Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Green Hornet

Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, and Tom Wilkinson

Directed by Michel Gondry

Release Date: January 14, 2011

The Green Hornet: the trailers were pretty bad, but does that mean the movie will suck?

It's not the worst comic book movie I've seen, but it's certainly not the best. The majority of the reviews of The Green Hornet have been that Seth Rogen is too annoying, Kato (Chou) does all the work, and Cameron Diaz is unnecessary for her part. Now, I will address those problems: 1) Yes, Seth Rogen's portrayal of Britt Reid is his standard frat-boy annnoying self. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Rogen is on SPIN CYCLE acting, where he contstantly plays the same character over and over again. 2) Kato is hardcore awesome, so much so that the audience evertually cheers harder for him than for the Green Hornet. I'd like to think that co-writer Rogen did this intentionally, since Britt is a useless hero. 3) Of all three complaints, this is the one I agree with the most; Cameron Diaz should not have been in this movie. Seriously, it's like the part was originally written for an up-and-coming actress then rewritten when the filmmakers were told she was interested in the movie. Still, for all the movie's flaws, they've got Christoph Waltz playing up the craziness of his over-the-hill villain Chudnofsky.

The jokes are pretty funny (some of Rogen's schtick gets old fast), the action is good, and the movie does good job. The Green Hornet is a good movie, but could have been much more impressive than the final result.

Rating: * * * 1/2 of 5

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