The Green Hornet
After his father’s sudden death, slacker and playboy Britt Reid inherits his late father’s media empire. But Britt finds a new purpose in life when he teams up with his employee and martial arts expert Kato to fight crime, disguised as villains.
Writer and star Seth Rogen plays the slovenly, arrogant Britt/Green Hornet. While Brit is not always a likeable person, he’s funny and genuinely wants to do the right thing. On the other hand, Kato (played by Jay Chou) is brilliant, talented and cute – the complete opposite of Britt. Which may be what makes the duo work on screen. Christoph Waltz plays the villain Chudnofsky, who unfortunately is as dull and two dimensional as they come. Still, the dialog is witty and saves his scenes. The PG-13 rating is warranted for language and plenty of stylized violence that usually involves Chudnofsky.
I had extremely low expectations going in, as Seth Rogen’s other films have never appealed to me. But I ended up more than pleasantly surprised with the clever dialog, fantastic special effects, and a decent story. And the car, Black Beauty, just about stole the show with her endless gadgets and impossible (see recent Mythbuster’s episode) abilities. If you’re looking for a light-hearted action flick with lots of laughs, look no further. The Green Hornet is certainly buzzworthy.
The Green Hornet releases January 14th in theaters everywhere.