The Green Hornet is opening in a theater near you and he’s accompanied by his trusted partner Kato. Seth Rogen co-wrote and stars in this big screen adaptation of the popular TV series and radio show that centers on a millionaire who tries to clean up the crime-filled streets. The film is directed by Michel Gondry, and features a few of his visual signatures but nothing overwhelming. For more on the film, check out the review…
- Director: Michel Gondry
- Screenwriters: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
- The Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour
- Cinematography By: John Schwartzman
- Original Music By: James Newton Howard
The Green Hornet centers on a Britt Reid (Rogen), a party boy and heir to a publishing empire. After the sudden death of his father, he along with his new companion Kato bond over a desire to rebel and end up becoming vigilante heroes. With the help of the newspaper and Reid’s secretary Lenore (Diaz) they work their way up the crime ladder until they reach the top dog, Chudnofsky (Waltz).
- The Homages: There were several homages to The Green Hornet TV series in this film. I won’t tell you what or where they are because their impact would be ruined. Just take comfort in knowing that there’s more than one wink to the source material, and fans of the original will notice.
- The 3D: This 3D film was post-converted, but the process took a lot longer than most. You would assume that with that extra time, the effect would be near perfect right? Wrong. The beginning scenes start off strong and clear, but after 30 minutes in, you can notice excessive blurriness in the background and the depth of field isn’t as sharp.
- The Action: It’s no secret that Kato dominates all the fight scenes but the choreography used was nothing to write home about. It was standard. He doesn’t do anything that blows you away. There’s a lot of build up but never a huge pay off.
- James Reid: Is he supposed to be loved or hated? James is Britt’s father and to be frank, he comes across as an a-hole. They even refer to him as a “dick” and a “douche” multiple times. Who is this guy?
- Britt/Lenore/Kato Triangle: The relationship between Kato and Britt goes from 0-60 in a matter of 10 minutes. If that’s not strange enough, they throw in Diaz’s character Lenore who’s sort of a love interest but not really. Their dynamic is strange, forced, and unnatural.
- The Casting: Everyone is wrong! Besides the obviousness of Rogen, Diaz was an odd choice to play the female sidekick, Olmos sulks the entire time he’s on screen, Wilkinson is wasted, and Waltz is completely unrecognizable as the Oscar winner he is. A lot of talent is underused.
The Green Hornet is a standard action comedy that has a buddy cop feel to it. At the end of the day, this adaptation wasn’t needed. It does nothing to improve upon the original. It’s just here.
The Green Hornet opens in theaters January 14.
Will you be seeing The Green Hornet this weekend?