Friday, 21 January 2011

The Green Hornet Review (Updated)

The Green Hornet

Release Date: January 20th 2011 Australia

Production Companies
Columbia Pictures
Original Film

Sony Pictures Australia

Genre: Action/Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 119 minutes

Budget: $120,000,000

Box Office Gross: $227,817,248

Plot Summary
In The Green Hornet, Britt 
Reid is the son of LA's most
prominent and respected
media magnate and perfectly
happy to maintain a direction-
less existence on the party
scene - until his father 
mysteriously dies, leaving 
Britt his vast media empire. 
Striking an unlikely friendship 
with one of his father's more
industrious and inventive 
employees, Kato, they see
their chance to do something 
meaningful for the first time 
in their lives: fight crime. To 
get close to the criminals, 
they come up with the 
perfect cover: they'll pose
as criminals themselves.
Protecting the law by 
breaking it, Britt becomes the
vigilante The Green Hornet
as he and Kato hit the streets. 

Using all his ingenuity and 
skill, Kato builds the
ultimate in advanced retro
weaponry, Black Beauty, an
indestructible car equal parts
firepower and horsepower. 
Rolling in a mobile fortress 
on wheels and striking the 
bad guys with Kato's clever 
gadgets, The Green Hornet 
and Kato quickly start making
a name for themselves, and 
with the help of Britt's new 
secretary, Lenore Case, they 
begin hunting down the man 
who controls LA's gritty 
underworld: Benjamin 
Chudnofsky. But Chudnofsky 
has plans of his own: to swat 
down The Green Hornet once 
and for all.

Seth Rogen – Britt Reid/The 
Green Hornet
Jay Chou – Kato
Christoph Waltz – Benjamin 
Cameron Diaz – Lenore 
''Casey'' Case
Tom Wilkinson – James Reid
Edward James Olmos – Mike Axford
Edward Furlong – Tupper
Analeigh Tipton – Ana Lee
David Harbour – D.A. Frank Scanlon
Jamie Harris – Popeye
Chad Coleman – Chili
Reuben Langdon – Crackhead
James Franco – Danny 
"Crystal" Clear (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Director – Michel Gondry
Based on Radio Series – George W. Trendle & 
Fran Striker
Writers/Executive Producers – Seth Rogen 
& Evan Goldberg
Executive Producer/Unit Production Manager – Michael Grillo
Executive Producers – Ori Marmur & 
George W. Trendle Jr.
Producer – Neal H. Moritz
Production Designer – Owen Paterson
Costume Designer – Kym Barrett
Director of Photography – John Schwartzman
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator – Vic Armstrong
Stunt Coordinator – Andy Armstrong
Fight Stunt Coordinator – Jeff Imada
Special Effects Supervisor – John Frazier
Visual Effects Supervisors – Jamie Dixon
& Justin Jones
Film Editor – Michael Tronick
Music – James Newton Howard

The film adaptation of THE GREEN HORNET was okay, but I felt like it was a complete mess and was mediocre. The things that have tainted this superhero movie are the weak points which include the story-line being a bit flat, the protagonist Britt Reid is a lazy slacker and Seth Rogen for his performance of that character shows he is not the ideal actor for that role. The movie relied upon Jay Chou's exceptional acting as Kato that was originally portrayed by Bruce Lee in the classic TV series and its gratifying visual style from the director Michel Gondry. His action scenes kept the audiences' interest. Best bonus in this feature comes with some humour and references to entertain the Hornets. 

This could have been better if THE GREEN HORNET was an interesting interpretation with a better story and therefore the main hero would have been likeable. Overall, the feature is close to what we see in IRON MAN with Robert Downey Jr., a watchable movie but unfortunately holds no contest with other rival superhero films.

Star rating: (3/5) Average

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