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The Green Hornet (2011)


Wished it just kicked more ass.

Seth Rogen plays Britt Reid, the son of the owner of one of LAs major newspapers The Daily Sentinel. After his father’s death he inherits his newspaper and meets his mechanic Kato (Jay Chou) , who is not only his mechanic but also developed weapons for Reid Sr. They then decide to take on LA’s criminal underworld by posing as bad guys while Britt using the moniker The Green Hornet. But the city’s biggest and only crime boss Chudnovski (Christoph Waltz) doesn’t like people assaulting his criminal dominance.

The Green Hornet is a film that has been moved around many times, and even though that would be a bad sign right away for some projects, this one was different. Although, not all that different really.

The film is directed by Michel Gondry who is most known for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Be Kind Rewind, and many crazy-cool music videos. This seemed like an odd film for him since it’s kind of different from what he’s used to, and to be honest I don’t think he really does much here although he tries too. I must say that he does a good job here of showing off some really cool action sequences that actually add a lot to the film. Gondry makes the scenes look cool, even though they seem rather pointless, but that distinctive flair he has it what makes it a tad better than other action sequences. I didn’t see this in 3D but I can see why they chose Gondry, cause it looked really cool in 2D, I can only image how cooler it would have looked if it went that one dimension.

However, the script is where the problem lies here. The comedy wasn’t as funny as I was expecting, because it is very inconsistent. Sometimes I found a joke that I chuckled at, other times I found myself feeling very awkward because a joke or one-liner just wouldn’t stick well, and all I could do was sit there and squirm at it. I rarely ever found myself bursting out in laughter, and that’s what disappointed me cause this film looked like it had plenty potential to be hilarious. It also had plenty times to be something new and inventive, instead it just went for the regular super-hero film route, that we have all seen time and time again. By that last act, you almost feel as if there’s too many things going on, and it just gets so wrapped up in itself.

I usually can stand Seth Rogen‘s bumbling, nerd shtick, but here he was just way too unlikable. Britt Reid is this spoiled brat, who doesn’t get all the attention that he wants, so he does mean things, and although Rogen has this signature likability to him that usually works with any character, here he just was such a dick that I couldn’t stand him after awhile. Jay Chou does a pretty good job here although he has that problem that Ken Watanabe had in Inception, and that’s we can’t quite understand what he is saying. He’s adorable (no homo), and looks like he’s got the stunt skills to actually pull all of these moves off, but it’s hard to fall in love with this character when you don’t know what is comedy, and what is not, because he isn’t all that understandable. Christoph Waltz was perfect in Inglorious Basterds playing a villain, and here he’s not so bad playing a less-than noticeable role as a villain. I liked how Waltz played Chudnovski, this hot-tempered yet insecure kingpin and gives him this goofiness that has us not take him as seriously, and I think that works because the film doesn’t really take him seriously also. Cameron Diaz’s character, Lenore, was a character that I think they could have left out, but with her scenes, you can tell she’s trying her hardest and does alright. And who cannot forget cameos from James Franco and Edward Furlong, who plays a meth addict, and actually looks like he’s been trying some as well.

Consensus: The Green Hornet has moments of fun, with good comedy and stylish action, but the script lets down this cast, and promised us a new take on the superhero genre, even though it turns out to be the same as they all are, and you can’t help thinking this could have been so much better given the talent involved.

5.5/10=Rental!!

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14 responses to “The Green Hornet (2011)

  1. 2dreviews February 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Yes, we felt very much the same. But I didn’t really like Waltz as much. He was an interesting take about an insecure villain, but he comes off as very insecure, wishy washy even. I didn’t understand his intentions

  2. Amy February 28, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    We seem to have very different views on Rogen. LOL I really can’t stand him outside his stint in Freaks and Geeks, and I find him hard to root for him in other of the other films he’s done.

    In here, however, he’s so unlikeable that I have no issues with hating on him. Laugh at him every time he failed and try to appear “cool” but not really. Being the writer and producer, Rogen could’ve pulled off that “I want to be a cool superhero” crap and try to make himself look good, he chose to have not everything go his way.

  3. pgcooper1939 February 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Pretty much agree on this. I think I liked it a little more, but you’re definitely not wrong in any of your criticisms.

  4. Fitz March 1, 2011 at 12:27 am

    Bad idea for a film anyway. Did anyone care about the original Green Hornet?

  5. N.Burns March 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    This film is getting back handed for being a genre piece. It’s true that there really isn’t depth in this film but this has three things that most genre pieces don’t. First is style and unique film techniques that mainstream films lack. Secondly, the script is relatively good (relatively is a key word). I don’t think Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg actually thought people would watch the movie for intellectual reasons or for the sake of realism. Take out the bias towards this film and watch it for what it is, a comdey-superhero movie, and for a superhero movie this film uses a lot of really good classic storytelling devices that made the movie better than others. Finally, this film has a cast that really delivers appropriately. This isn’t an Oscar hunter (obviously since it came out in January) it’s a piece of quality entertainment that doesn’t fish in the wrong pond.

  6. CMrok93 March 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    It has its fun moments, but they were rare, and I know with the talent involved here, it could have been so so much better really.

  7. Joe Wilhelm March 12, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    It was hard for me to get past Rogan’s acting here. I prefer him as a supporting role than a staring role. For me his act got stale real quick and now can tolerate him in small does.

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