The Green Hornet (2011) Movie Review

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The Green Hornet is an action-packed, high-tech and fast-paced movie based on a variety of media.  Digging into a little bit of history, the Green Hornet has been a comic book series, radio program and even a brief network television series in 1967.  This 21st century adaptation stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Cameron Diaz.  After the death of his father, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is forced to take over the family business of publishing the LosAngeles Daily Sentinel newspaper.  One fateful night, instead of partying hard, Reid and his newfound friend/driver thwart a robbery.  This event gives birth to an alter ego, otherwise known as the Green Hornet.  I love the sheer genius of Kato (Jay Chou), Reid’s right-hand man that pretends to be his subordinate.  Without him, the Hornet’s notoriety would be obsolete.  As a Christian, I thought that Seth’s character was a bit raunchy and profane for my tastes, but he managed to grow a heart.  He is truly a lovable idiot who eventually (and hilariously) turns into a crime-fighting mastermind.  Cameron Diaz played a refreshingly smart secretary that gets caught in a weird love triangle of sorts. 

The action has that Adam West/Burt Ward-Batman-television-series feel to it – campy, yet still high-tech and entertaining.  Kato’s brilliant car designs definitely rival the Bat-mobile!  The villain, Chudnofsky, is a formidable opponent but not one of the most memorable foes in history.  However, he does manage to be psychotic, old-fashioned, and comical all at the same time. 

The characters were well-cast and the plot has plenty of comedy in it to balance the intense action scenes.  This movie was a terrific kick-off to the year of 2011.  It even has great sequel potential, if the villains could be smarter and cooler.  I especially enjoyed the social dynamics between Reid and Kato as they solved various crimes.

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