When I think of The Green Hornet I flashback to my childhood, and the old 1960’s Batman show where The Green Hornet and Kato made a guest appearance from their 1960’s TV series.
The Green Hornet and Kato were as moral and upstanding as Batman and Robin. It was exciting to see these two crime fighter teams come together to fight evil.
I can still remember the end of first episode where The Green Hornet and Kato were pushed into a machine by the villain Col. Gumm, and what came out the other end were only two flat pictures of the duo. Were The Green Hornet and Kato flattened and left for dead as two large photos? Sorry kids you will have to tune in next week.
I cared to see if The Green Hornet and Kato were really flattened to a pulp. I eagerly awaited the next episode, and I was relieved to see that they were alright.
The duos were still in the machine trapped, and they were freed by Batman and Robin. Then The Green Hornet and Kato were able to team up with Batman and Robin to beat up some baddies. After seeing the new 2011 The Green Hornet I feel like pushing The Green Hornet and Kato back into the machine, and leaving the two in there for good.
In this incarnation of The Green Hornet, the origin is there, the concept for them as heroes posing as criminals is there as well. However, any image you may have of them as upstanding and moral Superheroes will probably be destroyed when you see Seth Rogan’s version of the Green Hornet.
The movie starts off with a young Britt Reid being sent to his father, James Reid’s office at The Daily Sentinel. Young Britt has been in a fight, and his father teaches him a lesson by pulling off the head of Brit’s Superhero doll.
We then flash forward to an out of control Britt Reid (Seth Rogan) as a billionaire playboy who only cares about partying, getting drunk, and sleeping around. When Britt returns home one day he is greeted at his home by a flood of media; it has turned out that his father has died supposedly from a bee sting.
After Britt wakes up one morning, and finds that his normal morning coffee tastes terrible; he goes about demanding to know what has happened to his coffee, and where is the regular person who makes it. Britt is informed by one of his servants that he fired most of the workers in his home, and that the person who makes his coffee was let go as well. Well, Britt rehires his coffee making friend that he has never met, and finds that it was his father’s former mechanic, Kato played by Taiwanese actor Jay Chou.
Kato has many special talents- making a great cup of coffee, and creating gadgets. He built all sorts of gadgets and devices in James Reid’s fleet of cars which were there to protect him from any danger. I guess he didn’t have anything to protect against bee stings.
The character of Britt never takes anything seriously. The legend of The Green Hornet that Britt wants to portray to the world begins with him desecrating his father’s grave- by cutting off the head of his father’s statue. This leads to an altercation with a gang harassing a couple.
Britt tries to help, but has no skills as a fighter. This is where Kato comes in and shows off his fighting skills; and we are introduced to what will eventually be known as Kato Vision. Kato Vision is when Kato starts pinpointing through his eyes the best places to hit a person, then he hits those points.
Seth Rogan’s portrayal of Britt Reid/ The Green Hornet is as an imbecile jerk. During the whole film he never ceases to be a jerk. He sexually harasses his secretary played by Cameron Diaz, who has no interest in Reid. He insults his teammate Kato, who has basically built every tool for them to use in their crime fighting endeavors; and Kato also does most of the fighting (if not all) in the film.
Cameron Diaz’s role didn’t really add much to the film. Diaz played Lenore Case, a temp secretary with a Criminology Degree who then becomes Britt’s full-time secretary because of how pretty she is, and to also use her criminology knowledge in order to help increase the The Green Hornet’s status within the underworld. I am assuming that the Lenore Case character was supposed to resemble that of Gwyneth Paltrow’s role of Pepper Potts in Iron Man, by Paltrow got the better role, and better movie.
The villain in the film is Chudnofsky played by the wonderful actor Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) and is menacing right from the beginning; he controls all the gangs in the city, and if anyone challenges him he kills them. Chodnofsky has one flaw, he is self-conscious about his image. Chodnofsky feels that people aren’t seeing him as menacing enough which later leads to him to develop the new personae of Bloodnofsky after seeing The Green Hornet and Kato’s style.
The best part of the movie was the the big chase scene at the end. It was very exciting, and it was interesting to see them being chased in the building of The Daily Sentinel with only half a car.
Seth Rogan slimmed down for the role; but he brought his stoner character to the The Green Hornet role. There isn’t much to get excited about in this movie. If they make a sequel it will only be a waste unless the studios want to entirely change the image from this film.
Normally I like Seth Rogan movies, but this is not one of my favorites. If you want to see very good Rogan movies get Pineapple Express, Superbad, or Knocked Up.