Green Hornet Review by Xtra Butter
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars “At least my popcorn was comped.”
Okay, I’m going to be honest here and tell the truth…It took me four times to watch this movie before I actually finished it. It wasn’t because the movie had a long running time; it was because this flick was poorly developed, poorly casted and just outright BORING!
Now don’t get me wrong, the movie had potential, but somewhere down the line the wrong person started giving ideas. The opening seven minutes of the movie were solid and really set a tone that I hoped it would follow. However, the early tone set did not last and they just didn’t follow through. The writing got goofy and it was just too cheesy and dorky.
Christopher Waltz plays gangster Chudnofsky. The role starts off strong for Waltz but even he falls under the silly dialogue and just becomes too comical. His double-barreled Desert Eagle was the ultimate weapon for a bad guy, but his hardcore demeanor just becomes replaced by goofy mannerisms and nerdy monologues.
James Franco has a short stint in the opening seven minutes of the film and gives a nice touch to the beginning. The wordy monologue Franco has with Waltz is hilarious and well executed, but that was the extent of any clever writing. It would be safe to assume that a longer role for Franco in the Green Hornet may have made for a funnier film.
An old acting veteran makes his statement in the movie as well. Edward James Olmos is a nice addition to the movie and gives it a nice touch of seriousness. To me he had the same presence as Morgan Freeman’s character “Lucius Fox” in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series. He gets the “Best Performance” trophy for this film.
Okay, let’s get to the MAIN PROBLEM here! Seth Rogen was not right for this role; plain and simple. I loved Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express, The 40-Year Old Virgin, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, etc… but this role was not for him. Not to mention his character in the movie is completely unlikable. Rogen plays a spoiled brat hero that complains about his cappuccino?? Basically an asshole! Why would I root for this douche bag? The character was poorly developed and needed more genuineness to the role. In the end, a bad layout for a superhero character and bad casting ruined this movie.
Jay Chou plays the sidekick Kato. The character has always been the favorite of the series but this just came off as a poor imitation. Chou should have given his own different take on the character Kato instead of trying to act like Bruce Lee. Heath Ledger could have chosen to act like Jack Nicholson as the Joker, but instead he added his own original spin. Chou should have followed the same blueprints on that. Plus, I didn’t like the special-effects in Kato’s fighting sequences. The whole “Predator” type targeting system was unneeded and dumb. I would have kept it simple bad-ass martial arts fight scenes. You know, the Jet Li style fighting sequences we’ve come to love. Clean and crisp with good choreography.
The movie wasn’t a total bust though. The gadgets and special effects team did a great job with the weapons Kato makes and that car they designed is pretty bad ass! (Check it out) And on the note of badass, Cameron Diaz is also in the movie and we all know she’s always easy on the eyes. She plays her part well.
Overall, I did not feel the onscreen humor between Rogen and Chou. It mostly seemed childish and the chemistry was off. I’m telling you, if it weren’t for this website and the reviews I post, I would’ve bowed out of this one after the opening seven minutes. NEXT! ~Xtra Butter