses all this to fight the bad guys.  However, The Green Hornet takes those ideas and gives them a very comedic and light hearted spin.  One liners are all over the place in this film and for the most part they’re very funny.  The villain, Chudnovsky (otherwise known as BLOODnovsky!), is played by Christopher Waltz, villain of Quentin Tarantino’s film Inglorious Basterds, and after hearing that fact you should already know that yes, the villain is awesome.  A hilarious badass with image issues and a double barrel gun – Waltz’s charm and unique touch as a villain is all over this character and the film definitely would not be what it is without him.  Additionally, even Cameron Diaz as the somewhat unconventional love interest does a great job.  Overall, this film bucks the traditions followed by most superhero movies with awesome results.

An interesting gun

Just to sum up, if any of you reading this couldn’t tell by now I really enjoyed the movie.  It greatly surpassed my expectations and although it is by no means perfect – for example, there are a few scenes between Britt and Kato that drag a bit despite the comedic sparks between the pair, and which might be spoiler-ish to disclose here – I highly recommend it.  For those of you interested in the roles of Asians in mainstream Hollywood (aka those of you who probably shunned The Last Airbender), I am sure you’ll find a lot to applaud in The Green Hornet as the thoroughly-Asian Kato gets a lot of great scenes and lines that rival those of the film’s star Britt Reid himself.  Overall, go give The Green Hornet a chance, and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.

An interesting scene


Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 7.7

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