Perhaps it’s not unusual for a movie to go through so many trials and tribulations, but I suppose I don’t usually hear about it. I’ve been hearing rumblings about a Green Hornet movie for years, way back to when Kevin Smith was tied to the project. Finally, a finished product is available for our waking eyes.
If you’ve been paying attention to the criticism surrounding this movie, you’ll notice it’s been pretty mixed. Some people liked the movie while other didn’t, but I haven’t heard too many extreme views where people hated it or heralded it as the best movie of the year. However, The Tomato Meter is currently at 45%, which is pretty low in terms of over all quality.
As for me, I enjoyed this movie. Sure, the re-imagining of Britt Reid was pretty far off the mark from the chore character, but then, the movie is starring Seth Rogen, so if you were expecting a hard hitting action drama… I don’t know what to tell you. That being said, The Green Hornet is a ton of fun, and I laughed out loud on multiple occasions, so that’s about as ringing an endorsement as you’re going to get from me when it comes to action comedy. I was also impressed with the performance by Jay Chou, who I’m not familiar with, but was immediately taken with. Frankly, the guy is a movie star, and he handled his scenes with scene-stealing-grace. I also want to take a moment and say how shocked I was by Cameron Diaz‘s performance – she didn’t giggle and snort like a crazy person at all, but instead, acted like a real person. In fact, I think that’s what worked best about this movie – the characters, for whatever one dimensional failings they may have, also are good at not stepping too far out of the box – at the end of the movie, Seth Rogen’s character has evolved and become a better Green Hornet than he was at the earlier stages of the movie, but its not like he’s doing flips and killing people – in fact, his big fighting evolution scene at the end of the movie is pretty funny because again, Britt Reid isn’t a trained fighter in this take of the Green Hornet, and it shows – which gives the Rogen casting all the more legitimacy, but then, as he has a writing credit, this movie is mostly his project.
I found that pacing worked nicely, but 119 minutes might be a little too long for this sort of action comedy styled drama. If you’ve ever wondered, “How many times can you have guys get hit in the balls in your movie without it ruining the movie?” this is the movie that answers that question! The violence also continued to escalate as the movie went on, and it exceeded the heights I had expected it to reach well before it was over – that’s not necessarily a criticism, and in fact, it’s probably an endorsement; this movie takes a lot more chances than I thought it would.
The Green Hornet is a fun action comedy, and if you’re a Seth Rogen fan, it’s a must see – he gives a great performance that I can’t help but believe, enjoy and never saw coming. If I had to pick one word to summarize this movie with, it would be surprising – and The Green Hornet surprises in a good way.