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The Hornet that's never really managed to leave a sting...
The Green Hornet (DVD)
Member Name: macca83
The Green Hornet (DVD)
Advantages: can be quite clever, funny and witty at times
Disadvantages: most of the time seems better spent talking loads of crap rather than doing a lot of action.
** film only review ** The Green Hornet, I have to admit, never really sounded like it was going to be a great film when I first heard of it. I am a fan of Seth Rogen and enjoyed quite a lot of his hilariously immature 'coming of age' films that many will be able to relate to on some level.
This, however, is an entry into perhaps, the 'better left forgotten' category.
Now, don't get me wrong. it's not a BAD film. It's just that, well, it's not very good.
It makes Seth Rogen's entry in the league of superhero films, and whilst it is stylish, the action scenes are fluid and entertaining, and the dialogue can be quite funny, it is definately missing something. Now, I know, I know - some of you will say 'Well, it's a superhero film - it's MEANT to be a bit shallow and a bit like a popcorn film'. But you see, I disagree. I wanted this to be good. I'll be the first to admit I'm a Marvil fan over DC any day but some of the stuff they have been producing lately have made me stand up and take notice (the new Batman series in particular). I wanted this under-rated and quite gritty superhero story to come to life! It's a great concept, in a similar vein to Kick-Ass, but with a sidekick who can actually fight. It seems as though they've made a film where the main character takes no responsibility but takes all the credit.
The film revolves around a newpaper magnate's son, Britt Reid (The Green Hornet, played by Seth Rogen), who teams up with his father's aide, Kato (played wonderfully by Jay Chao), who is a master at technology, martial arts and making the perfect coffee (yes, really). They decide to help their city by becoming masked crime fighters. The Green Hornet picks a fight, and Kato clears up the mess, whilst their cool gear and gadgets are paid for by Britt's vast inheritance.
I wish I could say that there was a little more to the film than this - but in watching it, all I saw was one spoiled rich kid, wanting to fight crime. The morals and precent leading up to Britt and Kato becoming masked vigilantes seemed weak and silly. It seemed just like any other generic cash-grabbing entry into the popularity of superhero franchises, and that's all it seemed like, to me.
Sorry, you may disagree with me, and I will admit I didn't know too much about the Green Hornet before this, but it sure didn't leave me wanting to know any more. And that, in itself, tells me all I need to know - that to me, it was flimsy entry into the genre and one that, ultimately, will be forgotten.
Summary: A fairly average film that has a few entertaining scenes - but never delivers the sting it promises