Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Action,Comedy The Green Hornet (2011)

The Green Hornet (2011)

The Green Hornet is an action comedy based on the old radio show/TV series.  It is set in a modern day city, starring Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, and Christoph Waltz.

The film begins with a prequel scene of Britt’s (Seth Rogen) father being cruel before moving on to the main time setting.  When His Father dies, Britt is left in charge of a company he does not want.  In an attempt to vandalize a monument of his father with the help of Kato (Jay Chou), who made his coffee, he ended up trying to help save a young girl being robbed (trying implying that Kato did most of it).  So they decide they want to help people, but realize that if they sell themselvees as heroes, innocents could be used against them.  So instead Britt uses his asset of the news to sell himself as a criminal.  A crime lord, Chudnofski (Christoph Waltz), takes notice and begins to feel threatened and tries to eliminate the Green Hornet.  Britt and Kato have a big fight and it looks like Chudnofski might get to the Hornet after all.

One major aspect, what I personally think is the most important for a film, is acting.  Jay Chou, an amazing musician by profession, played Kato extremely well.  In a scene where he is on a mission in the Hornet’s stead, you can’t tell he’s acting, he really became his character.  This scene was particularly difficult because he was playing a character that was playing a character as pretending to be a criminal.  Even at the climax of the scene, nay, especially at the climax, you almost couldn’t tell it was the same Kato until, lo and behold, he pulled through!  His performance captured the audience, which is more than I can say for Seth Rogen.  There are many problems with him in this movie, but the worst is certainly his 2-dimensional performance of Britt Reid.  His jokes were not funny and right in your face, like the scene when he thought he was “totally gonna make out” with the supporting actress.  It is quite clear that he was playing Seth Rogen, not Britt Reid. His performance is so far from what must have been originally scripted that the entire transformation/personal growth scene seemed incredibly forced.

Speaking of bad scripting, who wrote the script? Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.  I can say that without a doubt there is one and only one way the script of this film was so inconsistent in it’s ability to make us laugh and be involved: Seth Rogen rewrote parts of the script to fit what he thinks is funny or that would fit his version of the character.  The scenes with Rogen’s character are horribly written, while many other scenes are absolutely brilliant.  Is this just due to acting?  I think not.  In the scene where the Hornet makes his hirst fust on a drug facility, he stumbles aroud trying to be cool and important, whereas in Chudnofski’s scenes, his lines are bad, but bad on purpose.  we laugh at Chudnofski  because his lines are so well written that the “bad lines” are really just a part of the character’s personality.  Rogen’s bad lines are just plain bad.

I think the film not just had potential to be good, I think if it wasn’t for one giant mistake, it could have been one of the funniest movies that was still engaging and interesting.  It could have been a very memorable film, but it made a mistake, and it paid for it.  Seth Rogen.  The film is now ruined.  I wouldn’t normally complain about just one actor, but it was so painfully obvious what had happened.  I now have so much more respect for all who had the displeasure of working with him.  But at least whoever edited this film knew exaactly how much Seth Rogen we could take without screaming.

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