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January 12, 2011

The Green Hornet


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The_green_hornet "The Green Hornet" suffers from an incoherent disconnect between its not-so-heroic title character and his upstaging sidekick Kato (well played by Jay Chou). The same obstacle plagued the '60s television series—it would have been unwatchable without Bruce Lee's charismatic presence. Seth Rogan's dual duties as co-writer and actor conflict here. Plot holes abound in a thinly written script that can't even manage to adhere to cinema's mandatory three-act structure. Rogan plays spoiled-brat-turned-superhero Britt Reid, a.k.a. the Green Hornet. Under Michel Gondry's typically fuzzy direction the tone swings wildly between cheesy comedy, painfully sincere irony, and senseless smash-'em-up spectacle. Reid takes over as publisher of his recently deceased father's Los Angeles newspaper and co-opts his dad's mechanic Kato. Together they team up as a crime-fighting duo posing as criminals. To say there's no rhyme or reason to this would-be fanboy franchise would be too generous. The future looks dim for any sequels for this waste of Hollywood's resources.

 Rated PG-13. 108 mins. (C-) (Two Stars - out of five/no halves)


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