"The Green Hornet" made its debut as a radio program in the 1930s. This radio program spawned comic books in the 1940s and a television series in the 1960s. Now it is 2011, the biggest year for superhero movies, and the much-anticipated "The Green Hornet" is up first.
Britt Reid is a party-going, sleazy, annoying, trashy man whose father owns the Daily Sentinel newspaper. When Britt's father is killed, Britt must take over the company and follow in his father's footsteps. We soon meet Kato, who was a good friend of Britt's father, works on cool cars and makes the best cappuccino (seriously). Britt eventually is driven into doing something crazy and insane with Kato. They decide to become vigilantes and in the end turn into heroes. They fight against drug dealers and try to stop the drug war going on in town.
This movie had the potential to blow our minds with action and witty humor. But it suffers from major problems. The movie isn't even funny! I didn't laugh at all. The movie suffers from bad characters, especially Britt. The only characters I like are the main villain Chudnofsky and Kato. But the rest of the characters are unlikable, forgettable or boring. Britt is a rude, obnoxious, annoying jerk who tries to be funny. But he is the worst character in the film. Cameron Diaz has a role that is so forgettable and useless that I don't even remember the character's name. Also, the relationship between Kato and Britt doesn't work at all. They have nothing in common and all they do is argue and then become buddies again in an instant. It doesn't make any sense.
This movie also should have been rated R. There are some pretty graphic scenes of violence that I found disturbing. It shows people being killed, crushed or run over. The list goes on. It's horrific what they put in a movie rated PG-13. There is no blood, but they curse a lot in this film.
The only good thing about the movie is the action. It has stylish slow-motion sequences and it sticks with the implausible superhero style, but it sure is cool.
Kato won me over and I wish this movie only had Kato and no Britt; it would have been better.
In the end, "The Green Hornet" is a sloppy, messy and unlikable superhero movie that doesn't live up to its expectations. I hope the other superhero movies released this year are better.
Ryan Koller is a junior at Depew High School.
"THE GREEN HORNET"
2 1/2 stars (out of 4)