The Green Hornet (2011) starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson directed by Michel Gondry Movie Review

The Green Hornet (2011)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Seth Rogen in The Green Hornet (2011)

Someone Hand me the Bug Spray

As a child Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) was bullied by his demanding father and it continued in to his grown up life although in fairness having become a slacker living off of his father's wealth he deserved it. But then Britt's father dies and suddenly he has to take control of his life and his late father's media empire which is how he comes to meet Kato (Jay Chou) a genius who can also fight. When they, or really Kato, beat up some bad guys they come up with the idea to become vigilantes posing as criminals. Eventually it leads Britt and Kato in to a confrontation with a criminal kingpin and a dirty politician.

Admittedly I am not the biggest fan of comic book movies and I'm one of the many who have grown tired of the resurgence in their popularity but if they made more of them like "The Green Hornet" I would be happy. Happy in the fact "The Green Hornet" didn't work and more comic book, super hero movies like this would lead to that resurgence coming to an abrupt end. Now I am sure there are some who probably enjoyed "The Green Hornet" but to me it seems to misfire from start to finish with everything coming down to it being turned in to something close to a stoner movie.

Jay Chou in The Green Hornet (2011)

So with that in mind we get an incredibly weak storyline which establishes things in the most basic of ways; Britt hated his demanding father whilst being a money wasting slacker who partied his life away. We learn how he meets Kato who is really the brains and muscles behind it all whilst we also get to meet Britt's secretary Lenore Case, hired because she is smoking hot. It is so boring I began to wonder how "The Green Hornet" got passed for release and I almost wonder if it was a case that the studio had spent so much money on it they just wanted to recoup some of that money.

Now I could go on about the special effects, the villains and so on but the trouble with "The Green Hornet" is that they made it as a Seth Rogen comedy and watching Britt being a spoilt slacker with out a clue is weak. It isn't funny and ends up surprisingly lame with one moment of comedy backfiring after another to the point it verges on becoming entertaining for being bad.

What this all boils down to is that "The Green Hornet" didn't do it for me and found it bordering on the terrible and I would imagine those who were a fan of the character before this movie will find it poor also. About the only people who might enjoy this vision of "The Green Hornet" are fans of Seth Rogen and his brand of comedy.