Double Review Time!!!!
Well, I had a day off, which means that I had a lot of free time today. As all of you know, that means two things: playing video games and watching movies. These things I did today.
God Of War 3
I have finally made it to the end of Kratos’ long journey to kill the king of the gods, and destroy anyone else in his path. God Of War 3 is the final(?) installment in the popular Playstation 3 franchise, and is the best yet. The graphics are simply stunning, and the changes made to the classic control scheme are not just superficial ones. They actually make some great combat choices for the player.
The game opens with Kratos leading the Titans to Mount Olympus, and once the epic first level begins, the action never lets up. After defeating Poseidon, Kratos learns that he must reach the flame of Olympus before he can confront Zeus again and destroy him. This journey brings him to the Underworld, the labyrinth, and the temple of Aphrodite. Along the way Kratos battles even more mythical beasts and heroes, and by the end you feel so powerful that you may even want to try your hand at taking on a cerebus or two(I wouldn’t recommend it though).
Like the previous installments, GoW 3 is NOT for the faint of heart. In fact, the gore in this game is possibly even more intense than in the previous games. A lot of this can be attributed to the sheer power that the Playstation 3 has. Another interesting aspect of the game is the change in magic abilities. This time, magic attacks are linked with different weapons. In order to use that magic attack, you must first switch to the appropriate weapon that it is associated with. Luckily the different weapons are useful, and not just pale imitations of Kratos’ signature blades.
God Of War 3, like the previous two titles before it, is a must have game that brings the tale of Kratos to a satisfying end. Playstation 3 owners who haven’t played it yet are really missing out, and the game earns its place as one of the few gaming masterpieces.
Green Hornet (2011)
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz
Directed By: Michel Gondry
As someone who used to watch the original Green Hornet reruns with my dad as a kid, when I first heard about a Green Hornet movie starring Seth Green, I was pretty skeptical. In fact, I was pretty much against the entire thing. However, once I started hearing about the fantastic advance screenings (and the hilarious “Gangsta’s Paradise” TV spots) I started to come around. And I’m glad I did, as Green Hornet was one of the best times I’ve had watching a movie in theaters this year so far.
In a departure from the “classic” Green Hornet lore, Seth Rogen stars as Britt Reid, now re-imagined as a slacker trust fund kid who’s dad is the owner of the Daily Sentinel, one of the last newspapers that isn’t run by a major conglomerate. After his dad is found dead (possibly murdered?), Reid meets up with Kato, his father’s former mechanic, and after a night of drinking, they go out to “do something crazy”. After accidentally saving a couple from being mugged, Reid decides to start fighting crime, not because he wants to help people, but because it would probably piss off his dad. As Kato develops the car, the guns, Britt gets his paper to play up the Green Hornet’s adventures, while Christoph Waltz’ villainous mob boss tries to take over the LA criminal underworld.
One of the best aspects of Green Hornet is that it not only plays up the fact that the Green Hornet allows the press to think he’s a villain, but it also brings up the (hilarious) fact that by and large, Kato does ALL of the fighting. What adds to this is that Jay Chou is one of the best things about this movie, despite the fact that his English isn’t that great. His chemistry with Rogen is hilarious, and his fight scenes are stunning. Director Michel Gondry has definitely shown that he can shoot a fight scene, and I’m really excited to see what he does next.
While Green Hornet may not have the credibility that Batman and Spider-man have, I think it actually helps the comedic tone of this movie. Many of the jokes really hit, and the action scenes are really well done. I wasn’t expecting much from this flick, but I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie. If Kick-Ass and Pineapple Express a baby, it would be Green Hornet.
4 Katos out of 5