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zcbd| The Green Hornet
ID:
2011
Comments:
Director: Michel Gondry
Screenplay: Seth Rogen
Producer:
Cast: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz
Genre: Thrillers

Running Time: 119
Aspect Ratio:  2.40:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: AC-3
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Features:
Studio:  Sony Pictures DVD Region:  1 PG-13
DVD Release:  May 2011 Discs:  1 (Blu-ray) [$20]
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Reviews:  My take...

Once when I was about 10 years old, the TV series aired. I was taken by it, especially Kato and the Black Beauty. Now this was before Bruce Lee had his meteoric fame.

Then I saw it was to be made into a movie and was very excited. Well I have seen it now and probably give it 3.5 stars. Yet it still holds the same thing that the original TV series had: Kato and the Black Beauty.

All in all, the TV series and the movie, from what I gather in my searching through the internet, a lackluster series, good and bad, not in anyway messing up Bruce Lees's performance as Kato, but is a good entry.

kss

Now one other viewpoint that I did not write...

The buzz around "The Green Hornet" comes from the collision of weird talents involved: Seth Rogen plays the crime-fighting hero and writes the movie with his "Superbad" bud Evan Goldberg; pop star Jay Chou plays Kato; and the whimsy-headed Michel Gondry directs. Toss in "Inglourious Basterds" Oscar winner Christoph Waltz as a super-villain highly self-conscious about his brand, and you've got a blockbuster that definitely isn't going for the normal. And for a while, the movie's Apatovian comedy and bromantic tendencies supply some definite fun; plus, Waltz and his double-barreled revolver (along with an uncredited cameo by James Franco) launch the picture with a giddy opening action sequence. At some point, though, you want all this stuff to mesh, and "The Green Hornet" keeps zipping about in three directions at once, never quite maintaining its early comic zip, but not grounding itself in an engaging enough crime-fighting plot, either. And there's little to do for nominal female lead Cameron Diaz; although both millionaire playboy Britt Reid and Kato make half-hearted passes at her, it's clear their main interest is each other. You just knew a franchise that began as a radio serial in the 1930s (and took a brief but memorable detour into TV in the '60s) would end up being part of that unavoidable 21st-century genre, the male-bonding comedy. Of course, it's really a triangle. Their boss car, Black Beauty, also gets a lot of love. "--Robert Horton"


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