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The Green Hornet

January 11, 2011

“You don’t think I’m scary?” (Chudnofsky to James Franco’s Character)

I was one of the few lucky enough to catch a special screening of The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogen. Let me start off by saying, WOW! Never before have I seen such an entertaining, thrilling, and at the same time very comedic film. Director Michel Gondry does everything right to make this a blockbuster superhero movie. Put a comedy star, Seth Rogen, and mix him up with a kick-ass kung-fu mastered asian. What do you get? You get The Green Hornet… and his sidekick Kato. What is most interesting about this is that it’s a reportedly high budgeted movie, and they are leaving it in the hands of Michel and comedy superstar Seth Rogen as the writer.

I think Rogen has come a long way as an actor. He started in Freaks and Geeks and now an action superstar. When I heard that Seth Rogan was going to play the Green Hornet, I had my doubts. He often portrays the same character, the loser/stoner/nice guy. But Seth Rogen isn’t the only badass in this movie. Much of the fighting sequences are due to Jay Chou, who plays Kato. This is Chou’s first American role, which, for lack of a better phrase, is his first “actual acting role.” And he NAILS it.

“Think about this, Kato. We’ve been completely wasting our potential. This city needs our help. We could be heroes! We will pose as villains to get close to the bad guys. That way, no one will suspect we’re really the good guys! Will you come with me on this adventure?”

I’m not saying this movie is flawless, because it’s not, it’s actually very flawed. A bunch of the jokes fell flat and the dialogue was sometimes weak. For example, in one of the first scenes, Brit (Seth Rogen) is at a party being his usual drunken self, which didn’t necessarily fit the original Green Hornet’s personality. Another reason is that a lot of the funny jokes were already mentioned in the trailer, which was really a let down. Aside from that, the rest of the film is a really fun ride.

I like this movie because its a break from all of the serious films being released. It’s actually smart being written as more of a comedy then a drama, which will most likely upset die-hard fans of Hornet. Obviously, with Seth Rogen in it, and most of you judging by the trailer, it’s obviously not a crime drama. I’m not saying it isn’t completely silly, but most of it is, which most audiences will enjoy. So I highly recommend this film, go see it!

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