Friday, January 14, 2011
The Green Hornet (2011)
But, once you get past the twist that the movie is a comedy based on a premise that would have made a good Saturday Night Live skit, there's not much there, unless you think it's fun to play Name That Team and come up with interesting duos that Rogen and Chou remind you of. I figure Aykroyd and Belushi or Aykroyd and Murray or Aykroyd and just about anyone.
Rogen was one of the Hornet's writers, and he's probably a better writer than a comedian. Some of the gags and one-liners in The Green Hornet are laugh-out-loud funny. But be sure to see the 3D version. I imagine the film would be incredibly boring in 2D, mainly because The Green Hornet lacks an interesting villian. Making a fun, comic rendition of a comic book is at least as good an idea as making an exceptionally dark one, but comedy or no, comic book heroes and comic book movies need interesting villains, and The Green Hornet's Chudnofsky falls flat on his face.
Cameron Diaz is adequate in the Girl Friday role. Her face is the only image from The Green Hornet that sticks in my memory. It's as if she's the first real person I've seen in 3D. Tom Wilkinson does a brilliant turn as the Hornet's dad.
Hollywood badly needs to come up with a new superhero worthy of sequels and prequels, and some blockbuster films to fill the 3D bubble created by Avatar. The Green Hornet doesn't seem likely to fill either bill.