Since I have at least somewhat liked most of the movies I’ve seen about superheroes, I wanted to see Green Hornet even though I didn’t know much about the character and I don’t care that much for Seth Rogen.
There was a Green Hornet television show and the characters has been featured in comic books as well. I sort of remember seeing some of the television show, but I don’t remember much of anything about it. Even without remembering much, I’m sure that the movie is a lot sillier. I also don’t think that the main character, Britt, was such an obnoxious jerk, in the television show.
Green Hornet manages to be an entertaining movie overall. It has a decent origin story for how Britt decides to fight crime as the Green Hornet. The plot isn’t overly complicated, and some of the developments are rather weak. The subplot that I didn’t care for the most deals with Lenore, the attractive woman that Britt hires as his assistant. Britt and Kato are both interested in her and sort of chase after her, with Britt acting like a big idiot about it. That aspect of the movie just didn’t work well for me. I also felt like Cameron Diaz didn’t really fit the part either.
There is a decent amount of action in Green Hornet and a few scenes get rather violent. The action scenes are done well, though there is some slow motion and other odd effects in a few of the scenes. I think the odd effects were somehow tied to the movie being released in 3D as well.
Britt and Kato are interesting, though Britt is such a jerk, it is hard to like him or be interested in him at times. He’s rude and obnoxious much of the time. I think a big reason for that is that Seth Rogen played the part. He is also one of the writers of the movie. Rogen’s characters have seemed like jerks to me in some of his other movies as well. In interviews that I’ve seen of Rogen, he comes across the same way. He acts like a self absorbed jerk with a very high opinion of himself and his acting abilities. Britt just seems to be a thinly veiled version of Rogen.
While I have issues with how Britt acts and certain plot elements, I did enjoy Green Hornet overall. It manages to work as an entertaining superhero type movie.
I did get a review posted on Epinions after seeing the movie in the theater.