The Green Hornet (2011) reviewed ★★★
Before we delve into this picture, let’s start out by clarifying that the target audience for this film is a very blurred and broad one. Those looking for a Michel Gondry stylized flick will be thoroughly disappointed; while those fans of the comic book will be utterly shocked at the changes made with the franchise. Originally, skepticism is what first came to mind naturally when entering the theater. However, like a hidden rapist lurking in the dark the film caught me totally by surprise. Michel Gondry delivers to the screen what seems to be less of a super hero film, and more of a buddy-comedy-vigilante film more appropriate to the likes of Seth Rogen (Britt/Green Hornet). The relationship that is built between Britt Reid and Kato (Jay Chou) is one of the main reasons this film is so enjoyable. Gondry creates a super hero film manufactured for humans. If that sentence doesn’t make much sense, let me explain: throughout the film, scenes upon scenes lend themselves to different genres. By definition, I’ll call The Green Hornet a film of mixed-genres. We see glimpses of Rogen’s trademarked comedy and even Gondry’s quirky but sentimental humor. A theory not usually explored in super hero films is that of sacrifice in terms of identity replacement. Britt Reid finds it necessary to pose as a villain in means of entrapping actual criminals, thus playing the game of cat and mouse in quite a unique way. The original Green Hornet franchise, wether it be the comic book, the television series, or even the original film, took a completely different outlook on the idea, giving the whole tone of the world we explore a more serious and dramatic perception. Since the year 2004, when Michel Gondry’s precious Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was released, it seems almost impossible to not draw any comparisons to the work. This might lead to the reason of which why The Green Hornet has been so awfully reviewed, when in reality, really just needs to be viewed from a less-critical eye. Lastly, one must not forget Christoph Waltz who gives a memorable performance as the primary villain, Chudnofsky. Before this review meets its end, let’s conclude with The Green Hornet‘s summary which revolves around the young and irresponsible son of a deceased millionaire who finds a sense of responsibility and vigilantism through the passing of his father.
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Jahziel Chu and Omar Antonio Iturriaga