Too many cooks spoiled this broth, but however many ways this film fails, it finally gives Kato his due in the guise of Jay Chou. The original Green Hornet was exasperating in its confinement of Bruce Lee in a stock character. New Kato gets to breathe, talk, act, think, and feel for himself. Which doesn't seem like much but it took four decades to get here. Lee would have been pleased.
A very pleasant surprise. The plot may be conventional; but the cast is great - Seth Rogan and Jay Chou have great comic chemistry, and Christoph Waltz is a solid villain (though Cameron Diaz is woefully miscast), and there are a number of solid laughs and well-staged action scenes. Maybe not a great film, but good entertainment.
A surprisingly fun action comedy stars Seth Rogen as The Green Hornet, a bumbling party boy/newspaper heir, and Jay Chou as Kato, his brilliant sidekick, two vigilantes who pose as villains in order to get closer to the villains, but end up in way over their head. Gondry uses 3D to enhance the film rather than as gimmicky decoration, and consistently entertains throughout.
This is an brilliant work of satire on the current state of Hollywood cinema, and "coolness." It was really at around the time that the "heroes" start using door guns that it really hit me. That's something that would seriously happen in a major action movie and would be seen as "badass" or cool. Gondry's playing with that, making it apparent how ridiculous viewing action movies like that really is. Meta-brilliance.
An insanely stunning film! True, all the characters in the film could have been better developed. However, the final product is still a marvellous reinterpretation of the Green Hornet legend; which harks back to the classic days of the pulp heroes, where the characters didn't need to be developed because they were having too much fun!
So your car can receive a fax, but in order to transfer a file from a USB drive, you need to drive to a newspaper office (of all places)? Common sense logic aside, shouldn't your hero at least be likable? Two hours to tell this story? Really?
As a huge fan of Observe & Report, I thoroughly enjoyed Rogen's unlikable hero. And even detractors of this film have got to admit the fight scenes were pretty amazing (especially the Jay Chou footage). Give this film a break, not everything needs to be The Dark Knight.