On-Camera Review: The Green Hornet

by Eric Melin on January 14, 2011

in Video Reviews

Here’s my review of “The Green Hornet” from KTKA-49.

Early in “The Green Hornet,” Seth Rogen says to Jay Chou, his soon-to-be-partner-in-crimefighting—and I’m paraphrasing—“You know what the stupid thing about superheroes is? They announce to everybody that they’re good guys and all the villains need to do is start killing innocent people and they’ve got them! So let’s pretend we’re criminals while we actually fight crime!”

This central idea gives Rogen and director Michel Gondry free reign to wreck havoc in the most creative of ways all over Los Angeles—and the action scenes in “The Green Hornet” are deliriously fun and way over the top.

Rogen plays a millionaire heir who has never grown up and Chou is his sidekick—a notion that’s spoofed nonstop in the picture. If you think about it, “The Green Hornet” is a bromance in the same way that “Superbad” and “The Pineapple Express” were. There’s definitely something off-putting about Rogen’s constant boorish behavior in the movie, but the script’s stubbornness to let him grow too soon is … kind of its appeal too.

The bottom line? Gondry is an incredible visual stylist and he’s showing off in a way that fits perfectly with the loose style of the movie. Despite a lackluster villain in Oscar winner Christoph Waltz, “The Green Hornet” takes the well-worn conceit of the millionaire with toys who fights crime in new directions and doesn’t apologize for being goofy.

Eric is the Editor-in-Chief of Scene-Stealers.com and writes the Screen Stealers column for The Pitch. He’s President of the KCFCC, and drummer for The Dead Girls and Ultimate Fakebook. He is also Air Guitar World Champion Mean Melin. Eric goes to 11. Follow him at:

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Abby January 15, 2011 at 10:27 am

Well said, sir! I really liked “Green Hornet.” I kinda feel like all the bad press it’s been getting is coming from people who expected it to be a different kind of movie, to which I’d say: It’s Michel Gondry directing a superhero movie. What did you think you were going to get?


2 twojewsonfilm January 15, 2011 at 6:17 pm

we did not give this film a lot of bagels. Thought Seth Rogen was way too out of shape to be a super hero. He’s oneliners were so glib and not very funny. The car chases…well you’ve seen them all before and the 3D was far from great. The film was so unorginal. Check out our full review on our website.


3 Jason McElweenie January 16, 2011 at 12:16 pm

The bottom line? Gondry is an incredible visual stylist and he’s showing off in a way that fits perfectly with the loose style of the movie.

I could not disagree more. There were two small bits of Gondry in there that I saw. The rest seemed like some other action hero director could pull off. I was extremely disappointed at how little of Gondry I saw in that movie. His style was so muted he should have gotten an Executive Producer credit instead


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