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Green Hornet The Movie: A Review
Green Hornet The Movie
The Green Hornet comic was originally created in the 1940's by two imaginative men named George W. Trendle and Fran Striker, who found great success when then comic turned into a radio series and then a short television series.
The storyline is about a man named Britt Reid, who has recently inheirited his fathers newspaper publishing company. Britt teams up with his father's mechanic/coffee maker, to form a dangerous crime fighting duo.
As time has gone on, the Green Hornet has been revived from time to time, though none have appeared to capture it just right.
Now, after arguing for nearly a decade over who had the rights and the resources to remake the Green Hornet, Sony finally did it with some help from Seth Rogen who starred in Zach and Miri Make a Porno.
So how was the movie?
Actually, it wasn't as bad as I had expected it to be. I fought with myself over whether or not to pay the points for it through Zune on xbox live, because I had heard negative reviews about it on the radio. Yet that part of me that loves super-hero action films took over, and I ordered it.
I admit that it was more of a spoof then a serious masked super hero movie, especially with Seth Rogen as the main super hero, though in this case I feel they pulled it off better than other attempts to recreate the Green Hornet.
My favorite part was when Britt's faithful sidekick Kato (played by Jay Chou) revealed Black Beauty, the awesome 1966 Chrysler Crown Imperial (swooning), complete with fully bullet proof body, extending hub hooks, hood gats, missles all around, a record player and swiveling headlights (just to name a few things). It may be because I am a die hard classic car fan, but this car rocks (MMMmmmmm). Kato even developed two "spares", one of which had ejectable seats and suicide doors with machine guns inside them (cool!).
If the car isn't enough to get your attention, you might be impressed by some of the super stellar moves Kato has, including opening twist off beers and sending the caps flying delicately into the air, as well as his ultra cool coffee machine that could easily put starbucks out of business if every home had one.
Even with it's spoofiness, Seth Rogen did a great job of playing the slacker kid to a rich dad, who turns himself into a sly-goofy super hero who is out to save the world and win some approval from his deceased dad. Their 40's style trench coat'n mask was definitely different compared to most current super hero costumes, but it held true to the "no tights" agreement Britt and Kato had in the beginning.
Lamest Super Villian Award
For as much as I enjoyed the majority of the movie, I have to agree with the quickly killed character Crystal Clear, who started out the movie saying that Kernofsky was just not that scary. Even with his double barreled gun and heavy contacts throughout the city, he was just not up to par with other super hero's. I mean, even batman's Penguin could have kicked his butt without any gadgets.
I don't think a different actor could have helped the situation either. I know they were hoping to get Nicolas Cage to play the villain, but I don't think even he could have made the not-so-super villain seem anymore special. Even the corrupt mayor of the city seemed more threatening then the villain himself. And NO, turning himself into the red dressed "Bloodnofsky" didn't help anything.
3.5 out of 5 Stars
I have to give the Green Hornet movie 3.5 stars out of 5 potential stars.
The humor was good, Seth Rogen and Jay Chou did great, the Imperial was AWESOME. Even Cameran Diaz did a great job as the unaware brain of the super duo.
The gadgets, cars, landscapes and lines were great. What really brought down the movie was the super villain. I'm not sure if that's the way the super villain has always been portrayed in the Green Hornet comics, or if they just choose the wrong villain to start a movie with. Either way, that role needs a lot of work. The whole movie could have been a lot better with a better villain.