The Green Hornet is not your typical superhero flick. There is no epic transformation or acquiring of super human powers. Seth Rogen plays Britt Reid a lazy rich playboy who has never done anything in life but party and sleep around.
The film starts out with Britt as a young boy being reprimanded by his father (Tom Wilkinson) who doesn’t really give Britt the time of day. Jump 20 years later and we see the rich playboy he’s become. When his father dies suddently, he inherits the fortune and his father’s newspaper. But on one fateful night, when trying to sever the head off his father’s statue, he and his father’s mechanic Kato, encounter a mugging and subsequently save the victims.
Britt decides they should become superheroes using Kato’s genius and Britts… well nothing really. Humor? The two begin a spree of heroic adventures under the guise of being criminals. The head drug dealer in LA (played by Christoph Waltz) doesn’t like the new “criminals” on his turf, so he sets his sites on getting rid of the Green Hornet.
The film is less a action hero flick a la Spider-Man and more a comedy adventure.The good thing about the film is that it knows it. It’s not trying to be a serious superhero movie, nor does it rely solely on special effects and epic battle scenes to carry it along. It’s a comedy. And we wouldn’t expect anything less from Rogen who co-wrote and produced the film.
Rogen plays his part well. If you are a Seth Rogen fan you will probably really enjoy this movie. He’s up to his usual antic and classic Rogen comes out at almost every turn.
The real breakout star though is Jay Chou who plays the lovable and uber talented Kato. Chou has some very funny lines and he delivers them well. The chemistry between Rogen and Chou really makes this film enjoyable to watch.
The only really big problem with the film is the 3-D conversion. The film wasn’t shot in 3-D and you can tell. The 3-D effects are more distracting than thrilling. There are times when things on the screen should have flown into the audience, but it all just falls flat and adds absolutely nothing.
Overall, the film doesn’t take itself too seriously and if you don’t either, you will enjoy this comedic action-adventure film.