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The Green Hornet (2011)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 14 January 2011 (USA)
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Following the death of his father, Britt Reid, heir to his father's large company, teams up with his late dad's assistant Kato to become a masked crime fighting team.

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Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet". Written by Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Protect the law by breaking it.


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Rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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$120,000,000 (estimated)

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£1,878,905 (UK) (14 January 2011)

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$98,780,042 (USA) (15 April 2011)
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After the rights to The Green Hornet property were purchased by Miramax in 2001, Kevin Smith was attached to write and direct the film in 2004, with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead. The story had Britt Reid aka Green Hornet and Kato as old men in retirement, with Britt Reid Jr. aka Green Hornet II (Gyllenhaal) and Kato's daughter donning their fathers' masks to combat a new evil. Smith pulled out of directing due to an insecurity of directing with such a large budget. He stayed on as writer and wrote two drafts, but with no further progress with the script, the rights were let go and purchased by Columbia Pictures. Then, Seth Rogen, who had starred in Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), became attached to star and write a wholly different screenplay. Smith's screenplay was adapted into a comic book miniseries called "Green Hornet: Sins of the Father," published by Dynamite before the movie's release. See more »

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When Kato and Britt are fighting in the pool house, Britt tumbles over the knight and knocks over the wooden weapon in his hand. The wooden weapon falls on the couch behind Kato. The camera changes from Kato to Britt and when it changes back to Kato, the weapon is gone. See more »

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Jack Reid: [on the phone] Tell the Mayor, I'm insulted. I would never jeopardize the journalistic integrity of this newspaper for some rent-a-mayor's political agenda.
Jack Reid: [to his son] So Britt, here we are again. Sent home after another schoolyard fight. I know you miss your mother. So do I. But I have to take care of 750 employees, and you have to take care of yourself. Still that seems to be asking too much.
Young Britt: But I was trying to stop some bullies...
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.75 (2011) See more »

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Blue Orchid
Written by Jack White (as Jack White, III)
Performed by The White Stripes
Courtesy of Third Man Records and Courtesy of XL Recordings Ltd.
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The hornet is back...
26 February 2011 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I watched "The Green Hornet" with a sense of skepticism. Having grown up with the original TV series, this movie really had some big shoes to fill out. And surprisingly enough, it managed to do so in a good enough way. But there were also aspects of the movie that were less than successful.

First of all, Seth Rogen (playing Britt Reid/The Green Hornet). No, no, no. I know he was involved in directing and writing the movie and all, but he is not chiseled out for an action role of this caliber. I do admire his spirit and enthusiasm, but he is more suited for comedy movies. Seeing him in this role didn't go well with me. He did bring along some comedy, but it didn't work so well in this particular movie.

And the scene at the beginning where Britt Reid was bringing home a woman and they went through the garage and sat in all the cars (showing them off for the audience, actually) in high-speed capture, what was up with that? Already at that point, the movie started to falter and crash.

Jay Chou (playing Kato) certainly had HUGE shoes to fill out after the original role was played by Bruce Lee. And actually Chou did a decent enough job, with good acting and well-choreographed action/fighting sequences. So hats off to him for that.

However, the most memorable person in the movie was Christoph Waltz (playing Chudnofsky). He was fantastic as a villain and worked his role very well and very convincingly. Plus there was also a good sense of humor to his role, and it worked well.

The story told in the movie was fast-paced, captivating and interesting enough to keep you enthralled throughout the entire feature length.

For an action movie, then "The Green Hornet" is actually quite good. But for a follow-up to the legacy of the TV series, the movie is a mediocre attempt with good intentions. Had they cast someone else for Britt Reid, it would have worked much better. Now, I am not saying that Seth Rogen is a bad actor, he was just ill-suited for this role. "The Green Hornet" is good entertainment if you are in for an evening of action, corny one-liners and a trip down memory lane.


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