Movie Review: The Green Hornet (2011)

I never gave much credit to The Green Hornet as a superhero, especially after watching reruns from the 1960's television series. The 1960's Green Hornet seemed more like a gimmicky detective with an uber-talented colleague (Bruce Lee as Kato).

Not much has changed in the 2011 version where Seth Rogen stars as the eponymous Green Hornet and Jay Chou as Kato. Our hero is still unimpressive and Kato is still kick-ass.

What makes the this year's version interesting is the use of the incompetence of The Green Hornet as a plot mechanism-- it's as if the movie embraces the fact that The Green Hornet is a B-list hero. Also, the film tries to pull-off an Iron Man/Tony Stark dynamic by giving Britt Reid, The Green Hornet's alter ego, a personality (as opposed to Batman/Bruce Wayne).

Despite the nice gimmicks and chase scenes, the film never rises beyond the campiness and the thin story. Rogen (who also serves as the film's executive producer) could have at least made his character more of an affecting caricature, but he stayed on the safe side.

Alas, The Green Hornet remains in the B-List of superheroes, even with this impressive-looking update.

Rating: 2.5/5