THE GREEN HORNET Movie Review
Years ago when I read that Robert Downey, Jr. had been cast as Tony Stark I really thought the studio had lost its mind. I was wrong. That seemingly unlikely casting turning into a fabulous movie. Christian Bale pulled of Batman with a style all his own, so when I heard about Seth Rogan cast as THE GREEN HORNET I was willing to give it a chance. Although after more than a month of extremely irritating commercials for a certain burger chain my patience was wearing thin. Still, I promised them a chance.
The Green Hornet has been around forever, or at least close to forever, debuting back in the 1930s and having several incarnations along the way, the most notable starring Bruce Lee. Seth Rogan, as star and co-writer, had his work cut out for him. With Michel Gondry in the director’s chair and co-starring Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz and Cameron Diaz, it is a movie with potential, even though it falls into the dreaded post-Christmas January movie slot.
Rogan plays Britt Reid, the spoiled heir of a newspaper empire. After his father is out of the picture, the weight falls on Britt’s shoulders. And the weight does not rest well. He does get one really good thing out of his father’s death, his new sidekick and BFF Kato, who can do pretty much anything from making killer coffee to killer cars. The two bond over their mutual love of fighting crime and off they go to thwart evil. Don’t forget that the Green Hornet and Kato are the mask-wearing kind of superheroes, not the “we have superpowers” kind of superheroes.
Now, before we go further, let me make it clear, I occasionally like a cheesy, not that awesome, but totally awesome (if you get my meaning) type of film. The kind of movie that even though it has a rough patch here and there, a slow spot or even a really annoying passage, you still like the movie. The Green Hornet falls soundly in this category. It’s not really a very good movie. It is certainly not Iron Man or The Dark Knight. Sometimes it can’t even decide if it’s a superhero film or a comedy.
I liked The Green Hornet. It’s not a love affair. There are times when Rogan got on my nerves and his humor seemed more fit for his usual comedies than an action film, but Jay Chou, as Kato, was fabulous, and if they make a sequel, I’ll go see it. So, is it the best movie of 2011? No. Is it a good way to pass an evening and eat too much popcorn, laugh a little and cheer on the (somewhat inept) good guys? Yes.
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