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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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Coulda used a little more green

  • Jan 16, 2011
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THE GREEN HORNET
Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Directed by Michel Gondry
Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson and Christoph Waltz
 
Britt Reid: That is the balls.
 
I’ve got to give it up for Seth Rogen.  The man has gone from full on geek to perpetual stoner to slimmed down, unexpected superhero in Michel Gondry’s most indisputable attempt to penetrate the mainstream, THE GREEN HORNET, a big budget 3D adaptation of the popular 1930’s radio series.  Rogen’s transformation is admirable but ultimately not as successful as it needed to be to irradicate the image of the affable teddy bear character we’ve all come to know, love and get slightly tired of in recent years.  Subsequently, THE GREEN HORNET plays like a laid back stoner flick without the actual weed, and Rogen, without the haze of smoke surrounding him, is just not as funny as he is when he’s high.  That said, he could have been high throughout the entire production for all I know.  It just isn’t written in this time.
 
Rogen co-wrote the script to THE GREEN HORNET with SUPERBAD co-writer, Evan Goldberg.  Under Gondry’s somewhat scattered direction, their screenplay becomes a surprisingly well-woven send-up of many superhero clichés, while remaining reasonably grounded in a realistic place, with the exception of random misplaced bursts of Gondry’s hyperactive imagination.  Rogen plays Britt Reid, the only heir to his father’s (Tom Wilkinson) newspaper fortune.  Britt lost his mother when he was just a boy and his relationship with his father has always been strained, living in that vastly cast shadow.  His life is one party after another until his father dies suddenly.  Unable to resolve the public admiration for a man who never seemed to care about him, Britt decides he is going to save the world his way – in a green mask and hat, one bad guy at a time.
 
Of course, Britt can’t do this alone so he enlists the help of his super genius buddy, Kato (Jay Chou), to be his alter ego, The Green Hornet’s sidekick.  He also takes Cameron Diaz into his fold but she just looks confused as to when her career became about playing such superfluous secondary characters the whole time.  Together Britt and Kato form something much stronger than your everyday bromance; each of them now orphaned, they actually become brothers.  It is their relationship, uneven and influenced by class and status yet still devoted, that makes THE GREEN HORNET so relatable and real, which is a lot to say about a movie where guys can stop time in their mind.  This is the age of the every man superhero after all.  The trouble with regular guys though is that they are often nowhere near as funny as they think they are. 

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January 16, 2011
This movie just sounds too loose and carefree to be really good. If that old TV show isn't on TV now, it should be.
January 16, 2011
the TV show was awesome!!
January 20, 2011
I don't know if we will see a Green Hornet sequel. I'm doubtful.
 
January 16, 2011
nice going, Joseph, I didn't know Goldberg was also the screen writer of Superbad. I liked your last paragraph. If only the comedy didn't overstay its welcome on some parts...(sigh)
January 20, 2011
Thanks! I loved the writing in Superbad ... mostly. These jokes were nowhere near as funny.
 
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review by . January 14, 2011
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“The Green Hornet” is an idea that debuted as a radio program in the 1930‘s, then it went on to movie serials, a comic book in the 40's, a TV series (in the 60's with the legendary Bruce Lee) that got a cult following, after which it went on to inspire another comic book series and other media. The TV series was known throughout Hong Kong as “the Kato Show”; and paved the way for the late great Bruce Lee to break into Hong Kong …
review by . March 27, 2011
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It’s the cool factor done to impress, to the utmost. It suits the taste of those who like to imagine a world that they don’t live in. Hence, it’s the cup of tea for the majority of the American and Chinese public (esp. those in the range of 15-30). It’s entertaining, it’s lively and it’s kind of funny in some ways. You’d think, how could anyone be impressed with such kind of bs? Well, anyone and everyone who has a sense of humor as well as sense of adventure, …
review by . May 30, 2011
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I waited a long time to view this film and I should have waited longer! It was worse than what most of the critics said about it. Seth Rogen is incredibly miscast in this movie that is a ridiculously bad comedy that does nothing to imitate one of the best action based television series ever. The movie had a decent first scene with a young Britt Reid being sent home from school to face the wrath of his father, who pulls the head off his superhero doll. Shift forward 20 years and we have Seth Rogen …
review by . January 15, 2011
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review by . January 16, 2011
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The Green  Hornet debuts in theaters this weekend.      This film covers the origin story of how Britt Reid decides to become the Green Hornet to fight crime. It is interesting what has been remembered from the old Green Hornet TV show to people who were not part of the generation where it debuted. Few people would probably be able to identify, offhand, the actor who played Britt Reid. Whether the same will happen to the revival of this franchise to a new generation has …
review by . May 28, 2011
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*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 …
review by . January 14, 2011
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The Green Hornet has appeared in books, a television series, and perhaps in its most famous form, as a radio series. Adapting a superhero to the big screen is not without its share of challenges. For every Batman and Spiderman that sets box office records there are several that fail miserably, such as Daredevil, Elektra, The Phantom, The Shadow, and the first Hulk movie.      When it was first announced that Seth Rogen would star as the title character many people were first …
review by . January 15, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Star Rating:         You know something is wrong when the worst character in The Green Hornet is The Green Hornet himself. As portrayed by Seth Rogen, we see a twelve-year-old trapped in a man’s body, a bratty and talkative megalomaniac that does none of the dirty work and truly has no idea what he’s doing. Rogen, who is also the co-writer and one of the executive producers, is not only tragically miscast but has also written his character badly; rather …
review by . May 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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Quick Tip by . May 03, 2011
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Dumb, dull, unfunny and extraordinary, excruciatingly overlong Michael Gondry and Seth Rogen's   "The Green Hornet" is the epitome of what filmmaking at its absolute worst. This idiotic, inane so-called "slap-stick"/ “superhero"/ "buddy comedy" film is one of the very worst films of the year and in my opinion a top contender for the worst picture of 2011 category for the "Razzie.” Rogen who stars and co-wrote …
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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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