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The Green Hornet (2011)
Van Williams needs to open up a can of 'whoop-ass'!
I'm getting sick of people who are angry with those of us who love the Green Hornet, and want to defend the character from this piece of crap movie. "Nobody knows him anyway" is what I hear a lot, but apparently enough people in Hollywood knew of him, and thought enough of the name to use it as a way to sell tickets instead of just creating a new character. It is understandable that most people don't know very much about the Green Hornet. He was created by George W. Trendle (who also created the 'Lone Ranger'), during the hayday of radio dramas. Britt Reid is actually a distant relative of John Reid a.k.a. the Lone Ranger. Both were ahead of their time in-so-much as the heroes worked with sidekicks very unusual for their time period. The Lone Ranger with an Indian back in the old west, and when the Green Hornet premiered in the 1940's it was unheard of for an oriental sidekick. In the old west everyone thought the Lone Ranger was bad because he wore a mask. The Green Hornet purposely wanted people to think he was bad. Neither Tonto or Kato was written, or intended to be sub-servient. Kato was Britt Reids assistant as part of his cover. The Green Hornet is "supposed" to be a crime-boss, that's why he sits in the back of the car, NOT because he just wants Kato to drive him around! Both men bring much to the partnership, and both are excellent fighters, just in different styles. Kato with martial arts, and Britt with 'street fighting' abilities. They are also closer than brothers! Van Williams and Bruce Lee understood this very well, and it came across in their screen time together. Even watching the old TV show now there is no hint of Kato being a 'lesser' person to Britt Reid.
OK, history lesson over, now on to this complete piece of trash. I actually have no problem with the initial portrayal of Britt Reid as a louse who parties all the time. The problem is he NEVER grows up! If he had some redeeming qualities it might have been better. Perhaps a real talent for journalism (which he had in the radio & TV shows), a 'buddy' relationship with Kato, or even the lovable rich rogue somewhat like Bruce Wayne. Seth Rogan has turned the Green Hornet into nothing more than a reject from animal house. Why, after being nothing but a jerk to everyone, would Rogan's character all of a sudden want to fight crime!?!?!? I don't know when we went from partners being friends to hating each other but working well together, but it's stupid. I don't even particularly care for the guy playing Kato. He's a capable enough actor, but he's no where near as cool as Bruce Lee, but that aside, there is absolutely no reason for him to like, much less work with Britt. We're supposed to believe that both of these guys hated Britt's dad so much, that they are willing to work together, even though there is really nothing to even suggest they are more than rich guy/assistant. Lenore Case was not the 'mastermind' behind the Green Hornet. She knew his identity and was able to help cover for him, and help him in his guise as Britt Reid. She was a necessary part of the team (and actually had a crush on Britt) but not the all controlling figure that we are supposed to believe she is in this movie.
The bad guy with a problem of not being scary enough was great for about 10 minutes. It created some pretty funny dialogue, but went on for a hour and a half too long. This guy wasn't even worth Kato's time, much less the Green Hornet. He could have been caught by T.J.Hooker. Why do we need a superhero, if the bad guy is not REEEEAAALLY bad! I am not naming the other actors because I'm sure that by being in a movie with Seth Rogan is punishment enough. I wouldn't want my name associated with this movie either.
If you've read this far I will say there are some things I liked. The homage' to the TV series in costuming, and design of the Black Beauty, as well as the switch in the garage were a nice touch. There is even a great 30 sec. scene at the end with the old theme and logo popping up that doesn't last long enough, but it was nice to see. Sadly, this movie had so much promise. There are a lot of possibilities for this character, and Rogan didn't seem to like any of them. If you're going to make a movie about a doofass who becomes a superhero fine, but why do you have to take established characters and destroy them. Please do yourself a favor, seek out the old series with Van Williams & Bruce Lee. It's a much better use of your time.