Nicholas' Review of The Green Hornet
The Green Hornet(2011)
The Green Hornet may be one of the most disappointing movies I've seen in the last ten years. I grew up watching the show....you can rail on about the Adam West Batman, but for me, The Green Hornet is where it is (it gave us Bruce Lee, for chrissakes). When I heard that they were making a movie, I got pretty psyched (in spite of myself). Even more so when I heard Michel Gondry was directing. Then I heard Seth Rogen was staring, and I lost all hope. The Green Hornet bares little to no resemblance to it's source material...not that it matters, since very few people of this generation had even heard of the old school hero to begin with. It's like they tried to make the character Britt Reid the most un-likable douchedevil they could. This is where most of the comedy comes from, and to be fare, Rogen does alright with it. Most of the other portrails are pretty much unremarkable, with the exeptions being Kato (played by Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou) and Chudnofsky (played by Christoph Waltz of Inglorious Basterds fame). Kato...let's face it. The shoes of Bruce Lee are biiiiig shoes for anyone to step into. Jay Chou does acceptably well, but most of it just comes from the way the character was written. Chudnofsky is the opposite of this. Waltz plays him with an absurd level of over-the-topness, and it just works. You can tell he's having the time of his life in this movie. On a technical level, the movie looks pretty good. There were lots of nice stylistic touches that give it a good level of polish (such as the 66' Chrysler Imperial Black Beauty). It did, however, totally lack the surealist touch that Gondry gave is other films, though. I can only assume that a good portion of the movie was made by Stephen Chow (who was originally signed on to direct), and Gondry filled in the blanks. The bottom line...if you see The Green Hornet in the 2-dollar DVD bin at Gamestop in the future...then's the perfect time to see it.