The Green Hornet (2011) Review

 A fairly faithful rendition of the original masked crusaders, clearly the film was intended to reintroduce the duo to a new generation of adults. For those who are not comic book or movie buffs, I have learned the original green hornet was portrayed by the gifted Bruce Lee and Van Williams, martial arts guru and master to many forms of self-defence. The original airing of the green hornet began as a radio show, which became a short lived television series spanning from 1966-67.  But enough of the history lesson, there were certain parts of the movie where the actors responses and behaviours which were realistic to what you or I would do. With many nineteen-fifties and sixties television series, the humour was borderline slapstick. At other times I felt the emotional reactions were out of place or over exaggerated, even for an already over the top film. The attempt at creating chemistry between Kato and Lenore came along successfully but was cancelled out in the story prematurely. The scene were Lenore Case and Kato play piano closely together, obviously interested in each other, but Lenore Case pulls back, as if suddenly she does not have feelings for him at all. This plot device could have been more effective, had the film been longer. The supposed love triangle between, Kato, Lenore Case and Britt Reid had potential to be acted far stronger than it had been. The competition between them seemed more viscous, which would detract from their brotherly bond. The jealousy between Kato and Britt Reid seemed almost volatile and explosive with anger, which seemed to come virtually out of nowhere initially.  Aside from these critical points, the acting was enjoyable, entertaining and at momentary glimpses methodically acted. I must admit to loving the Hollywood standby for loud, thrilling action films. The concept of heroes in disguise immediately drew my attention, as I was pleasantly surprised Seth Rogen’s capability to play a semi-serious role. In my personal opinion perhaps one of the overlooked performances of the early year and now bear no doubts of his ambition or desire to take on more complex roles in the future. Rogen projects an unspoken depth in Britt Reid, which I did not anticipate, considering most of his roles have been default comedic. But cannot and will not deny his utter talent to cultivate the personality and character of his part. On behalf of the less known actor in my repertoire Jay Chou executed Kato with a confidence most often displayed in actors such as Pacino, De Niro and Clooney, which would have made the great Bruce Lee proud. Unfortunately I was slightly disappointed by Cameron Diaz, Lenore Case seemed quiet intelligent and independent, but was not the supposed “master mind” of the operation. Though she strongly assisted in the research of the green hornet and uncovering of the fraudulent dealings with the district attorney Frank Scalon and The Daily Sentinel, her playing hard to get came across as more fickle, unevenly ranging from subtle brush offs to boisterous freak outs. All criticisms put aside a definite 8/10 for stylistic visuals, imagination and solid directing.

Performances: 7/10  Directing: 8/10  Script/Dialogue: 8/10  Cinematography: 10/10

Overall rating:  9/10


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