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Seth Rogen's new action movie "The Green Hornet" has earned a 44% on Rotton Tomatoes, a not so steller review from the Spill Crew, and a lot of hate from critics, and audiences alike. Now how can this be, that is the question. It's an superhero action film, and it has some popular stars such as Cameron Diaz, but it's acquired so much panning from people it baffles me that it even made $550,000 at the midnight shows.
Short Review of Film: I thought that a Green Hornet film would be interesting to see for many years, granted I'm not big into comics, more so movies, and video games, but I saw some episodes of the TV series with Van Williams, and Bruce Lee, and the first thing I thought when I heard that Seth Rogen was cast as Britt Reid was "you have got to be kidding me" I laughed, but I had hopes. Those hopes were broken not only is "The Green Hornet" ridiculously corny, but it makes a fool out the two best people in the film Christoph Waltz, and Jay Chou. There were things that were not needed at all, the humor was abrupt, and needed to be at least a bit more serious. I have to admit though that the action scenes when they were happening, were pretty awesome, and the 3D was surprisingly really well done. apart from badass action scenes the rest is complete rubbish.
"The Green Hornet"
Now let's see what would've aced people in hating this film, comic book fan or not.
1) Seth Rogen
Let's face it Seth Rogen is a actor who one in a while comes out with something very likable. I loved "Knocked Up" one of my favorite comedies, and he's generally a funny man, but putting him at the front of a superhero action film was a giant mistake. Honestly when rumors said George Clooney was supposed to play Britt Reid I was more accepting towards that as to Seth Rogen. Many people like Seth Rogen, many people hate Seth Rogen and "hate" is a strong word that I wouldn't use to describe my feelings towards Seth Rogen. I would say that he's more annoying, or overcompensating. In the film when Jay Chou attempted to be serious, and he indeed tried, Seth Rogen came out of nowhere to only say the most random uncalled for joke that could be uttered by a human being, and for it to not be funny, or at least get a chuckle out of me.
I have to say though that I respectively am happy that he lost weight, it may not be a whole lot, but he wasn't obese to begin with, he wasn't Michael Moore size, but he did something good for himself, and to prepare for the role which is very good on his part. Other than that he makes this film seem more on the line of a parody, or something from "Community", than an action film on any hand.
2) "Green Hornet" ??
Same reason with "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" not many people know of The Green Hornet. Main difference is that "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" failed at the box office, and "The Green Hornet" made a good amount of money, but "Scott Pilgrim" is actually a good movie, but other than a few people who are fans of the TV series, or the comics, any other folk off the street who wants to see the movie isn't going to know jack about it other than it's not the Green Lantern, and that it stars Seth Rogen. It seems the most famous thing that most people remember about "The Green Hornet" TV show, radio show, and movie alike is Kato. Kato is by far a better character than Green Hornet. Bruce Lee is most famous for that role in the 60's show, and is since to be remembered as the definitive Kato. The character in the film is the best thing apart from probably one of the best film cars in history. I'm sorry without The Black Beauty the film wouldn't have been as fun as it is during the action scenes. What I'm getting to is mainstream audiences don't know enough about "The Green Hornet" to care or even like the film. Reason why they see it, is because it's the middle of January and the beginning of the new year. Which brings me to my next point.
3) Release Date
This isn't a bad thing actually, it's good for a film to make at least an acceptable amount of money. January is not a good month for movies, and even February on til May. The early moths of a year is when Hollywood dumps out their soon to be released comedies that never made it out in December. An action movie in January is a are encounter, but "The Green Hornet" was supposed to be released on July 9, of last year, and then pushed to December 22, and then was pushed to January to take more time on the 3D conversion. One reason why this can be a bad thing is because this year is set to be another 2008 in that we have a lot of superhero/comic book based films just to name a few, "The First Avenger: Captain America", "Thor", "Green Lantern", there are many coming out this year, with some I left out, and this isn't a good start to another superhero filled year. The 3D can be another factor to the money it made, the 3D was really fun, and good. In a movie like "Tron: Legacy" were the movie is practically made for 3D, at times "The Green Hornet" is better than some science fiction films. January isn't a good start every year for movies, and "The Green Hornet" didn't really make it all better.
4) A superhero comedy ?
The new age superhero is a undermined, sad little misfit who's only lease on life is to fight crime. We have come to love gothic superhero films. A superhero film with Seth Rogen, and a name like "The Green Hornet", and seeing the trailers, and TV spots make this film look like an SNL skit with some explosions. Look at "Green Lantern" the trailer looked corny, but serious towards the middle, but the main complaint other than the costume was the tone. "Green Hornet" has lost it's tone. The TV series was a bit corny, but even near as corny as "Batman" which was going on at the time. It seems like the superhero that had a corny, funny, goofy past like Batman turns out in the future to be dark, depressing, and....better than anything else, and the superhero like Green Hornet or Green Lantern who started out serious turns corny, and comedic. It's a pattern that goes on a lot in superhero movies, and "Green Hornet" is a prime example of a movie that could have been a crime/ mystery noir, but turned out to be a mockery, and audiences seems to like the depressing superhero opposed to the comedic superhero. Even a superhero like Iron Man had his dark moments in "Iron Man 2".
Dark, Depressing & Realistic = $ Big bucks $
"The Green Hornet" is the opposite of Batman. They're both millionaires who take on a life of crime, but "The Green Hornet" is the flip side to heroism. They had a good director, a good premise, and didn't utilize it. I'm not saying it's wrong to not have fun at the movies, believe me if anyone I'm the type of person to take everything as a joke or at least make it a joke if done right, but they took it way to far to the point of it felt like a kids' animated film. Hopefully the other highly anticipated superhero films this year accede this one.