The Green Hornet 3D (2011)

Based on a comic-book of the same name, the film centres on Britt Reid (Seth Rogen); the arse-hole son of a wealthy and respected media mogul. Following the death of his father, and with his decapitated super-doll still firmly out of the pram, Reid continues to act like a complete jerk until human cafetiere Kato (Jay Chou) shows up to distract him with fancy coffee and an array of shiny things. Having drunkenly decided to become superheroes, the two use Reid’s inherited newspaper to create the Green Hornet persona in a bonkers attempt to fight crime with smaller crime – using a newly recruited receptionist (Cameron Diaz) to unsuspectingly plan their minor acts of vandalism. When their plans backfire and the duo unwittingly invoke the wrath of a psychotic crime-lord (Christopher Waltz), however, Reid’s singular inability to do anything in the face of Kato’s engineering and martial arts prowess drives a wedge between the two crime-fighters, leaving them open to attack.

If Kick-Ass taught us anything, it’s that ordinary people can be superheroes, too. If Megamind taught us anything it’s that being a supervillain is all about presentation. While the Green Hornet is indeed an Everyman, and invariably has the pimped-out hotwheels for the job, The Green Hornet is substantially less successful in its plight than either of the above. The character, unlike Dave Lizewski or Megamind, is criplingly unsympathetic – yet another of Seth Rogen’s arrogant little manchildren who mistakes stupidity for humour. Technically also an action-comedy, The Green Hornet fails to balance the two components by providing an insufficient amount of each.

While Kick-Ass had Hit Girl, however, The Green Hornet has Kato – a genuine superhero among amateurs. Kato is a beacon of interest in an otherwise disengaging succession of character faults and cringey inappropriateness. Sidelined by a jealous Rogen, the character nevertheless holds the viewers attention from one failed gag to another. His burgeoning relationship with 36 year old criminologist Lenore Case even threatens to charm before being nipped in the bud – or kicked in the balls – so that Rogen’s abrasive character can enjoy more screen-time.

As for the addition of 3D there is little to say. Perfunctory at best, the extra dimension adds nothing to the lacklustre story. A persistent apologist for the cinematic domination of 3D – I have never been so underwhelmed by the implementation of this recent fad. While not distractingly bad as in Clash of the Titans, the glasses simply add nothing – not novelty nor a greater potential for an immersive experience.

Although Diaz smiles, Waltz hisses and Rogen bumbles, their contributions are eclipsed entirely by a Taiwanese megastar and his Swiss Army Car. Not a superhero at the movie’s open and hardly a superhero by movie’s end, the Green Hornet is a bland character born into an even blander movie, his buffonery long outstaying its welcome. While Michel Gondry’s direction throws up the odd quirk, the film fails to impact on any level whatsoever – quite the accomplishment for the man who once brought us Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

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I am a psychology graduate, a News Writer for HeyUGuys/BestforFilm and, most importantly, a hopeless popcorn addict.

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