The Green Hornet Reviews
Seth Rogen proved in Take this Waltz that he can play a character that isn't just Seth Rogen speaking someone else's words, but this is Seth Rogen speaking someone else's words. The rest of the cast is a comic book farce with each character playing type with no dimension.
The plot is about as predictable as it could be without a single twist or variation from the formula.
Overall, I hope Seth Rogen got a lot of money for this film because aside from that, the film fills no other purpose.
There is so much car porn in this film its quite incredible. I am a bit of a car bod myself so I admit it was quite nice to see the interior of Reid's garage, but geez! car porn!!. Still the whole thing is predictably your typical blockbuster fare with silly over the top stunts, obvious CGI in places and a very very unoriginal plot which seems to be the standard Hollywood plot formula for all films of this genre. Wash, rinse and repeat folks.
First up, the very odd Terminator style POV vision used for Kato when he fights was rather strange and misplaced I must say, what the hell! frankly. Also the nasty violent segments and graphic deaths of one or two people (Chudnosky especially) seemed out of place for what is advertised as a film for all. Its one of these curious blends where the film appears to be advertised for the family yet out of nowhere BLAMMO! nasty violence which certainly isn't for the kids. Is this a loose comedy parody or a semi violent crime fighting flick? make your minds up.
Cast wise Rogen wasn't too bad as Reid despite him sounding like Fozzie the Bear every time he raised his voice. Some of his quips were amusing yet harmless and his clumsy overweight attempts at action were funny in dumb slapstick kinda way. Chou as Kato was as you would expect really...slick, slim and fast, a basic Bruce Lee air of coolness about his person. The fact he is the guy that does all the actual dangerous heroic stuff yet Reid/The Hornet is useless and gets all the attention was pretty formulaic admittedly, but that's the main gag really.
It does work but also kinda smears the image of this crime fighting hero, bit like 'The Lone Ranger' flick really. Could you say they are ruining the legacy of these characters? I guess, but hey anything for a quick laugh and a quick buck right.
Waltz was good as the baddie of course although this type of film seems way below his standards and he did feel a bit out of place if you ask me. Diaz was hardly used and quite right too as shes practically useless in everything she's ever done and a terrible actress.
Usual silly adaptation from Hollywood here. The original show was a cult but this is just a churned out cookie cutter affair with much over the top nonsense just as we saw with 'Charlie's Angels' and 'The A-Team'. All of which will be (has been) forgotten in the blink of an eye. I'm still waiting for the obligatory film adaptations of 'Airwolf' and 'The Six Million Dollar Man'...come on down.
Director: Michel Gondry
Summary: Seth Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg (Superbad) apply their trademark humor to the superhero genre in this big-screen action-adventure about a newspaper-publishing playboy (Rogen) who dons a disguise to fight crime after hours. As the Green Hornet, Britt Reid's power is no longer limited to the printed page -- and thanks to a nimble martial-arts expert (Jay Chou), he has the skills to expose the city's roughest criminals.
My Thoughts: "It's fun, funny, full of action, and you get a great tag team in The Green Hornet and Kato. I like Seth Rogen, I find his kind of humor funny. He was great in this, but Kato a.k.a. Jay Chou completely stole the show. He was just great in this. The film is just so much fun with all the fight/chase scenes and the bantering back forth from Britt and Kato. I also loved Christopher Waltz as the insecure thug. Cameron Diaz does well in her small part as well. The car is amazing. All the gadgets are incredible. It puts a lot of super hero cars to shame. Loved the movie. Probably much more then other's will. Give it a go if you have yet too."
I think with these movies its just an excuse for the leads to live out their boy hood fantasy!
Its an amusing movie in places and is a fun simple movie, but its simply no more than just a simple silly movie with a mediocre storyline and okay acting from what is quite a good cast!
I have some mixed feelings about this movie, so I'm gonna do something I really don't do too often, and give it some multiple ratings. It's gets 3 overall as a movie, but as entertainment, it gets a 4. The biggest issues are that the script is quite lackluster, uneven, and filled with a lot of jokes that dont quite work. It's also a major case of style over substance.
As a superhero story, it's fairly standard stuff, but as a hybrid action comedy, it's a little odd. And by odd, I mean uneven, but also unique since Michel Gondry brings his signature style and quirk to things. So yeah, it's style over substance, but the style is awesome, and gives the film a lot of energy and flair.
This film has some neat surreal moments, some strong montages, and some killer needle drops. The action is wild and plentiful, and I had a blast watching it. I'm just bummed that the acting, like the jokes, was hit or miss. Jay Chou is definitely the best thing here, stealing all the scenes, being a total badass, and holding everything together. Rogen is good at playing the spoiled jerk, and, while I kinda liked seeing him bumble around as a hero (due to inexperience), he didn't seem quite as convincing as he needed to be. I liked that Cameron Diaz gracefully showed her age, but she's really just kinda there, and doesn't do a whole lot or add much. Waltz, as we know, makes a good villain, but he's too silly and campy here, and not nearly as threatening as he needed to be.
Maybe the whole point of the movie is that it wasn't supposed to take itself seriously, which I can deal with, but only when the film is far stronger overall. I did like two of the nice cameos though, those were fun. At least the Black Beauty was awesome. Like Chou, it's the real highlight.
This film is by no means terrible, but it doesn't live up to it's potential, and that's a real shame. Give this one a watch on cable or something, and just sit back and enjoy it as a fun, yet forgettable ride.
I'm also not sure they could have cast this movie worse. Seth Rogen is just Seth Rogen (as usual), which only works in all-out comedy films, and even then only in supporting roles. Cameron Diaz has no reason being in the movie at all, and Jay Chou's action skills were fine, but he has limited acting ability and his broken english was kind of annoying.
All in all, a typical January movie graveyard film. Not the worst film I'm bound to see this year, and an okay distraction for two hours, but definitely sub-par and nothing I'll ever need to watch again.
Nate's Grade: B-
I went in expecting to like The Green Hornet and I did. It's for the most part a very cool, funny, and entertaining movie. Sure it's stupid, but it's co-written by Seth Rogen so you already know before hand that it's not Oscar level writing he's trying to accomplish. He sells stupid humor and I for one continue buying it. Kato(Jay Chou) really makes this movie go from dull and boring to extremely entertaining. Seth Rogen is pretty much the same Seth Rogen in this movie, but I like his character; so I'm a little biased in my opinion. James Franco has a really cool cameo right at the start of the movie. Christoph Waltz definitely could have been used more effectively, but he was still good as the villain. Overall I had fun watching The Green Hornet, but it's not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination.