Seth Rogen would not have been my first choice in the role of a superhero, but The Green Hornet is not your average superhero. Before The Green Hornet, Rogen was more about getting the laughs than anything else, so the growth of Rogen from that of comedic genious to a mature butt-kicking hero seemed like a stretch… until the movie began.
With an engaging story (co-written by Rogen) and slick cinematography, The Green Hornet suckered me in and kept me there for the entire film. Rogen is the man and The Green Hornet is my choice of street-smart hero. If only the original TV series had this type of charisma.
My first and only memories of The Green Hornet was that it was “the show that followed Batman” as reruns of both the Dark Knight and the illustrious green one were shown after I got home from school in the 70s.
When compared to the campiness of the Adam West/Burt Ward Batman series, The Green Hornet featured the cool kicks and swings of Bruce Lee, but was often lost on the stories. I much more preferred the car than I did the actual heroes and The Green Hornet suffered from being a B-class superhero. With The Green Hornet movie, all the Batman comparisons are thrown out the window and the story became much more human.
Britt Reid (Rogen) is the son of LA's most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene – until his father mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father's more industrious and inventive employees, Kato (Jay Chou), they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves – protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.
Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato's clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt's new secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they begin hunting down the man who controls LA's gritty underworld.
Blu-ray bonus features include The Green Hornet Cutting Room Floor game, which you can edit your own car chase scene, Filmmakers' Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel and the making-of featurettes “Trust Me”-Director Michel Gondry, Writing The Green Hornet and The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool, The Stunt Family Armstrong, Finding Kato and The Art of Destruction, Easter Eggs “Jay Chou Audition” and “Double Barrel,” movieIQ.
I certainly hope this is only the beginning of The Green Hornet. I’m sure Rogen has many more stories to tell and his alter-ego Britt Reid can live again. The Green Hornet is better than most superhero flicks and has the right mix of action and comedy to please most viewers.