BY KEYMO COLEMAN
Based on the original Green Hornet of the 1930s, this film adaptation stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz.
The film follows partying playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), the 28-year-old son of a famous newspaper editor in Los Angeles. The sudden and tragic death of Britt’s well-to-do father forces Britt to become the new heir of the newspaper, The Daily Sentinel. Using his new-found power, Britt enlists the help of Kato (Jay Chou), his assistant and martial arts expert, and they both become crime-fighters who pose as criminals in order to get deep into the criminal underworld. By posing as criminals, any potential enemies would not use innocent victims to favor them. Kato develops this WICKED FRESH car – the Black Beauty – that is full of gadgets and weapons. The Black Beauty is pretty, but it can knock somebody’s head clean off!
Britt, using the newspaper, ultimately plans to capture Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz), a Russian gangster who his father originally was trying to expose. He figures if Chudnofsky fears the Green Hornet and the nameless sidekick, then he’d be able to have his shot at taking him down. Also, Lenore (Cameron Diaz), Britt’s assistant, is unwittingly using her psychology background to help Kato and Britt make their next moves.
Quite frankly, I LOVED THIS MOVIE! It has been a very long time since I have seen a movie with a perfect mix of comedy and action. My favorite character is Kato. It surprised me how Chou stole the show from Seth Rogen, who I pretty much idolize as a comedic actor. Kato is a character that is able to make you laugh and make you gape at his martial arts abilities. Seth Rogen did well. I think this is my favorite movie of his. Cameron Diaz had many one-liners and was very feisty.
The action in this movie is constant. There are explosions, bullets and kicking throughout, which pleases the action lover. I am very impressed with this movie, and I give it my highest recommendation. I give Green Hornet nine out of 10 stars. Action and comedy are my two favorite genres and this movie blended it almost perfectly. It is one of the best movies out there, so do NOT cheat yourselves out of a good movie. Be warned, it does have some cursing!