Special media screening & post-movie review
Green Hornet (2011)
Ask any comic book fans, or even anyone who watched the network TV program (in this case, ergo, my dad), and they will tell u that the 2011 movie plot itself is more fun although rife with inaccuracy. The Green Hornet TV series as per the comic book, “is more serious”, dad said. “It focuses on fighting hard crimes and individual gang wars with the Armenian/Korean/Italian gangs”.
So what did I watch and what is in the 2011 funny movie plot?
In true comic book fashion, there was much irrational behaviour as well as expensive explosions – Superheroes need lots of money to burn and this movie was no exception. Watching the colourful buffet display of American hot rods used, the workshop transformation of 1965 Chrysler Imperial “Black Beauty” and then the action process later as it gets torched and tortured definitely poked at my heart. How can you not love a car chase with rockets, mini-guns and a flame-thrower?
The Green Hornet 2011 film, as with every comic book/TV series turned Hollywood blockbuster, will never hold a candle to its humbler origins – or in this case – the American pulp hero and masked vigilante originally created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. Although, minus the ‘shit’ and ‘god dammits’, the film’s light hearted humor is slapstick fun for the whole family.
I mostly see men who act like boys, enjoying the likes of cars, weapons, and other big boy toys. I also see the story of 2 unlikely friends, and 2 unlikely heroes (posing as villians), seeking some “goddamn justice” as they go face to face and mask to mask as Green Hornet + sidekick with crime lord Chudnofsky (played by the Oscar winner from “Inglourious Basterds” Christoph Waltz). There seemed to be an obsession around Chudnofsky because of his difficult-to-pronounce name, his age (or over-agedness), and I-am-not-scary enough self esteem.
If u owned the biggest local newspaper, what would u do? Put yourself on the front page of course. As if inheriting media monopoly The Daily Sentinel from deceased father and millionaire newspaper publisher Mr Reid (Tom Wilkinson) isn’t enough, lead actor Britt Reid (Seth Rogan) – a spoiled and promiscuous rich brat – decides to run daily front page coverage and breaking news about the Green Hornet, aka himself. Chaos starts in the newspapers as well as the with the man running it. Lenore (Cameron Diaz) is brought in as the beautiful secretary and mastermind, who proceeds to carefully and cluelessly research and orchestrate the whole operation.
The movie is also generous with the lines and role given to Jay Chou, iconic Asian singer and songwriter superstar, who plays Green Hornet’s masked partner and confidante, Kato. Kato is the late Mr Reid’s mechanic and coffee-maker, and is portrayed as not only the brains but also the brawn of the two-man team. Supposed hero Green Hornet just farts a lot.
I am a HUGE Jay Chou fan, as with most of Asia, and in my biased opinion he is thus the best thing that could have happened to Green Hornet 2011. Oh, FYI, legendary Bruce Lee played the part of Kato in the original TV series. My dad couldn’t help but soak in how old-school butt-kicking martial arts in the TV series had flashed forward 70 years into modern-day Hollywood camera tricks.
Bruce Lee = Jay Chou? I truly love Jay Chou, but sorry JC… you can only hope.
Ok well back again to Kato – who’s strong yet silent character balances the exaggerated over-achieving Green Hornet. I found his acting decent, the character silly and sensational, not to mention he had great comic timing as well as chemistry with Lenore, Chudnofsky and the Green Hornet. It was definitely a star-studded cast.
What would a movie be like if Seth Rogan wrote a movie to star in it? Yup, you get the 2011 Green Hornet cinematic movie.
Dad and I were happy troopers of the Green Hornet special media movie screening.
Thank you Dominos Pizza and OMY SG for the delicious pre-show pizza and special movie screening.
PS: Please send me to watch Green Lantern.