The Green Hornet, a Mr. E Movie Review
Running time: 108 min. – Directed by: Michel Gundry – Starring: Seth Rogan, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, and Christoph Waltz.
With all the classic superhero movies being rebooted for release on the big screen these days none have more mature roots than that of The Green Hornet. Introduced originally as a popular radio show back in the 1940’s the jade hero also enjoyed a brief stint on television in the 1960’s co-starring the legendary martial artist Bruce Lee. But, this latest Green Hornet revamp starring Seth Rogan and Jay Chou has been given one heck of a Hollywood makeover resulting in what’s being described as an action packed, comedic blast.
When wealthy media mogul James Reid, played by Tom Wilkinson, dies suddenly from a bee sting his my-dad’s-rich-so-life’s-one-big-party son Britt, played by Seth Rogan, inherits his newspaper and his empire. Just as the city’s biggest criminal boss, played by Christoph Waltz, has decided in midst of a mid-life crisis that he wants to control all the crime in Los Angeles.
Following his father’s funeral and in search of his usually delicious morning coffee Britt finds Kato, played by Jay Chou. Kato was Britt’s fathers mechanic and oddly enough was in charge of making an incredible cup of coffee. The two begin to bond when they find that they both had a troubled relationship with the late Mr. Reid and decide together that they’re going to vandalize his memorial statue late one night. But instead the two find themselves saving a couple from being mugged and quickly decide that’s what their lives have been missing and that they now want to help others by taking on the city’s criminal element and its boss.
The film’s story flows perfectly and Michel Gundry’s visual approach to telling this story is awesome. From Kato’s slowed down point-of-view during altercations to all his supped up moves in the fight sequences Gundry’s special effects add such a complimentary element to the experience that they can only be rivaled by all the sleek gadgets Kato rolls out of his workspace.
As far as the acting goes the entire cast was superb including cameos by James Franco and Edward Furlong. As the lead Seth Rogan is excellent. Although this not-so-serious role doesn’t really seem that much of a stretch for him he owned it. But, hands down the films break out performance goes to Jay Chou. His moves, his attitude, his charisma all shine through in his role as Kato. He not only brought an entertaining action element but a comedic one as well.
So whether you’re an old fan or never even heard of The Green Hornet if your looking for a fun movie going experience seeing this not so serious hero movie is sure to leave you thoroughly entertained. I enthusiastically give it 4 out of 5.