Sunday, January 16, 2011

Movie Review: Green Hornet - PG13

Warning: Possible Spoilers

I am a BIG fan of the Green Hornet series that starred Van Williams and Bruce Lee; that is the mindset with which I anticipated this movie. 

 As in the series, Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) inherits the Daily Sentinel newspaper when his father James Reid passes away.  This version portrays Britt much more as a reckless playboy than the series, and he initially has a lot of resentment toward his father.

Kato, who worked for Britt's father, becomes his assistant and is largely responsible for the beginning of the Green Hornet/Kato team;  it is his handiwork that gives Britt the incentive to fight crime. 

Rogen's portrayal of Britt Reid/Green Hornet is much more 'silly' and inept than the series, but  was also much more entertaining than I expected.  

The character of Mike Axford was the most true to  the original series, while the character of D.A. Scanlon was most different from the series.

There was plenty of action, and it was made better by the interaction of the characters of Britt Reid/Green Hornet, Kato and Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), Britt's secretary. 

Not much in terms of content warnings  aside from some mild cursing.

Very entertaining.  I highly recommend this movie and in fact, I am hopeful of a sequel.

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