Rating: 4/5; Really liked it. Add-to-your-collection worthy.
Release Date: January 14, 2011
Britt Reid, son and heir to Los Angeles' largest newspaper fortune, is a rich, spoiled playboy who has been happy to maintain a direction-less existence. When his father James Reid dies, Britt meets an impressive and resourceful company employee, Kato. They realize that they have the resources to do something worthwhile with their lives and finally step out of James Reid's shadow. Kato builds the ultimate weapon, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car with every weapon imaginable and Britt decides that in order to be heroes, they will pose as villains. With the help of Britt's new secretary, Lenore Case, they learn that the chief criminal in the city is named Benjamin Chudnofsky. He has united all the gangs under his power, and he quickly sees that the Green Hornet is a direct threat to the prosperous criminal underworld he controls.
As many of you may already know this movie is based on the radio show The Green Hornet. Later there were comic books and the short lived, but amazing (so I hear/read since I never saw it as it was before my time) T.V show that starred Van Williams and Bruce Lee (I think his movies were very fun even as a little girl). Let me tell you right off the bat that you're going to love (at the very least really like) this movie if you're looking for a fun movie to watch that makes you laugh and entertains your socks off.
The pathetic Britt Reid starts off wasting his life away while his father slaves away with his newspaper business which has the goal of delivering honest no nonsense news. After the unfortunate death of Britt Reid's father, Reid inherits the family business. Soon he finds out about Kato, an employee of theirs. They become friends after Reid requests Kato to "tell [him] his tale" (so funny!) which later leads to the both of them creating the superhero, The Green Hornet. With Reid's money, newspaper, insane idea, and Kato's crazy martial arts and other skills, they both fight crime by pretending to be the bad guys. This of course will not do with the crime boss Chudnofsky (played by Christoph Waltz) who is very insecure about what others think of his badassness. He wants to be feared and be the only one feared.
As of this moment The Green Hornet has not been rated, but I'd say it's in between PG-13 and Rated-R for violence which they even go through the trouble of zooming into. I for one, was not a fan of that (it was just unnecessary and wasted time). Either way, it's basically like a little boy's dream. Tons of action with the stereotypical hilarious and silly bad guy, fun fight scenes, and cute brotherly moments between Britt Reid and Kato. It's so cute how Britt hugs Kato and the whole Chinese brother thing. I can't remember how to say it, I'm sorry.
To be honest, I was a bit hesitant concerning Jay Chou's acting. According to one of his fans (my sister), he is not an English speaker (not a problem here because Kato's not supposed to be) and I've heard/read he's not a great actor. I thought he did a great job though. He kicked ass like no one's business and was extremely charming. I think I may end up becoming a fan. Seth Rogen was also very charming, but I expected that since that's just how he is. I have to say I liked everyone's acting.
I recommend this movie. I for one, loved it and had tons of fun watching it. What I liked the most was how child-like it was. It's almost like a Disney movie, but with blood and violent deaths. This one's for the inner child in adults who watch movies similar to this one. I know I will buy it when it's released on blu-ray (on sale of course because I'm cheap as dirt when it comes to expenses) and I'm already recommending it to everyone I know. That probably tells you it's worth the ticket.
I can't comment on what the 3D was like for this one since this early screening was not in 3D. I honestly don't think it needs it so I doubt that would contribute in any way. If possible, I advise you watch it in 2D and save yourself the money.
By the way, there are a few cameos by some unexpected actors which just adds to the fun! Highlight the following (spoiler alert!) to know who they are:
Edward Furlong - I had the biggest crush on him when he came out on Terminator 2: Judgment Day (one of my all-time favorite movies). Haven't seen him in anything lately. Don't really have a crush on him anymore...
James Franco - love him! Unlike Furlong, he's everywhere. There are more but I don't remember them all by name. Supposedly Dave Chapelle made a cameo, but I don't remember seeing him.
Favorite moments (highlight to see and beware of possible spoilers):
- As previously mentioned, I loved it when Britt hugged Kato. It was so cute and just added to the appeal of going on an adventure with a friend.
- When Britt/Seth Rogen and Lenore Case/Cameron Diaz high five each other like a couple of school kids. That was cute.
- The sushi flashdrive and how Britt/Seth Rogen reveals it. So child-like and adorable.
For those who enjoy/ed:
- Kick-Ass movie (r.ed here)
- The Hangover - the whole guys getting into "trouble" thing reminds me of this one
- Michel Gondry -director of The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (loved it!), director of Mad World music video (news to me!) by Michael Andrews and Gary Jules (love love), well, this guy's done a lot of neat things
- Seth Rogen comedies
- Pineapple Express
- Jay Chou (my sister and former boss loooove him!)
- Official Green Hornet (2010): website/Twitter/
Have fun watching as I know you will! Be sure to let me know what you thought!