Dave's Rating:

3.0

Super-not-bad-at-all

Who's In It: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz, Tom Wilkinson

The Basics: Seth Rogen is the directionless, hard-partying doofus son of a billionaire newspaper titan. When his father dies under mysterious circumstances and a brutal druglord threatens to take over Los Angeles, the spoiled heir and his technical advisor/fighting coach/mechanic/guy-who-does-basically-everything pal Kato become a pair of masked vigilantes. They also ride around in the most gadget-filled car in the world. Think Superbad (Rogen and writing partner Evan Goldberg created both that film and this) meets superhero origin story, one where the dark knight is more Beavis/Butthead than Batman.

What's The Deal: Early in the movie Rogen tells everyone he's going to call himself "The Green Bee" before Kato invents the more menacing name. And then as you watch the story unfold and stumble and digress and stall in holding patterns of pointless goofiness and, for a minute late in the game, turn into Bjork's "Bachelorette" video, you realize that the film does, in fact, more resemble a bee flitting from flower to flower than a hornet out to make a sharp point. That's because Rogen/Goldberg and director Michel Gondry, three people with apparently no interest in making a typical superhero/action movie, have somehow been given the money to do just that. And this needs to happen more often, I think. Give me loose, idiosyncratic, comic meandering over stone-faced business-as-usual any day. It isn't the movie you're expecting, but it's got its authors' grubby handprints all over it.

Best Parts They Forgot to Tell You About In The Trailer: Nothing in the marketing of this movie suggests you're going to see any sort of cool action pile-up. But then, in the last 30 minutes, they unleash a tornado of violence, fighting, car chases, gun battles and stuff exploding. It makes you wonder if they felt embarrassed to be doing something so obvious, trying instead to sell it based on Seth Rogen making rubbery faces and rapping to vintage Coolio songs. But yeah, spoiler, all that satisfying mayhem is in here. They even use sloppy 3D to throw a bunch of car parts and fireballs at your face. And if 3D is going to look not-so-great, that's the least they can do to make it up to you.

Most Michel Gondrian Element: Unless you're a fan of Taiwanese pop music, you haven't seen Jay Chou before. He's a musician, a huge star in China, meaning that when its released over there they'll probably call it Kato Saves The Big Dumb Guy. And before acting in this movie he didn't speak a word of English. Everything you see him saying on screen was acquired specifically for the film and it gives every scene he's in an odd, clunky quality that's boosted by his strange comic timing. Some people will call that annoying; I call it daring and cool.

Entire Project Distilled Into One Scene: Everybody chasing and killing each other over a piece of fake sushi.

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Comments (14)

daniel - 1-13-2011 5:49 PM
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this is probally my favorite review so far. you're not craaazy about it, but you don't hate it. very excited to see this!

Prima - 1-13-2011 8:46 PM
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Rogen is still too ugly to play a superhero.

Matt - 1-13-2011 9:30 PM
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What a great way to spin this movie as a comedy. The Green Hornet is a B-rated hero anyway, so why not make it humorous.

Taylor Gagliardi - 1-15-2011 6:07 PM
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I 100% loved this movie! It was hilarious, action packed, and just a flat out fun ride! A must see in my opinion. KATO RULES!

Eduardo - 1-16-2011 3:40 PM
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As a fan of the original series and a father I was disappointed not only with the movie in general but also with the lame reviews. Product placement at his best for the future replacement target audience. Alcohol as a lubricant in life meaningful affairs and its conceptions, message if any not substantiated by the narrative. A supposed 21 years old ( legal drinking age )not only acting as but with the dialog of a 14 years old. Poor script and wording. kindly stated: A missed opportunity to infuse much needed values.......sad. Can I have my money back?

Steve - 1-18-2011 3:22 PM
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This movie was very entertaining. Jay Chou's stole the movie in my opinion. He's be the star in his next flick, not the side-kick.

alafiya khan - 1-20-2011 7:31 AM
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I really enjoyed the movie specially KATO character. If you ask me describe it in one word, than I would say - Excellent! Must Watch.... http://www.facebook.com/THEGREENHORNETMOVIEUAE

Thomas - 1-20-2011 6:15 PM
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The movie was fine, just a hair under Iron Man 2 enjoyment-wise. The 3d on the other hand, was horrible. Actually, the trailers preceding the movie had decent 3d effects, unlike the movie itself. Please guys, if you're gonna charge me an extra $3.50 for 3d make sure I get some value out of it. In other words folks, wait for blu ray on this one unless you can see it 2d.

Tim - 1-21-2011 1:40 PM
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One of the worst movies that I have ever seen. Rogan should never be allowed to write and/or direct a movie. Nothing like the original Green Hornet. Rogan is not funny and why...oh why is there so much unneeded profanity. I have learned that if one of these so called experts says that a movie sucks, I end up liking it. If they like it...I think it sucks. Go figure...

FLAKER - 1-24-2011 10:15 AM
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Uhhh, rogan, uhhhh, STOP SHOWING YOUR BIG MEXICAN MAMA

AL - 1-24-2011 12:20 PM
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Not what I had expected. No comparison to Batman or IronMan. This was more of a 10 year old movie to watch. I watched all the original ones when I was growing up and even those were much much beter than this remake.

Spawn - 1-26-2011 12:15 PM
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I love this movie from the start so stop hate on the movie in joy the movie have fun u peaple just so dumb it made 40 + so wat if its funny

sue229 - 2-04-2011 12:38 PM
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i saw this movie 2 times.awesomeeeee:p

Tim - 2-12-2011 8:49 PM
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I don't know what the big deal about this movie is. All of my friends made fun of me for seeing it and I really didn't think it was that bad. For a superhero comedy, I liked it, even if the plot was a little weak. It was a fun spin of a movie that wasn't the best, but was enjoyable at the least.

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