The Green Hornet (2011)

The Green Hornet (2011) — First off, post-conversion 3D has gotten a bad name based on the shitty job done on movies like Clash of the Titans and The Last AirbenderThe Green Hornet took its time with the 3D post-conversion so it DOESN’T look like murky shit.  I don’t really think the 3D added much to the movie but it was done totally fine.  As for the movie itself it as pretty damn funny with occasional glimpses of the stylistic brilliance we’ve come to expect from director Michel Gondry.  Steh Rogen co-wrote the script with Evan Goldberg as he did with Superbad and Pineapple Express.  Like those movie Green Hornet takes the form of a “bromance,” this time between rich slacker Britt Reid and Kato.  This movie address one of the most obvious things about the old TV series: Kato is way cooler than the Green Hornet.  Jay Chou, despite being barely intelligible with his thick accent, is pretty awesome in the role.  Seth Rogen plays pretty much the same character he played in Knocked Up or Pineapple Express, but this time as a superhero.  If that sounds like a negative criticism, it’s not.  The whole thing works surprisingly well.  Christoph Waltz also does well as a master criminal who is very insecure about his image.  The movie is funny throughout and has some pretty cool action sequences (like when normal-speed Kato fights a bunch of slow-mo bad guys) and cool stylistic flourishes.  With all the 2010 Oscar bait flooding theaters right now, The Green Hornet may not be the best thing out there, but it’s a solidly entertaining movie worth checking out.

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