Premiering this weekend on Starz was this January’s buddy comedy/superhero flick, “The Green Hornet”, starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou.
Rogen stars as Britt Reid, son of a millionaire publishing magnate. When his father passes away suddenly, Reid inherits his father’s newspaper, his mansion and his fortune. However, unbeknownst to him, the most valuable thing he inherits is the service of a skilled martial artist and mechanic who was in his father’s employ… Kato (Chou).
Both hilarity and action ensue.
I was genuinely surprised at how much I liked “The Green Hornet”.
I went with no expectations whatsoever. In fact, I was completely skeptical about its potential. Seth Rogen headlining a movie featuring a character that hadn’t been in the public eye since the late sixties? Plus, the “Development Hell” this movie went through is practically unparalleled. As “Development Hell”s go, “The Green Hornet” visited the Ninth Circle.
But then, a funny thing happened. Literally. This movie is funny!
The movie plays as a Buddy Comedy, with Reid and Kato getting to know each other and deciding to fight crime. Reid has been a spoiled good for nothing playboy his entire life, living off of his father’s wealth and fame. Shortly after he meets Kato, his father’s genius mechanic, the two have a run in with some street punks. After defeating them handily (well, after Kato defeats them handily), and then escaping the cops in their gadget equipped car, the two decide to become heroes and fight crime.
But it’s not as smooth as most superhero movies. Make no mistake, this is a superhero comedy. The main focus being the interplay between Kato and Reid, the Green Hornet. Kato has all the skills. He builds the gadgets, he kicks the ass. Reid has the money, sure, but in action he is NOT carrying his fair share. And yet the media latches on to him (The Hornet) as the hero. The friction this causes between the two crime fighters, above and beyond your typical buddy comedy antics, is definitely worth the price of admission. The villain (Waltz) has some funny moments as well. Even Diaz gets some laughs.
The action and plot here are fine, but they’re nothing memorable within the Super Hero genre by any means.
If you approach it going in knowing it’s a comedy though, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!!