Film #336: GREEN HORNET
1 out of 5 stars
In a few short words, GREEN HORNET is a multi-million dollar waste of a premise and, ultimately, a major waste of time. Maybe I feel that way because I grew up watching the TV show and it was my first introduction to Bruce Lee, but the premise of a super hero who fights for justice while purposefully presenting himself as a criminal was novel and a great idea. The notion of taking the TV show and making it as a live action film is pretty exciting. It could be as dark as THE DARK KNIGHT… as full of martial arts as the latest Donnie Yen film… it could be tough, hardboiled, and totally badass. Instead, Michel Gondry (ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF A SPOTLESS MIND) directs a film that was intended to be nothing more than a vehicle for Seth Rogan. The film’s biggest crime is that it gets cute with an idea that should have had no cute in it. Didn’t all the Batman sequels teach us that? HORNET goes for laughs in a story that doesn’t need any. Its second crime… is that it’s boring. The one highlight of the film is Jay Chou (CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER) who comes off likeable and competent in the martial arts department. From its opening image, GREEN HORNET is a failure and it took every bit of restraint on my part not to shut it off. Avoid this like the plague.