Director Michel Gondry delivers a watchable superhero satire in The Green Hornet which draws inspiration from a plethora of superhero films. This film is not good enough to spawn a franchise but is still decent enough if you go to theaters without any over-ambitious expectations.
Seth Rogen portrays the lead role of a media heir Britt Reid, who realises that his media empire is replete with criminal elements that need to be wiped out. Then he and his human weapon Kato embark on a quest to fight the nemesis. Green Hornet is slightly different from other superheroes in the sense that he puts on a veil of villainy in order to fight his adversaries.
The film has been on the receiving end of some negative publicity after its delayed release and hence it has nothing to lose but everything to gain. Gondry conjures up some seriously hilarious moments as he pokes fun at some conventional superheroes.
The film is more about a great camaraderie between Rogen and Chou than about anything else. The duo look appealing when they share the screen but are otherwise flat. Rogen, at times, succeeds in making your belly wobble with some good humour but it is Chou and Waltz who arrest your wavering attention.
Actress Cameron Diaz plays the candy floss and has nothing substantial to offer. Overall, the movie is a mixture of slapstick comedy and action. It does not promise much and stays true on that count by not delivering anything exceptional. If you have some extra bucks, you can go for this one. Or else, just let it be a miss!
Director: Michel Gondry
Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz
Genre: Action, Crime Thriller