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The Green Hornet: The Bad, The Evil, and The Super-Huge Ego
Since 1930s, when The Green Hornet appeared for the very first time on radio, it had transformed in various forms. From classic radio plays to Batman-ish TV shows, and most recently, to popcorn movie in this years recycled version. Had anything changed over almost 80 years?
A Brief History
The “Little Green Bug” was released in 1936 as an American radio program. At that time radio shows were pretty much the only source of entertainment. Interesting, funny, and, of course, predictable were the keywords for The Green Hornet. Nevertheless, it lasted for almost 16 years.
In 1940, when radio show was still in air, The Green Hornet was adapted in TV serial. Wasn’t that popular, though. Only one season was filmed. But after that a real wave of popularity began. In the same year (1940) Britt and Kato fought against crime on silver screen (The Green Hornet Strikes Again!). Afterwards a few more versions of The Green Hornet followed, both TV series and movie adaptions. Most recent is french short movie (2006) and this years adaptation, both with the same name.
Changes Over The Years
It’s almost 80 years, since The Green Hornet showed up in our lives. All this time The Green Hornet – Kato and Britt – were the same old foes of criminals, even though they seemed to be criminals themselves in public. And someone thought that it would be funny to change that. From respectful and honourable man Britt turned to spoiled kid of media magnate’s son because of Dynamite Entertainment’s Green Hornet comic books. Which is kind of closer to the nowadays, but totally messed up at the same time.
The creators of comic series weren’t the only ones who just loved to make weird remakes. This is where we can start to discuss about the latest version of The Green Hornet. It opens just like the comic series did. We are being introduced with Britt Reid – totally spoiled and rebellious kid whose father is the “shark” of media business. Actually, that isn’t that bad because nowadays this format is sort of popular. But the thing I was shocked about, was that Britt, thus The Green Hornet, in movie was a total jerk. At first I thought that Britt is kind of like a Batman, only with a HUGE ego, which was seen along entire film. I still think that, it’s just now I want to cut out the word Batman because this particular Green Hornet absolutely isn’t worthy to be lined next to Bruce Wayne. You see, over the years, apparently Britt had lost his fighting skills.
Was A Good Try, Though
I don’t actually enjoy criticising but this time I guess I did. It’s just too weird for me that an independent French company with a budget about $2000 (YouTube) could make a masterpiece, but Hollywood giants couldn’t. Movie managed to make me laugh only a few times, because the humor was so dry. Only episode which I totally enjoyed was the moment when Britt tried to use his powers – just like Kato did – only by thinking.
Even though this film isn’t worthy even to be called The Green Hornet, it was quite a hit. I just hope that this movie didn’t spoil someones opinion about the real Green Hornet which still lives in Hollywood archives.