The Green Hornet: Movie Review
The Green Hornet
Cast: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Tom
Director: Michel Gondry
Another superhero movie hits the big screen.
But unlike its predecessors of Spiderman, Batman et al, this one has its
tongue a little more firmly in its cheek.
Seth Rogen stars as Britt Reid, the playboy wastrel - his father (Tom
Wilkinson) runs a newspaper empire and has never really had much time for his
son; he even goes so far as to dispense such bon mots as "Trying doesn't matter
if you always fail."
So it's no wonder that Britt isn't exactly the life leader his dad
One day after a party, Britt comes home to find his father dead and suddenly,
he has the empire to run.
With a resentful attitude, Britt sets about doing what little he can to keep
the workload to a minimum.
However, one night, teaming up with dad's former associate Kato (Jay Chou),
the pair inadvertently find themselves fighting muggers and kicking some
At the same time, a local crimelord Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) is keeping
the city in his vicelike grip and that spurs Britt into taking on the crims at
their own game.
Thus The Green Hornet is born.
But the birth of this villain cum hero sets Britt on a collision course with
As I said, The Green Hornet has its tongue firmly in its cheek.
It's also brash, loud, over bearing, funny, entertaining and messy in equal
There's humour in the fight scenes between Kato and Hornet with one long
sequence resembling something from the Three Stooges. And there's even echoes of
Benny Hill in one early scene.
Rogen (who co-wrote this) simply shouts his way through the story for the two
hour duration - but there's something vaguely lovable about this waster and
goofball hero who's only getting involved 'cos of serious daddy issues.
Stylistically, this film is pretty impressive - the early fight scenes are
enhanced with visual effects and thanks to the eye of director Michel Gondry
look pretty damn impressive. But it's also the way these have been sparsely used
which make them work well and be as effective as they are.
If anything, Green Hornet is about the banter between Rogen and Chou as their
jealous, bitchy bromance partnership grows. Because certainly the likes of the
characters played by Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz are pretty much wasted and
do little but serve to move the narrative along.
Which is a shame.
Overall, The Green Hornet is a bit of checking your brain at the door kind of
fun - which for a superhero/ crime film, once in a while, is a pleasant