Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Green Hornet - Getting the Basics Wrong

Michel Gondry made a significant film in Jim Carey's "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" so I was pretty excited with what he can do for "The Green Hornet". It's an adaptation of a popular comic series that I almost have no recollection of. But it seems interesting, if this was in the caliber of "Kick-Ass".

Unfortunately, it wasn't!

I had problems with its basic premise, and a few other issues. It wasn't that Seth Rogen wouldn't make a charming Britt Reid aka The Green Hornet. It was that from the very start, the spoiled Britt, heir to his powerful father's conglomerate, used up his resources for the wrong reasons!

Making headlines out of a fictional "villain"? Self advertisement? Manipulation of stories that are to be fed to the public? These are very valid concerns that shall constitute moral basis of a protagonist and integrity of a shady crime fighter - a "super hero". And what guarantees do we have that our hero won't easily crumple under pressure with heavier issues at hand? Do we really root for a guy who pretends to champion goodness when he can't even be honest enough to admit that it's actually his sidekick Kato (Jay Chou, whose accent is so thick I had to strain several times to get the punchlines) who's doing all the work? Comedic license or not, such deceptive traits won't endear him to me.

And I am not pleased!

Britt and sidekick Kato.

Christoph Waltz as the villain Chudnofsky.

Taiwanese heartthrob Jay Chou is Kato. He was in "Curse of the Golden Flower" and "Kung Fu Dunk."

Cameron Diaz is the feisty research assistant and secretary Lenore Case.

Cameron Diaz's next project is Jake Kasdan's comedy, "Bad Teacher" where she is pitted with Jason Segel and ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

The Green Hornet is Christoph Waltz's first movie project in 2 years after winning Oscar's Best Supporting actor for Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds". Prior to "Inglourious...", he appeared in almost 90 films and TV series in Austria. He will be seen next with Robert Pattinson in "Water for Elephants" and I am particularly excited with the film adaptation of the Westend play-adapted-to-film, Roman Polanski's "God of Carnage" with Jodie Foster, Kate Winslett, Matt Dillon & John C. Reilley. He will also star alongside Orlando Bloom in "The Three Musketeers".

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