Published on Friday, February 11, 2011 by Ricky Lara
The Green Hornet, one of the first blockbuster movies of 2011, arrived in theaters January 14 starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz.
The movie takes place in Los Angeles, where Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is a playboy and the son of James Reid (Tom Wilkinson), who is the owner of the largest newspaper in Los Angeles.
After James’ death, Britt is left with his father’s mansion, the newspaper, and all of his father’s possessions, including his sweet rides.
However, Britt is spoiled and everyone expects him to follow in his father’s footsteps, but he is not ready for everything that such a responsibility entails.
Meanwhile, there is plenty of crime going on between the underworld of L.A. Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz) is one of the biggest criminals in L.A. and controls many of the gangs and drug lords. In the first scene of the movie, Chudnofsky shoots four guys with two shots from his double barrel pistol, demonstrating how dangerous a huge drug lord can be. Although he dresses like ‘Disco Santa,’ he is scary nevertheless.
After Britt meets an old employee of his father’s, Kato (Jay Chou), he finds that he wasn’t the only one who didn’t appreciate him.
They both realize that they can step out of the shadow of James Reid and make a name for themselves.
However, after stealing the head of James Reid’s statue, Britt witnesses a couple getting mugged in the street.
He goes to help, but he’s not in the best shape and is forced to make a hasty escape.
Kato then notices he’s getting chased and runs to save Britt, which is where Kato turns into a karate master.
Britt and Kato are so excited from what happened, that after noticing that they can do much more than just vandalize statues, they decide to become heroes.
However, there is a twist when they believe they can get farther if they posed as villains to make people think they are bad and get closer to the real villains. Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz) was hired as Britt’s secretary after studying criminology in college. With a little help from her study background, the guys know just where to begin.
So, with Kato being the nerd that can build amazing gadgets, he builds ‘The Black Beauty,’ the car the Green Hornet will use to fight crime. The Black Beauty has almost every weapon imaginable and is almost fully indestructible.
Seth Rogen wasn’t as raunchy as he is in some of his other movies, and Cameron Diaz looked as if she were made of plastic with a few wrinkles.
Jay Chou was my favorite character because his purposefully broken English made for a comedic adventure and paired well with the fact that he was a karate master.
As far as I rank my movies, I will be buying this one to watch more than a few times. The action sequences, even in 2D, were outstanding, with enough explosions and special effects to make the movie as good of an action film as it was a comedy.
Plenty of short jokes that almost everybody can understand make this movie a good comedy for most ages.
This is a great movie overall. The little things in this flick are what make it great.