The Green Hornet

The Green Hornet by director Michel Gondry (The Science of Sleep, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), and starring popular Taiwanese singer, Jay Chou, is mildly entertaining but nowhere near satisfying.

In this film adaptation of the 75-year-old radio serial and mid-sixties TV series, Seth Rogen plays the incorrigible, irresponsible son of a newspaper magnate (Tom Wilkinson), who inherits his media empire. But rather than getting his act together, he is self-convinced that becoming a superhero-spy and, er, ridding villains with a gas gun, is where his future lies. Together with buddy Kato (Jay Chou), his genius mechanic of a sidekick and the inventor of the mentioned "lethal" weapon, and intelligent secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), they proceed to take down villain, Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).

Somehow, as usual, Rogen manages to make an unlikable character likable, and the chemistry between the two leads is the thin glue that holds the entire film together. The deliberately awkward relationship between the boss and employee, specifically Kato's self-awareness, brings the audience a fair bit of laughter as well. Jay Chou fans would also be proud to note that he does surprisingly well with the English script.

But other than that, The Green Hornet is a B- film with clumsy action and wisecracks you'll probably roll your eyes at. Oh, and yes, I only realised the movie was in 3D while writing this review.

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