THE GREEN HORNET (2010 U.S.) D: MICHEL GONDRY W: SETH ROGEN/EVAN GOLDBERG P: NEAL H. MORITZ
George W. Trendle`s radio hero had been the subject of two 40`s serials, a 60`s tv show and a movie out of Hong Kong before Hollywood took a crack at a feature film. Unfortunately for fans of vintage thrills hoping for a souped-up modern action adventure, they cast Seth Rogen as the titular character and even let him write the damn thing (with PINEAPPLE EXPRESS etc. partner Goldberg, both Executive Producers). What a surprise, Hollyweird lets us down again, but let`s work with what we`ve got. Rogen is Britt Reid, a spoilt, wealthy layabout who inherits his dead father (Tom Wilkinson)'s newspaper. Taiwanese idol Jay Chou is Kato, his chauffeur. Together they become a costumed crime-fighting team (Kato does all the martial arts) with a customised bulletproof car loaded with gadgets. Played for laughs, it`s almost an effective (if very broad) parody of the hero-and-sidekick relationship. There are (scattered) decent laughs, Rogen is actually well cast and less irritating than elsewhere and Gondry gives it all an interesting style (it was also originally in superfluous 3D). Action-wise, it`s passable, with some ok destructive set-pieces. Overall, more enjoyable than i expected, but i was expecting atrocious. If they`d have left out some of the smuttier comedy, it would make a pretty good kids film. Christoph Waltz is an amusing villain. With Cameron Diaz, David Harbour, Edward James Olmos, Edward Furlong, James Franco, THE WIRE`s Chad Coleman as Chilli and Jamie (son of Richard) Harris. A Reid vs. Kato fight seems inspired by THE PINK PANTHER movies.

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