The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet

What she said:


So, I knew nothing of The Green Hornet prior to seeing this film.  I thought he was some sort of generic superhero, like Captain Planet.  I guess maybe he actually is.  Anyway, apparently there’s an incarnation of this movie from 1974 with Bruce Lee.  I’ve never seen it, but I thought it was worth mentioning.  This The Green Hornet stars a no-brainer casting choice for the superhero, Seth Rogen.  Yes, I’m being sarcastic.  I guess that’s why I didn’t really want to see this movie.  When I think superhero, I imagine a buff Christian Bale, not chubby Seth Rogan.  But we all have to remember another comedic actor who made the transition…Michael Keaton. 

Ok, so to get to the review.  Rotten Tomatoes has The Green Hornet ranked as a stinker, 44 percent.  Youch.  I didn’t really think it was that bad.  I certainly didn’t know what to expect—I was confused as to whether this would be an action movie or an out and out comedy.  It’s a little bit of both.  It has that Seth Rogen “Heh Heh Heh” comedy, particularly in the beginning, and then it transitions into more of an action flick.  Jay Chou, who plays Kato, Britt Reid’s (the main character’s) sidekick, is rockin’.  I wish I had my own Kato.  I would totally carry him in my purse and then unleash him from time to time to kick butt for me.  Not only does Kato have crazy ninja skills, but he also can pimp out cars and makes a mean cup of coffee.  SWEET.

Rogen is stupidly likable as the bratty main character.  He’s sort of a loser playboy with lots of money and major daddy issues.  And he’s pretty dopey.  Cameron Diaz plays Lenore Case, an assistant that Britt hires to help at his family’s newspaper.  She’s a bit, bleh.  She’s ok, but it’s hard to believe she’s as bright as they put on.  I do like how they make an age-related joke at her expense.  Every good superhero has a villain, and this one, Chudnofsky, is played by Christoph Waltz.  I had a bit of a problem with his accent from time to time, but he was pretty funny.  

Overall, the film has some good laughs.  There are parts near the middle where things get a bit meddled and slow.  But the action kicks in at the end and carries the movie through to the finish.  I thought it was better than critics let on.  Certainly not the bet superhero movie ever, but I found the comedic angle a bit refreshing (sort of like Thor).  Oh yeah, and Brit and Kato drive an AWESOME car.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.

What he said:


I know there are a lot of bad movies out there. I also know that we live in an era of sequels, remakes, reboots, and movies that are inspired by comics, cartoons, or even toys. That would seem to indicate Hollywood has either completely run out of original ideas or is simply too lazy to come up with any.

I get all of that. But there is an overwhelming amount of negativity out there about movies anymore. Nothing is ever any good for people anymore. I think The Green Hornet was a victim of that trend.

First of all, I think some people are forgetting this movie is based on a character that has its origins in radio, comic books, and a very hokey TV show (think Adam West’s version of Batman).

More importantly, this version of the story is intentionally meant to be funny. Unlike past versions, the action and adventure is supposed to be secondary to the comedy. Anyone focusing too much on acting or storyline completely missed the point. Do you know that I read one review that said Seth Rogen was “miscast”? No shit Sherlock, what were you expecting, a legit action film? This is a new era action film, meaning the comedy comes first. Think of the remake of The A-Team or Red if you are having trouble figuring out what I mean.

Anyways, the movie is about a spoiled rich guy (Seth Rogen) who’s the son of a wealthy newspaper editor. He does nothing but party, despite the fact he should probably have a job – even if it’s one given to him by his father – at this point in his life.

When his father (Tom Wilkinson) dies, Britt (Rogen) decides to do something wit his life and become a masked vigilante. He recruits the help of his father’s mechanic Kato, who also happens to be a master martial artist.

The Green Hornet and Kato start small, but soon work their way up the latter and eventually find themselves pitted against super criminal Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).

Despite the fact critics really laid into it, I thought it was pretty funny. When we rented this movie, I wanted to laugh. It made me laugh, so I was happy with it. 

Rating: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on June 9, 2011.