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.