The Green Hornet 3D

The ingeniously creative French director Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Science of Sleep, Be Kind Rewind) turns his hand to the superhero genre with this big screen adaptation of a 1930s radio serial.

Seth Rogen (who co-wrote the script with Evan Goldberg - Superbad, Pineapple Express) stars as debonair newspaper publisher Britt Reid, who fights crime at night as a masked superhero known as The Green Hornet. With his sidekick, Cato, and his souped-up vehicle, The Black Beauty, Reid faces nefarious villain Chudnofsky (Inglourious Basterd's Christoph Waltz). Cameron Diaz plays the female lead.

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Action, Crime, Thriller, 3D

119mins

Rating: M Contains Violence & Offensive Language

USA

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Dishevelled comic everyman Seth Rogen and French auteur Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) don’t seem like the most natural pairing, least of all for an action blockbuster. Clearly they’re going for something a little different from the standard superhero fare in this action-comedy. So, does it work?

Rogen, who co-wrote the script, clearly had the title role in mind for himself as the character fits him like a glove. Cynics might suggest that he essentially wrote it as a platform for his personal routine but it’s still entertaining, particularly the buddy comedy stanzas with his sidekick, Kato. This aspect is the film’s strongest point, with an atypical superhero/sidekick relationship that is decently fleshed out and funny. Meanwhile, Gondry shows off a new string to his bow. The fight scenes are well done, whether enhanced with visual effects or played for laughs.

Cameron Diaz is both the love interest and the glaring weakness. Her character only seems to be present so that we know the gay banter between the crime fighters is ironic and to advance the plot in jarringly obvious ways, symptomatic of the patchy script. She doesn’t have the acting skills or comic timing to compensate, so there’s a dip in quality whenever she’s on screen.

The Green Hornet is a bit shapeless as a story but relies on the charm of Rogen and a few big set pieces to connect the dots.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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An almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about.

Empire (UK)

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High hopes of magic from the Gondry-Rogen pairing are dashed. Some neat touches aside, this isn't so much eternal sunshine, more superbad.

Guardian (UK)

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There's an uneasy sense that Rogen, though aware of the perennial need to preserve and build his brand as a comedy star, would still like to be seen as a leading man of some quirky sort or other.

Hollywood Reporter

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Never achieves sufficient traction to go the blockbuster distance.

Little White Lies (UK)

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It comes as some disappointment – albeit no great surprise – to say that despite a few fanciful flourishes, Gondry has fought the Hollywood law, and the law has won.

New York Times

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Quite a bit less than the sum of its appealing parts.

Total Film (UK)

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Though tonally uneven, Hornet nonetheless works as breezy, irreverent entertainment that makes a virtue of its unlikely elements. And there’s the added buzz of James Franco’s cameo.

Variety (USA)

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The film is a blast.

Best Cappuccino Ever!

Funny, but yet action packed film.

A lot of Words to describe this movie, some will say in every lil detail, i enjoyed the movie and thought it was very well thought through, very well done to the directors and makers of the film.


Was it really worth it?

To be honest, I would have to say no. I found the story line quite weak. The gadgets excited me every now and then, but I would say I only enjoyed the last 4th of it. I think seth could of done a little better.


why 3D?

saw this in 3D as it was only option available on the night i went at the theatre i went to

i see no need for 3D

seth rogan was playing seth rogan [and doing a good job of it too]

there was less need for cameron diaz then there was for the 3D

aside from la diaz and the 3D it's actually a pretty reasonable effort for a hollywood studio movie

Yawn...

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Yawn...

In 3D or not this movie was painful to watch. It was boring & the humor was lame. In saying that.. my boyfriend loved it.

GREAT MOVIE

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GREAT MOVIE

I loved every minute of this film, it was hilarious and action packed . Also accurate and filled with love scenes.