seth rogen

50/50

by mr sparkle on September 30, 2011 · 0 comments

in Film,Media Rack

If you’ve followed any of the press for 50/50, you know two things:

– This is a funny movie about Cancer.
– There haven’t really been funny movies about Cancer before.

These are both true. But they might imply that this is a black comedy, or at least an unconventional one. But this last point could not be further from the truth – for all its thematic uniqueness, 50/50 is about as straight-laced a movie as it can be. With an even temper consistant in the tamest kind of Dramedies you find in a cineplex, this is a movie that breaks zero taboos. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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Director Michel Gondry and star/co-writer Seth Rogen set out to do their version of the Green Hornet. They’ve succeeded. This is unlike any Green Hornet I’ve seen, and probably as far removed from my idea of who these characters are as could be done and still title the film The Green Hornet. In fact, the main character is so unrecognizable you have to wonder why even use the Green Hornet characters instead of simply making an original film.

The Green Hornet debuted on radio in the 1930’s alongside other popular programs such as The Lone Ranger and The Shadow. Since then the character has bounced around comics, low budget movie serials, and, most notably, the 60’s television show starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee.

Seth Rogen’s dumbed-down concept of the character has a few key differences to what’s come before. Britt Reid (Rogen) is no longer the brilliant media mogul taking on the underworld. In Rogen’s version he’s a spoiled rich kid who has squandered his life and is faced with the insurmountable task of taking on his father’s (Tom Wilkinson) newspaper after his death. The whole fighting crime thing is more a drunken brainstorm than any sense of responsibility or wish for justice.

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