“The Green Hornet” Flys Below Expectations
by Nicholas Robinson
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father (Tom Wilkinson) mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves – protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets. The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all. – Fandango.com
I have been looking forward to this for quite a while. Ever since I saw the trailer for this a few months back I have been waiting for this to come out in theatres. I was hesitant at first because it was in converted 3D but went in reassured because Michel Gondry was behind the camera and I was sure he could make it work. I was wrong. The story was pretty average, the acting was OK, the action was really good and the visuals were good.
The story in this movie was pretty average. I mean it was a regular comic book story that had some great comedy but was overall too predictable and formulaic. There were no surprising moments in the entire story and there really isn’t anything else to say about it. The comedy was great though. Seth Rogen and Jay Chou have chemistry that could lead to future projects together. I was laughing so much throughout this movie (especially in the introduction to Chudnofsky with a cameo from a certain up-and-coming actor) and I just loved that.
The acting in this movie was OK. Seth Rogen did the best he could but throughout the entire movie I couldn’t stop thinking “Oh my God, this dude is SO fucking annoying”. I couldn’t stand Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet. In fact, it reminds me of how I felt about Jaden Smith in The Karate Kid. Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz gave average performances but Jay Chou fit the role of Kato to the T. He may not have given a great performance, but he played the role that was required of him. The star in this movie was Christoph Waltz as Chudnofsky. He gave the same brilliant way of turning a nice polite conversation into a bloodbath a new turn as the insecure villain whose turf is being taken over.
I really liked the action in this movie. Kato kicked some serious ass especially in Michel Gondry’s slow motion. The way Kato just seemed to be able to take down a large group of thugs in only a few minutes was amazing. I only wish that Stephen Chow could have directed and pushed his idea of having Kato putting a chip in Britt’s brain so that he could control him and make him an awesome fighter but this is good enough.
I really liked the visuals in this movie. I am not talking about the 3D, that was horrible. I am talking about the visuals you see as if it is 2D and those were great. The explosions, the chases, Kato-Vision they all looked great. Michel Gondry also had a couple of his crazy shots (not as many as I would like but I’ll take it) like when we see Kato kick a guy and see it reverberate with multiple car images (hard to describe). I think Michel Gondry is trying way too hard to be a part of Hollywood mainstream and so is turning down his craziness, but that is the problem. If he only turned it up, his movies would be much better.
Overall, The Green Hornet is a fun movie that you should only see it if it is in 2D.
IMDB says 6.8/10
RT says 43%
I say 7/10