Movie Review: The Green Hornet (2011)

Synopsis: After a successful newspaper publisher dies unexpectedly, his slacker son, Britt Reid, partners with his father's former mechanic (a genius inventor and martial arts expert) to form a crime fighting duel.

Who's in it? The movie stars Seth Rogan, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz, Christoph Waltz and Jamie Harris.

Review: We were under a heat advisory yesterday afternoon and, since I was pretty much wiped out from mowing our lawn earlier, I decided to sit down on the couch and watch a movie. After some consideration, this is the one I wound up picking out.

Overall, my opinion of this movie was mixed. It wound up being better than I was expecting but, at the same time, there was definitely room for improvement.

I think my biggest problem with this movie is it never really gave me a reason to root for Britt (Rogan). To start, his motivation for becoming a crime fighter was a bit unclear. In fact, the movie almost makes it seem like he just did it out of boredom.

Then, once he did get started, it was still difficult to get on board with his whole "Green Hornet" persona. Simply put, he really didn't do a whole heck of a lot. His partner, Kato (Chou) did all the work. Maybe if the movie made an effort to show Reid's potential (he's secretly a super genius or possessed some other un-tapped superhero quality) it would have been different. But, since the movie seemed content to have him more as comic relief (including having him knock himself out for more than a week), that never happened.

I also feel like the movie wasted Cameron Diaz's character, Lenore. She obviously had the potential to have a real impact on the movie but, while Reid took advantage of some of that, the film focused more on his sexist comments and forming an unneeded conflict between him and Kato as both competed for her affection.

Final Opinion: Truthfully, since I wasn't big into comic books and have never seen the 1960s TV series, I really don't know enough about this hero to know how good of a portrayal this film really was. But, I do know, while it wasn't a complete train wreck (the final battle scene is kind of cool), it didn't do much to make me a Green Hornet fan.

My Grade: C-


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