WARNING: This will probably contain, what some would consider, spoilers.
I just got back from an advanced screening of “The Green Hornet” starring Seth Rogan and Jay Chou. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the film. I was expecting it to be one of the worst superhero films to ever disgrace the silver screen, but it was surprisingly good. Not great though, but good.
Seth Rogan plays Britt Reid as well as the titular role, while Jay Chou plays his ass-kicking “side -kick” Kato. After the death of his father, Britt decides he wants more action from his life, so he decides to cause some mischief. During their night out the duo run into trouble and Britt learns that his coffee barista is martial arts master. After reflecting on their evening, they decide to team up and form a superhero team.
What follows is some amazing action sequences intertwined with immature humor (the only real downfall of the film). It’s that type of humor that leaves you feeling as if you have been talked down to. Seth Rogan is his usual oafish tiresome self, his attempts to make you laugh leave you wanting more; more mature humor, more acting skill, more something that he just doesn’t seem to have. Jay Chou, on the other hand, is definitely the stand-out actor in the film. His performance as Kayto is nothing short of awesome. Where Seth Rogan falls short, Jay Chou picks up the slack in strides. His character is cool, his fighting is awesome, and his inventions are bad ass.
As for a recommendation of the film, I’d rate it a 3/5. As I’ve already mentioned, the action sequences are awesome. The 3D, though converted, looks great. It’s a bit flat in some parts, but it’s definitely better than much of the 3D thats been out there. If you like the legacy of The Green Hornet, then you’ll find many of the little easter eggs throughout the film quite delightful.