Director: Michael Gondry
Cast: Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Jay Chou
Originally a popular Stateside radio series in the 1930s, and later a short-lived TV series whose episodes were patched together for the big screen, this sees the first Hollywood version of the masked hero who fights crime … and it’s not a film for anybody who recalls the excellent original.
Rogen, one of the writers, plays Britt Reid, a dim party animal who inherits his father’s newspaper business and teams up with dad’s assistant Kato (Chou) to take on the baddies. Diaz is thrown in as the romantic interest.
Rogen’s take on Reid/Green Hornet is a disappointing one since he brings us an empty-headed hero it is impossible to like: a spoiled, dippy playboy with no discernable purpose in life and a potty mouth.
The film has its share of action and laughs but it feels shallow and uninteresting throughout.
Star Rating: 2/5