This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!
Number of Times Seen – Twice (4 Mar 2011 and 20 Aug 2020)
Brief Synopsis – After a millionaire mysteriously dies, his underachieving son inherits his large company and decides to become a masked crime fighter to rid the city of corruption.
Bottom Line – Fun superhero movie that is a bit too bland when you try and dissect the plot itself. Seth Rogan isn’t the usual actor one would think of for this kind of role, yet he helps make it work better due to the comic undertones of the story. Jay Chou is great as Kato and helps make the story more action packed even when he is needed to be the straight man in the comedy bits. Christoph Waltz is always a fun villain, but he plays this character far too much over the top which hurts things too much. Cameron Diaz is fine here, but she and Rogan don’t manage to have good enough chemistry together.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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 a.k.a. The Green Hornet, and Kato as old men in retirement, with Britt Reid, Jr. a.k.a. 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 Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008), became attached to star, and write a completely 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. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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