The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet—based off a radio program in the 1930s has been a hype of excitement for its release—it has had very mixed reviews but I guess that depends on what you are looking for. The plot introduces Reid, who is wasting his life because his father was mean to him. Things change when his father suddenly dies – leaving him as the sole heir to the family fortune and newspaper business. Reid meets his dad’s mechanic Kato and they begin to commiserate. Reid & Kato plan to pull a prank which leads to the venture of fighting crime after witnessing a mugging. It turns out that Kato is a martial arts expert who makes this whole venture truly possible, giving Reid the confidence to believe he can actually become something in life. Reid steps up to take over the family business, but truly he has no intelligence of his own. Reid is a spoiled, mean, out-of-shape brat who gets lucky in their follies just long enough until he is rescued by Kato’s talents.
Kato (Jay Chou), was an orphan on the streets of China and while he didn’t much like working for Reid’s father, he doesn’t much like being thought of as a sidekick either, particularly since he creates all the cool gadgets and does the majority of the fighting. Cristoph Waltz is convincing as the Russian crime lord Benjamin Chudnofsky, who demonstrates that he alone controls the crime in that city in the opening scene, but even he becomes less effectual as the Green Hornet progresses. Cameron Diaz plays the unsuspecting administrative assistant to Reid, in the newspaper office. He adds hype to the publicity of the Green Hornet by having his assistant research & front page any found activity involving this new super villain/super hero. It is a bumbled web of activity from beginning to end, with some pretty resourceful special effects and exhilarating action.
Rogen is comical enough, the action surprising enough and Chou is super enough to overcome some of the film’s flaws and make it pleasurable. After viewing this movie, I realized that when I think of a superhero, Seth Rogen does not come to mind. He stumbles through his role and does not add much to the building his character as an inspiring Superhero. But if you’re a fan of Seth Rogen and age old comics that come to life—you will find this a fun and active movie to watch.
I give it: four stars
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