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Sound Off: Michel Gondry's 'The Green Hornet' - Your Thoughts?

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January 14, 2011

Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet

Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Hitting theaters in earth-shattering 3D this weekend is Seth Rogen's new take on the classic hero The Green Hornet, directed by Michel Gondry and starring Seth Rogen as Britt Reid and Jay Chou as his sidekick Kato. When we first wrote about this years ago, not many believed Rogen could pull off a pulp hero like this, and yet here away, kickin' off the weekend with the Green Hornet and his Black Beauty. So how is it? Is it actually good or is it as bad as you thought? How are Rogen and Chou? If you've seen it leave a comment and let us know what you thought of The Green Hornet!

To fuel the fire, I saw The Green Hornet a couple of weeks ago and sadly, I did not like The Green Hornet… much… at all. I just thought it was too stupid, almost beyond stupid sometimes, and just overly goofy when it didn't need to be. It was all over the place and the story was completely terrible B-movie grade stuff. But, I will admit, there were some fun moments and it is entertaining - but that's about it. The Kato-Vision fight scene early on, which was mostly Gondry's visual concept, was frickin' awesome, just a very impressive way to visualize that fighting style. I didn't see it in 3D, so I can't comment on that side, but I'm not going to give this movie much more credit than saying it was fun and Gondry is visually, at least, still a great filmmaker.

What did you think of Green Hornet (and did you see it in 3D)? Totally fun or total stupidity?

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  • Anonymous
    what about Rogen? How was his performance?
    • You haven't seen it yet? It was okay, not the most impressive part, he was just acting his normal goofy self the entire time. Hated Cameron Diaz of course. Even Christoph Waltz was only okay in it. Jay Chou was the best part!!
      • Anonymous
        I don't know if I'm gonna see it. Rogen and Waltz may be the only reason I go...but if its merely an "ok" performance from the two I may wait until the DVD...I'm really only waiting for Rango I'm trying to avoid going to the theaters just to make Rango an even better experience...good to see Chou impressed you. If I go I'll let you know in a later post.
  • Said
    i havent seen it yet so im not gonnna read whats up there, so just tell me was it good or not?
  • Anonymous
    Oh and Alex good for you for not seeing it in 3-gimmicky-D.
  • Ravek019
    The movie is as fun as could be hoped for. There were laughs throughout and some truly awesome action moments. Every time Seth Rogen got a punch in I almost cheered. Cameron Diaz was fine and in fact did a great job not falling into a stereotypical slut-secretary sort of role. Chou wasn't the only incredible thing about this movie, and I swear that the only reason that you shouldn't enjoy the entire ride is if you have a grudge against the main actors or an extreme desensitization to action and violence. Rogen=goofy but successful Chou= awesome and entertaining Waltz= GREAT bad guy and did a good job balancing comedy and villainy Diaz= not even a main character but still good The movie was laughs and explosions and if your looking for something else and you don't find it, that's on you.
  • Jim_from_to
    I just saw it and Alex has it dead on. It had so much potential but it failed in so many ways. Each time I thought... ok that was a good scene ....keep it up..... but the next few scenes would suck. The movie was absolutely STUPID most of the time. I knew it was supposed to come off as a action/comedy kind of movie but just came off completely lame. Rogen was his usual self. It was very difficult to understand Jay Chou when he spoke. His english is just horrible. Jackie Chan sounds like a literary master compared to him. I could not connect to any of the characters anytime in the movie so there was zero emotion involved in watching this. Even when kato and the green hornet get into a stupid fight scene over Cameron Diaz. it went on for 10 freaken minutes. The only good parts was the Kato-Vision fight scenes and yes Black Beauty. The story looked like it was pieced together buy my 10 year old son... some times it made sense but the majority of the time it just rambled on. I wish I never saw it in 3D. Did nothing for the movie. There is no way there will be any kind of sequel cause it's just not a movie people will recommend to go see at the theatre. Wait for the DVD.
  • Race Bannon
    I thought it was pretty decent. I saw it 3-D and was thoroughly entertained throughout from the acting and I like Seth Rogen's sense of humor... but like Alex said, Cameron Diaz's performance was kind of sub par... wasn't really expecting that seeing as how she usually entertains me. Having said that, I didn't go into this movie expecting a lot besides some funny parts and some good action (the Chou action part in the beginning was pretty sick nasty in 3-d) and that's exactly what I got.
  • Jericho
    i expected a green hornet update and i got one, i didn't think the show was all that great except for Bruce Lee so the movie is honestly on par with it *just swapped the lame drama dialogue for more campy dialogue* and Cameron Diaz was a down part *ooooh shocker* but all in all i got a kick out of it......pun
  • I was completely entertained from beginning to end. I expected a goofy fun time and that's what I got. Shame you didn't like it Alex, but I guess it's not for everyone.
  • Anonymous
    Best part of the movie was the Battle: Los Angeles trailer, but I will not go in too hyped, that always leads to disappointed Dustin.
  • James
    Just got in from seeing it. It was an entertaining fun ride, I was not impressed with Diaz or Rogen but it was watchable. Not going to see it again and debating even purchasing the DVD or Bluray.
  • Jon A.
    Hmm... honestly... Billington's taste in movie is lousy. That guy loved transformer 2 and it drove him crazy. Most of his opinion of mediocre movie was overly positive. i have this knick for sensing good movies or bad movies. Green Hornet is on the "very good" end of my radar and my sources tells me that this is actually a very good one. So, I think I will see this very soon and I have a good feeling that Billington's opinion is BS like usual.
    • What the hell are you talking about? If you're going to speak about my movie opinions, make sure you actually KNOW them first. I hated Transformers 2, didn't like it at all, only ever saw it once and don't even own the Blu-Ray - and that is VERY rare for me and a sci-fi movie. You just think my opinion is BS because it's different than yours. Sorry bud, I have an opinion and so do you. I thought Green Hornet was stupid B-movie fun, you did not, big deal, doesn't mean I'm wrong, just means we disagree.
      • Ben
        Well, I like your reviews and opinions Alex! Just wish you'd do another one of those "The best movies you didn't see" list, your one for 2008 was awesome and introduced me to a few movies!
      • Rasta
        Opinions are like assholes, everyone's got one. What separates good from the bad, are the informed ones.
      • Alex... Keep rockin the mic man. Don't let these arm chair critics faze you while they look up at the magnificent podium that you stand upon known as firstshowing.net
    • Anonymous
      There is no such thing as bad taste in movies, it is all opinionated, and if you weren't such an idiot, you would know this was not a movie review. When have you ever read a movie review asked you, at the end, what YOU, the reader, thought about the movie? Sure, it's obvious you are a troll, but come on, don't make it so obvious. And if we are on the opinionated subject of "movie taste", then, my friend "Jon. A", your radar need to be looked at. That is all.
  • Bryan
    Just got back from watching the film. Although I am a huge Seth Rogen fan I was a little frustrated with this movie. The weakest part of this movie was the dialogue. Since Rogen wrote this you could tell which jokes he wrote but honestly they weren't that funny. Jay Chou was funny but you could tell he struggled with English. Diaz was not attractive at all anymore and I don't know but she looks really old and unattractive. Waltz could only do so much with his part. He added his wit and style to the role but his dialogue and story was pretty boring. I was glad that he made his troll face like in Inglorious Basterds. Overall some cool visual action sequences and stunts. The film is watchable and certainly has some laughs but after walking out of the theatre I didn't leave wanting more.
  • This was sooo sooo unbelievably bad that I couldn't believe it was a real movie. I didn't know Rogen co-wrote it. I love Gondry so I had hope. But when you're writing yourself as a superhero I guess it's going to go bad.
  • Kris
    Seems like the site owner got a little furious about public comments. Eat some more burritos why dont you?
    • Anonymous
      leave this site if you disagree. nice generic fat joke, even the crickets are silent at that horrible attempt.
    • Ben
      Wow... you're a douche.
  • Anniewaits18
    I'm a Michel Gondry fan so I was excited to see how he would use his talents in an action film. I was not disappointed. This movie isn't going to win Academy Awards but it definitely was a fun ride and a refreshing take on the hero and his sidekick. Who wouldn't want to see Robin want to beat Batman or discuss the issues that lie therein? The pacing was good, the editing was well done, the humor was It's getting mixed reviews in the market, but I feel this movie deserves a little more credit with the injections of Michel style and something other than your stale tired hero dialogue who can't have his love interest because its too dangerous. Think of how Michael Bay or Roland Emmerich could've mucked this movie up.
    • Anniewaits18
      I meant to say "the humor was good---sometimes a little grating from Rogen but majority of the time, it was fine. Christoph Waltz, in my opinion, one of the funniest guys in the movie along with James Franco in the beginning. Christoph Waltz: "I'm UNGASSABLE!!"
  • Anonymous
    Even though it is getting pretty bad reviews on sites like RottenTomatoes I am still interested. I will just wait to see it in the dollar theater.
  • Kaiserchief95
    I watched it last night with my friends and I was pleasantly surprised. The reviews for it are awful, and clearly it probably won't win an Oscar. But it was still a really fun two hours. Jay Chou was clearly the best, he made his character. Seth Rogen was a jerk the entire time but that was his character. Cameron Diaz, I felt was kind of just there. But I would definitely recommend seeing it, possibly in 3D. WATCH.
  • Hattori Hanzo
    Even though I get a lot of free tickets I've really got to stop going to crappy movies just because they are free.
  • Anonymous
    The movie was good except for Seth Rogen. It felt like he was making up the dialogue in every scene. All the other actors could hold their own. I saw it in 3D and was quite disappointed. According to the credits it wasn't shot in 3D, the effect was applied after. Most of the movie, visually, felt very flat. Don't waste the extra money to see it in 3D. The car, the action and Kato were great.
  • Worst of all time....cannot fathom how this was even made. Thanks for destroying another childhood Hero Sony.
  • Angry Chief
    What a hunk of black and green shit! Alex, you gotta warn me buddy. A week before any opening, you should astraly project yourself to where ever I am and warn me. "Aaaangry Chief....the economically minded movie goer should avoid this horrible bullshit..." I wasted my money on this. At least I made it up by sneaking into the King's Speech. That movie was sublime.
  • I have to say that I was entertained by the film. It probably helps that I had no real pretenses, since I wasn't too familiar with the character. The 3D was okay in some instances (the Kato-vision being one of them), however it was still very obviously post-converted.
  • At least half of Rogen's dialogue could've been cut out and the movie would've improved immensely. It seemed like whenever the camera was on him he needed to say as much as he possibly could. The action was good and there were some very funny moments in the film but overall I can just say it was an amusing movie. I thought that they filmed the movie in 3D but according to several comments here I was misinformed.
  • Tyban
    Good action movie. But there is too much Seth Rogan and him stuffing his style of comedy down your throat.
  • Robert Abraham
    The movie overall was ok. But I would rent it. Seth Rogen really messed up most of the movie by talking forever. Never really doing any acting. But trying to make dorky moments drag on. Everyone else in the movie was great. Kato was really the best thing of the movie. Even the extras were better actors than Seth Rogen. What sucks is this was a great show and someone else need to play the green hornet. Anyone else. The Green Hornet has comedy but not crap. If there is a next one I'd see it for Kato. Nothing else.
  • jjboldt
    I just felt there was too much of Seth Rogan saying "look I'm Seth Rogan and here I am doing my funny Seth Rogan stuff". Other movies it might work, but it didn't here. Why would Kato put up with such a prick like Britt Reid is in this film? So is Reid's father a prick or not? Why did they feel the need to have Kato think Reid's father was a dick? And Christopher Waltz should have had more screen time. He was good.
  • Luigi
    those fight scenes were stripped straight from Mirrors Edge the game and "the ONE" with Jet Lee. sorry but Gondry wasn't all that original with the fight scenes.
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