The Green Hornet
From 1936-1952, the Green Hornet crime fighting series brought action-drama to radio listeners and to television watchers in 1966. Now in 2011, comedy is added to the mix in the film The Green Hornet. Overall slacker and playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) isn’t prepared when his father James Reid (Tom Wilkinson) unexpectedly dies leaving Britt to run the Los Angeles paper, The Daily Sentinel. Britt has no idea how to run a paper but luckily, he receives some help from a beautiful woman named Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz) when he hires her as his temporary secretary. (I think he was looking for more than a secretary.) Britt soon becomes friends with his father’s chauffer, Kato (Jay Chou) who is a Kung Fu expert and a master at adding special enhancements to cars. Their lives change when the two are driving one evening and with the help of Kato’s Kung Fu they prevent a robbery. (Of course, Britt is no help.) The two are so empowered with their skills they decide to become crime fighters: The Green Hornet and the guy with no name. Now Britt wears a green unitard, a mask and drives a car called “Black Beauty” which is bullet proof, has flamethrowers, guns, knives and oil to use when needed. Of course, every masked hero needs an archenemy to fight (even though The Green Hornet is thought to be a bad guy) and he finds one in a villain named Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) who runs all of the cities illegal activities. Seth Rogen helped write this script and it’s unrealistic, unbelievable, and over the top. It’s also funny, action packed, and entertaining. On the down side Jay Chou is no Bruce Lee, some of the action scenes run a little long and I’m still not sure why Cameron Diaz was in the film. (One of my friends said, â€œIf you could see, you’d know why.”) I’m sure the real Green Hornet fans will not enjoy all of the comedy that was added but I feel most of it enhanced the film. It could have been better if we had the Blind Hornet but we don’t, so I’ll give this film a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.