Jan 15, 2011

The Green Hornet Review

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Premise:
Britt Reid is an obnoxious, selfish, man-child in his late twenties who inherits his just-as-jerky father's newspaper company and millions of dollars after his death. Reid uses the help of a young Chinese genius named Kato who was under his father's employ as coffee-maker/mechanic to become the masked vigilante, The Green Hornet.


Standouts:
What stands out most about this movie is that it was pretty much what I expected when going into the theater. Groin-injury comedy, lots of over-blown special effects in action scenes, and parody of other superhero films. On the plus side, this was all done very well and there was a lot of fun had in dialogue and storytelling. For example, unlike most ... well, all films, a female character was undoubtedly the smartest in the film, and she doesn't so much as kiss or show romantic interest in anyone else.


My Highlights:
Listening to Gangster's Paradise, and all of the fight scenes. Seriously, if this film gets turned into a video game, it has a lot of potential to be awesome.


Overall Rating:
Though all of the action scenes contain at least one moment where even the most lenient in believability will say "yeah right!", there are plenty of self-aware plot holes such as why the overqualified criminologist is taking a temp job as a newspaper secretary, and just what the heck Kato's whole deal is, there's a lot of enjoyability and originality in this film. I have a strong sensation it won't get the respect it deserves by the masses, but I'll give it a very fair 4 1/4 *'s out of 5, or 8 1/2 *'s out of 10.


When You Should See It:
It was enjoyable but in my local theater it was only available to be seen in 3D. I truly hate the new fad of 3D films because the effect never seems justified for the price of admission. So if you're like me and don't dig the 3D, definitely give it a rent. It still deserves your time, but only if you aren't compelled to take movies seriously. I went to see this movie with a large group of people, and one person called it awful. I couldn't tell if they were stupidly nit-picky and couldn't appreciate any films, or if he was just a living troll.

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