Movie to Avoid: The Green Hornet

by - May 26, 2011

Earlier this week, the boyfriend and I rented The Green Hornet, made some cheese dip and settled into the couch for a night of super hero goodness. Boy, were we disappointed.

Not only was the plot line mediocre and the special effects distracting, but Seth Rogen's character, Britt Reid, was awful.

The hero is supposed to be a likable character, right? Well Britt Reid, a.k.a. the Green Hornet, is an asshole. He's selfish, immature and spoiled - everything a hero isn't.

And his character stays that way the entire movie. Usually there's some revelation that causes the ne'er-do-well hero to change his ways and become the good guy we want to root for, but not in The Green Hornet.

Britt Reid/The Green Hornet is the most unlikable hero character I've ever watched. I was actually rooting for him to get his ass kicked, which [spoiled alert] does happen.

Then there's Kato, played by Jay Chou. His character is likable enough and his martial arts bad-assness is something to be reckoned with, but the special effects surrounding his moves are just distracting. In slowing down his movements to accentuate his quickness, all they did was diminish the effect of it.

So if you're looking for a movie to watch with your buddies or significant other, save yourself some disappointment and bypass The Green Hornet.

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  1. I avoid super hero movies, Ashton, because I'm not a fan of the genre. I will admit to the guilty pleasure of watching the TV series No Ordinary Family which stars Michael Chiklis from the Fantastic Four movies. The technique of using slo-mo to make the audience ooh and aah over martial arts moves is so 70s. It seems like true heroes are becoming scarce in works of fiction as well as reality. Thanks for dropping by the Dell and listening to my tunes, dear friend!

  2. I saw that at redbox tonight, and thought about renting it.. something told me no though, so I'm glad I didn't!

  3. @Shady: I like a lot of hero movies, especially the ones based on Marvel comics (save the original Hulk movie). This one was just a waste of an evening.

    @Steph: I recommend "I Am Number 4" if you haven't already seen it.