THE GREEN HORNET
With Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson, Edward James Olmos, Edwared Furlong, David Harbour, James Franco
Written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Too young to have been around for the original Green Hornet TV series with Bruce Lee, I did however find and buy a Betamax copy at a flea market many years back, its cult status evident.
This modern big screen version adds a whole new comedic slant to it by Rogen and Goldberg. The spoiled (and affection starved) son of a newspaper mogul inherits his father's empire. On discovering his Asian butler's amazing abilities after a thug attack, they team up and with unlimited funds slap together some killer crime-fighting gimmicks and gadgets (including a killer car and weapons) to sort out the city's bad guys. They decide to act as though they are new powerful criminals, squashing their “competition”, and controlling the reports of it in the family newspaper (via a new good looking employee). Dubbing himself The Green Hornet, he is the front while his side-kick does all the work, but an antiquated crime-lord reinvents himself and is set to take them out.
French music video genius and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind director Michel Gondry directs, and while it seems like an odd movie for him to take on, his sensibility definitely gives it a more unique feel than a regular American action director.
4 / A
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished