There’s a new “Green Hornet” in town, and it’s definitely not your dad’s old superhero. Does this updated version have any sting to it? Find out, as I review “The Green Hornet”.
Seth Rogen co-wrote and stars in the newest version of the masked avenger, and, as you can expect, it’s a much more humorous take than the 1960’s TV show. You remember that one-Al Hirt’s cool trumpet filled theme song, Bruce Lee as Kato, the Black Beauty, and some dude as the Green Hornet. Yea, I know his name is Van Williams, but he was easily overshadowed in the original series by Bruce Lee-hard not to be. After all, Kato had all the cool moves, and he was the one who got to operate their tricked out car-The Black Beauty. And, he was, after all, Bruce Lee.
Director Michel Gondry plays around with this concept of the “sidekick” who is really the brains and the brawn of the operation and should be an equal partner, yet gets none of the press. Wouldn’t that tick you off if you were Kato?
Seth Rogen plays Britt Reid-a rich, fun-loving, hard-partying and irresponsible playboy who accidentally stumbles into becoming the Hornet. Jay Chou is Kato-a former employee of Britt’s dad-a wicked martial artist and outrageous inventor who’s been wasting his considerable talents. While out causing some mischief together, they save a damsel in distress, and discover that its loads of fun kicking bad guy’s butts and helping those in need. Born are the Green Hornet and Kato!
If you’re not a fan of Seth Rogen-odds are you won’t like this film either. I do enjoy his films-he consistently cracks me up-and I love his naturalistic, unforced delivery. He brings a lot of joy in this film to an often over-serious genre-no brooding, tortured heroes here-just plenty of goofy, wild and funny action.
Jay Chou is no Bruce Lee, but still works out very well as the unsung partner. He’s got lots of charisma and charm, and nice fighting skills that director Gondry showcases with a wild technique called “Kato-vision”.
Also a standout is the main baddie, played by Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, who brings his own delicious quirkiness to the character. This film is not the greatest superhero movie ever made, but as an action-comedy film, it’s a lot of fun.
I give “The Green Hornet”, directed by Michel Gondry, a grade of “B”. I’m Keith Kelly.
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