It’s fitting that the Green Hornet’s UK posters saw the four-wheeled Black Beauty smashing through a billboard, because Seth Rogen as a superhero was only ever going to be a car crash... right?
Despite some bad buzz (sorry), the revolving-door casting and the ropey 2.5D conversion, Michel Gondry’s most mainstream movie yet still packs a mild sting – or perhaps, more fittingly in Britt Reid’s case, a prick.
In retrospect, fuzzy funnyman Rogen playing a disagreeable billionaire playboy is a canny stroke of anti-casting: moulding the role to the actor instead of vice versa.
The script ensures Reid is entirely unsuited to the vigilante lifestyle and is almost always out of his depth, responding to his new career as crime-fighter with all the breathless enthusiasm and wild-eyed panic you’d expect from Seth Rogen in a superhero cossie.
Anyway, it’s Kato who’s supposed to pick up the slack, so full marks go to Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou – not only for giving the fight scenes speed and grace, but for walking away with the comedic spoils, too. He and Rogen make for a uniquely bizarre double-act, as seen on the disc’s chucklesome gag reel.
Sure, the pacing is a little iffy, Cameron Diaz’s pointless lust interest lifts right out and the third-act final showdown is chock-full of sound, fury and little else, but The Green Hornet’s kicker is the dynamic between hero and sidekick – thankfully it’s not just the car that’s the star.
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