In a world where superheroes dominate the silver screen, one film stands outside the rest. Around every corner a Marvel or DC movie continues to be released, but “The Green Hornet” is neither DC nor Marvel, and it is just as entertaining.
Seth Rogen wrote and starred in this film as Britt Reid, also known as “The Green Hornet.” Ever since he was a young boy, Brit’s father (Tom Wilkinson) always disapproved of the things he did. Twenty years later, Brit was able to step out of his father’s shadow when his father suddenly died of a bee sting. He inherited his father’s newspaper company (The Daily Sentinel), and was soon a millionaire, capable of obtaining anything he ever desired.
Soon after, he met Kato (Jay Chou), his father’s personal mechanic. Brit made fast friends with Kato when he was introduced to all of Kato’s gadgets. They then decided to use their gadgets for good deeds and The Green Hornet was born. Because police frown upon vigilantes, The Green Hornet was regarded as a criminal, so Brit and Kato decide to use that as their advantage. They decide to act like criminals so the real criminals won’t suspect a thing when they come in shooting.
They use his father’s newspaper to continue to promote themselves as criminals, and use the newspaper to officially title themselves “The Green Hornet”. Meanwhile Chudnofski (Christoph Waltz), an evil crime lord obsessed with being the scariest man in the world, gets word on The Green Hornet, and orders a hit out on them. It is up to Brit and Kato to take him down.
There are certain aspects to the movie that has been seen in other popular super-hero movies such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Batman, like using the newspaper to name the villains, a rich superhero that has no superpowers, so they have to rely on their spy gadgets to help them out, etc. Either of which can be seen as either a joke or lack of creativity. However, those details aren’t what make the movie. What makes the movie is the friendship held between Kato and Brit. Too many movies have a partnership that lacks the chemistry needed to make the movie fit together seamlessly, and that is exactly what this movie did right.
“The Green Hornet” came out to Blu-Ray and DVD on May 3rd 2011. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you give this one a try, you might be surprised how enjoyable it is.