‘Hornet’ not your typical hero

January 14, 2011 Review Print Print
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The “Green Hornet” was a decent movie that made a mockery of everything that a superhero movie is about, but in a good way.

In the usual superhero movie, the hero is amazingly smart and the sidekick is unremarkable. However, in the “Green Hornet,” Britt Reid (Seth Rogan) could very well be legally retarded, while Kato (Jay Chou), the sidekick, is a genius.

Most superheroes are nimble, able to dodge bullets or deflect them with something. The Green Hornet gets shot in the shoulder and Kato only gets trapped beneath a desk for a brief moment.

Overall, Kato is the true star of the movie. He kicks all kinds of butt, has several cars that destroy anything and everything in sight, and even goes as far as to whip out some nunchucks to beat the daylight out of a few of the villain’s lackeys.

Britt only manages to get hurt and actually shoot himself in the face with some sleeping gas. However, he does end up getting revenge on Kato by asking to see the gun, and blasting him with the same gas and then marching off to bed.

The movie is pretty funny overall, but it had me going back and forth emotionally as various plot twists slapped me in the face.

The fight scenes are pretty amazing, as well as the use of technology. The fact that it is available for viewing in 3D make things have a bigger impact. Seeing things flying at you during the fight is pretty darn cool.

All in all, the movie was worth going to see and I would pay to see it if I hadn’t already.

Since this is an online special, I should direct your attention here. The Mythbusters did a special on the show, which was very entertaining, and fairly informative. You might get a kick out of it. I know I did.

“Green Hornet” is rated PG-13 for sequences of violent action, language, sensuality and drug content.

Rating: B

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