The Green Hornet (2011) – 5/10 crime-fighting hero action movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Seth Rogen
Writer: Evan Goldberg
Creator The Green Hornet radio series: George W. Trendle
Producer: Neal H. Moritz
Executive Producer: Seth Rogen
Executive Producer: Evan Goldberg
Seth Rogen: Britt Reid a.k.a. The Green Hornet
Jay Chou: Kato a.k.a. Kato!
Cameron Diaz: Lenore
Tom Wilkinson: James Reid
Christoph Waltz: Chudnofsky
Edward James Olmos: Axford
David Harbour: Scanlon

Green Hornet, The (2011)

Britt Reid is a layabout playboy who resents his holier-than-thou newspaper publisher father. One night, he and his coffee maker, Kato, interrupt a mugging and Reid sees that fighting crime can be a fun and worthwhile diversion.


Certainly never clicking, this is an interesting nearly-good film with some good ideas but Rogen and Jay Chou needed chemistry and the script needed polishing. Gondry does supply a couple of interesting visual moments with one absolutely baffling how-did-they-do-that split-screen shot where each shot splits into two but seamlessly continues. The main problem is pretty clear: Rogen is, surprisingly, not terribly likable as Britt Reid and there is little convincing development; indeed, late in the movie, there is a inexplicable regression which loses any building goodwill. The second problem is Cameron Diaz who, sorry to say, does not convince here as an expert journalist and has definitively aged past the point of playing young bimbos (even with brains). It’s distracting and a shame, as she’s a far more charming and interesting actress than a bimbo role offers.

This movie contains mild swear words, adult dialogue and violence, some scenes of brief but extremely unpleasant violence.

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.


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