The Green Hornet (2011)

14 January 2011

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The Green Hornet. Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), son and heir to Los Angeles' largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato (Jay Chou). They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid's shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon and gadget imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britt's new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls. Directed by Michel Gondry.

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"Black Beauty, just about steals the show with her endless gadgets and impossible abilities"

By day, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is a millionaire publisher and popular media figure, but by night, Reid assumes the identity of fearless crime fighter The Green Hornet and Kato (played by Asian pop star-turned-actor/director Jay Chou), to keep the streets safe for citizens. Producer Neal H. Moritz spearheads this big-screen adaptation of the popular radio serial, comic book, film, and television series originated by Lone Ranger creators Fran Striker and George W. Trendle.

Screenwriters Rogen and Evan Goldberg proved with both Superbad and Pineapple Express that they've got a knack for writing funny, tender friendships between men, and they've done it again in all the scenes between Britt and Kato - the mechanics whiz and martial arts expert Britt adopts as a sidekick. Chou acquits himself remarkably well in his first English-language role, and Rogen's natural likability shines through with Britt, a character who never quits figure out how to stop being so selfish even when he's ostensibly out fighting crime.

The fight sequences really do benefit from the 3D experience - even if we are growing tired of it, there are moments where it does add to the experience. Breakout Inglourious Basterds star Christoph Waltz gives a brilliant performance as the villan, Chudnofsk. However, the car, Black Beauty, just about steals the show with her endless gadgets and impossible abilities.

I had low expectations going in, but I ended up pleasantly surprised with the clever dialog, great special effects, and decent story... my only complaint is that it's about 20 minutes too long.

Like any good Rogen and Goldberg film The Green Hornet is best viewed as a platonic buddy romance, and the scenes between Britt and Kato as they play with their high-tech toys or even deal with their own issues of jealousy are the best parts of the film by far.

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