Monday, 2 May 2011

DVD REVIEW: The Green Hornet - Seth Rogan, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz,

Release Date: 02/05/11


Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is a slacker by day, party animal by night... until he finds a serious career that's seriously cool: crime-fighting action hero. As the Green Hornet, he teams up with gadget wiz and martial arts master Kato (Jay Chou) to take down LA's underworld. Even Britt's assistant Lenore (Cameron Diaz) doesn't suspect this mismatched pair is the masked duo busting the city's toughest thugs led by Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). With style, swagger and an arsenal of awesome gear, the Green Hornet and Kato are doing justice their way, making every mission a mix of over-the-top action and outrageous comedy.


For me Seth Rogan as an actor is a bit hit or miss, at times he can be blisteringly funny whereas at others I’m left feeling luke warm and wander what was the point of having him in the film. So when I originally heard about him portraying The Green Hornet I was a little apprehensive, after all I had fond memories of his appearance in the Batman TV series (Episodes "A Piece of the Action" and "Batman's Satisfaction") and of the story where Burt Ward had to face Bruce Lee in a fist fight. So to say I was a little apprehensive is perhaps an understatement.

What actually arrives on the screen is, whilst part comedy, is a wonderful addition in the spirit of the original Green Hornet Radio series as well as a tip of the hat to the short lived TV series of the sixties. It had some decent characters and Seth’s ability to play a straight role with some twists actually brought the whole thing more into what the viewer expects from a modern superhero. Add an inspired casting of Jay Chou really brought the martial art aspect to the fore and with the rounding out of the cast with Cameron Diaz made this film highly enjoyable.

All in it had great action sequences, some wonderful inventions and when teamed up with a decent script as well as a superb cast made it an enjoyable film. Finally add decent pace and a villain that you’ll just love to hate and I got two hours of pure entertainment from this title especially when you look at the extra’s included on the disc which includes:
Filmmakers' Commentary
"Awesoom"-Gag Reel
Writing The Green Hornet
The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool

And I was pretty satisfied. A great hero requires a great set of wheels and whilst they could have utilised a brand new sporty model the chose to stick with a true American Classic. Great stuff.

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