The Green Hornet is one of those films that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and in some respects that benefits the film and in other ways it detracts from the film.
Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is living the high life in his massive mansion and then his father suddenly dies. Reid never seen eye to eye with his dad but he does feel a certain responsibility to continue his dad’s legacy of railing against criminality. He meets with an ex employee of his fathers, called Kato (Jay Chou) who unveils some secrets. Both men begin to take on the bad guys of the city by posing as crooks in order to get close to the real crooks.
Green Hornet is a fun film from start to finish. It never takes itself too seriously and it delivers some good laughs and fun action scenes. But the film’s lack of emotional weight begins to drag upon the film halfway through. Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) is the main villain of the film, but the talented Waltz never gets anything of interest to do. He merely goes through the clichéd villain routine.
Seth Rogen is an actor that I quite like in Judd Apatow style movies, but here he lacks the versatility to pull of any sort of emotional expressions. Rogen begins the film as a lazy and cocky schmuck and he ends the film in that fashion. I know this film isn’t meant to be a in-depth character study, but when compared to an Iron Man film, it pales in comparison.
However Jay Chou is much more entertaining, with his dry humour and his awesome combat moves. Chou thankfully saves the film from Rogen’s lacking performance. The Green Hornet is fun for what it is, but with a better villain and a more interesting plot it could have been much more.