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The Green Hornet (2011 movie)

A 2011 film Directed by Michel Gondry inspired by the characters from a radio program in the '30s.

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Gondry at gun-point.

  • May 28, 2011
*1/2 out of ****

As a superhero movie, directed by Michel Gondry, and written by Seth Rogen; "The Green Hornet" really pisses me off. It has the potential of a really awesome, radical, "cool" action-surrealism flick, but alas, it's trash. Complete and utter trash. I guess that doesn't mean it's unwatchable, but when people call the film "fun", I can't help but wonder how disturbed these people really are.

There's nothing fun about watching a talented and imaginative filmmaker lose his soul right before our very eyes. There's nothing fun about watching a superhero film that is not heroic, a comedy that is not funny, or an action film that is all-flash and no craft. Sure, "The Green Hornet" is flashy and action-packed. But it's also lame, overlong, and stupid.

Based on a radio series of the same name, the film is about the recent death of James Reid (Tom Wilkinson), the father of Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), and owner of a long-running local newspaper in the city of Las Angeles. His death was apparently caused by a hornet/bee sting, which he is allergic to, and his media empire (and newspaper) has been passed down to Britt; who was once an aspiring heroic figure who has now turned to alcohol, women, and parties that never seem to end.

His father's death gives Britt a new purpose. He meets the guy who has been making his coffee for several years, Kato (Jay Chou), and the two strike up a good friendship after Britt is impressed with the guy's kick-ass gadgets. It's clear that boredom exists within both people, and they agree to become crime-fighters; superheroes, although their first (presumably drunken) night of heroism takes a turn and becomes an act of crime.

They learn from that mistake, and soon become masked heroes within the city; fighting crime wherever it may show its ugly face. They get the attention of local mob-boss Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz), who is bent on destroying, capturing, or killing the two "heroes" so that he can control L.A. once and for all.

So there you have it; a film about superheroes that fight crime because they're bored. They have no motives other than the possibility that being heroes would get them recognized as being "cool" or "the good guys". There's attempted "buddy-comedy"-esque material between Britt and Kato, although it fails due to the fact that frankly, I don't care about these characters.

And then there were some. Of course, I'm referring to the action sequences. Being somewhat of an action movie itself, "The Green Hornet" must be touched on this level of critical complexity. And I must tell you about these action sequences. They are not completely impressive. Entertaining, sure, and they're the only thing that you may anticipate, but in the end, you can't help but realize that they are works of CGI, not the imagination; or Michel Gondry. It's almost as if Gondry directed the film at gun-point, because given the lover of surrealism he is, it's surprising when a film by him ends up having only one scene of actual mediocre surrealism.

Seth Rogen is to blame. He wrote the film, along with Evan Goldberg. Look, Rogen is talented, yes, but not enough to make this film work; especially since his dialogue isn't funny, and his character sucks. The same goes for Chou as Kato, who fails to get laughs or respect from the audience. Most disappointing of all is Waltz as his "Chudnofsky" character; who is uninspired, stupid, and intentionally satiric at times, but never successful at being so. Plus, his name isn't easy (or fun) to pronounce. Shame, shame, shame.

"The Green Hornet" is not good fun; and it's not good entertainment. Save yourself the money, and time, and see a better movie; such as...well, I can think of many, but what's the point in naming all of them? Alas, there would be a point; and it's much more of a point than "The Green Hornet" has when regarding anything about it, which is sad, pathetic, and rather cowardly. Why Gondry took this job, I shall never know. If I could ask him, believe me, without question I would.

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May 28, 2011
I was a lot nicer to this than you were, but I cannot disagree with you. Nice review!
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The Green Hornet is an upcoming 2011 action-comedy film, based on the character of the same name. The Green Hornet is an American pulp hero and masked vigilante - created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker with input by radio director James Jewell in 1936. Since his radio debut in the 1930s, the Green Hornet has appeared in numerous serialized dramas in a wide variety of media. The character appeared in film serials in the 1940s, a network television program in the 1960s, multiple comic book series from the 1940s on, and a feature film in January 2011.

Directed by Michel Gondry, the film stars Seth Rogen in the title role, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg. Supporting actors include Jay Chou as Kato, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour and Tom Wilkinson.

The film will be released in the United States on January 14, 2011, and the United Kingdom April 8, 2011, which will also include RealD Cinema and IMAX 3D. The film has been dubbed as a re-issue of the TV series rather than the serials or the comic books. After all, it has strong tibutes to Bruce Lee's portrayal and even gives homage to his one-inch punch. Jay Chou knew he couldn't play the role like Bruce, but the references to his movements were all there.

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Director: Michel Gondry
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: January 14, 2011
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Runtime: 108 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures
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