Friday, 21 January 2011

The Green Hornet Review (Updated)











The Green Hornet


Release Date: 20th January 2011 Australia


Production Companies
Columbia Pictures
Original Film

Distribution
Sony Pictures Australia


Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 119 minutes


Budget: $120,000,000

Box Office Gross: $227,817,248
(Worldwide)


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.


Cast
Seth Rogen – Britt Reid/The 
Green Hornet
Jay Chou – Kato
Christoph Waltz – Benjamin 
Chudnofsky
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)

Crew
Director – Michel Gondry
Based on Radio Series – George W. Trendle & 
Fran Striker
Writers/Executive Producers – Seth Rogen 
& Evan Goldberg
Executive Producers – Michael Grillo,
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 
Special Effects Supervisor – John Frazier
Visual Effects Supervisors – Jamie Dixon
& Justin Jones
Film Editor – Michael Tronick
Music – James Newton Howard


Review
The film adaptation of THE GREEN HORNET was okay, but felt like it was a complete mess and I find it mediocre. The things that have tainted this superhero movie are the weak points which includes the story-line which is a bit flat, the protagonist Britt Reid being a lazy slacker and Seth Rogen for his performance of that character shows that he is not the ideal actor for the 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 with action scenes to keep the audiences' interest. Best bonus in this feature comes with some humour and references left to entertain the Hornets. 

This could have been better if THE GREEN HORNET had a better story, the main hero would have being uptight and rebellious and therefore would be a gritty and interesting interpretation. Overall, the feature is close to what we see in IRON MAN (click here) 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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