Ah The Green Hornet, the lesser known superhero, is not one you’d consider a classic, but in certain circles he is very respected as a character and entertainer. The movie adaptation of The Green Hornet has been in the works since the 1990s and now that it’s hit the screens it still seems like an outsider. It didn’t do great or really bad in the box office, the reviews were ok but not brilliant and the story’s fine, but not incredible. It still works though and is a solid, entertaining action-comedy that can be enjoyed if not too seriously taken.
In it’s genre, The Green Hornet is a a very mediocre film if you look at it objectively, there’s nothing that really stands out as a special or an extraordinary quality, but for a few reasons it’s elevated into an enjoyable movie experience.
One of those reasons is Kato (played by Jay Chou). A dead billionaire’s mechanic and personal cafétier, befriends the prodigal son Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), heir to the millions his father owned and the now the owner of the biggest newspaper in Los Angeles. Kato’s cool, intelligent and very talented when it comes to machinery; mostly cars and guns. Together this unlikely pairing start to fight crime from the inside. Christoph Waltz is the big bad baddie, drug overlord that they must define in order to free the city from his terrors and big bad baddie ways.
The second, was the atmosphere. I really enjoyed the 60’s storytelling wibe, it reminded me of the olden days of comicbook productions on the small screen. I would think that’s where director Michael Gondry got his inspiration, instead of modern action films. The director of Eternal Sunshine For The Spotless Mind wasn’t really the obvious choice for this film, but if you’ve seen Be Kind Rewind you can kind of see the similarities in timing and the humour.
I don’t know where the jury stands on Seth Rogen as a leading male, I mean, he can get really obnoxious at points and often his verging on annoying rather than funny. But I think he does a decent job here, it’s not like Britt is supposed to be some kinf of stellar intellectual or even a gentleman but a ravaging fool, a spoiled brat with daddy issues that gets forced a financial and journalistic responsibility that he doesn’t care about. Rogen isn’t your typical superhero-type, but neither is The Green Hornet; it hides under the illusion of deviance only to turn out to be a hero and supporter of the good and just.
All in all, Christoph Waltz is creepy, Seth Rogen is a tad annoying, James Franco makes a cameo and Cameron Diaz plays a dumb blonde, but it works on some levels. It’s entertaining, occasionally laugh-out-loud and it doesn’t make you feel like you wasted a couple hours of your life.
You will like The Green Hornet if…
– you liked the 60’s Batman.
– you don’t get easily annoyed by Seth Rogen.
– Ironman is more your taste than Batman.
5 / 10