January 14, 2011
Review - " The Green Hornet " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Taiwanese Jay Chou struggles with his newly learned English as Kato. As Reid's brainy-beauty secretary Lenore, Cameron
Diaz struggles to fit in with a production that has no use for girls. And in a riff on his Oscar-winning performance as Nazi Hans
Landa, Inglourious Basterds' Christoph Waltz plays an over-the-top villain who controls all the gangs of L.A., at least until GH
and Kato drive into town in their indestructible Hornetmobile known as the Black Beauty. As in The Gumball Rally, the car is
The problem with the film it is so laid back that it lacks any real momentum from scene to scene - the entire plot is pretty
much an afterthought, and for the most part, the story is just going through the motions from one scene to the next, as if the
filmmakers don’t care, and simply want to get back to the scenes where Britt and Kato are just hanging out.
In a last-minute tweak, the production has also been meaninglessly 3-D-ified — never mind that there's nothing whatsoever
3-D-ish going on. Maybe those clumsy 3-D glasses are meant to let moviegoers mimic the superhero mask-wearing
experience? At any rate, they let moviegoers pay more for a ticket.
The film has to be seen as a disappointment for director Michel Gondry. Since making one of the greatest films of the last
decade in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, he has somewhat been treading water.
To a certain extent I found The Green Hornet refreshing. It has more of a sense of fun than any other superhero movie I can
think of. And yet, I do wish the filmmakers had taken it just a little more seriously - and put a little more effort into writing and
directing it. There are moments that are quite good, but overall, The Green Hornet is nothing more than a mildly enjoyable
way to spend two hours. The final word - disappointing.
The Green Hornet
Directed by: Michel Gondry
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson,
Christoph Waltz, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos, Jamie Harris,
Chad Coleman, Edward Furlong.
One part superhero, one part vigilante. It's "The Green Hornet." Seth
Rogan plays Britt Reid, a spoiled, unproductive trust fund kid of a
newspaper magnate. But his father's sudden death lights a fire within
to clean up the streets. With the help of Kato, the inventive sidekick,
he suits up as "the Green Hornet" to take down the leader of L.A.'s
Seth Rogen bellows, barges, and stumbles in. If unmodulated decibel
level and childish, dorkish energy alone could lower a city's crime rate,
then consider the cartoon bad guys of cartoon Los Angeles flattened.
Both in nighttime drag and in his daytime identity as newspaper
publisher Britt Reid, Rogen's Green Hornet is more of a buffoon than
masked hero, bumbling his way through each caper much as Inspector
Clouseau does, but without the heart or innocence of Peter Sellars
master creation. Even slimmed down and groomed up, the guy
embodies the funny schlub at the party who doesn't understand the
ladies but has some hilarious adventures with the gents. Britt Reid is a
spoiled, bored, rich party boy whose relationship with Kato is
something between a bromance and a schoolyard competition.