The Green Hornet 3-D (2011)
First of all, it’s not really 3-D, unless you actually shoot it in 3-D. Post-conversion D usually equals a pop-up-book.
Which is why I found it funny that the movie was listed as “The Green Hornet D-3” at the actual theater.
Anyway, the post-conversion wasn’t bad. It actually looked like director Gondry and crew planned for the conversion, so some things actually worked. I don’t think there’s really a reason to pay the extra five bucks for shoddy extra dimensions, but it’s up to you. It wasn’t Clash of the Titans bad.
The movie, though, was a blast. I was never a fan of the show (radio or T.V.), so I wasn’t sure if I was the target audience. Then I tried to think of any fans of the show (radio or T.V.), I knew, and realized there is no fucking audience for that. Fans of the radio show are dead and fans of the T.V. show are all just fans of Bruce Lee that found out about the show after watching Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. You know…the movie where Lee was killed by a nightmare samurai.
Hornet gets a good nod to Lee out of the way in the first third, where we see that Kato is a sketch artist. Amongst his drawrings is a page of sketches of Bruce. I believe I was the only one in the audience that got it. I guess everyone else thought Kato just got off drawing himself. I dunno. They all look the same, you know.
Most of the flick focuses on Seth Rogen as a spoiled shit that takes advantage of Kato (played by some Asian dude that is not Bruce Lee) and … that’s about it. Kato steals the movie by having some depth, though, and the flick deals with the conflict between the two quite well.
The action is … actiony. Okay, it’s actually a lot of fun. I wish the fights involving Kato had been shot smoother, but even the car and gun-play is just a hell of a lot of fun.
If you want a synopsis, just read any other review out there. I’m just letting you know that if you’re looking for a good time, this is one.
Or, you could go see Nicholas Cage in a bad wig, fighting demons. Or Anthony Hopkins pretending to be the Exorcist. It’s up to you.
I had a great time.
Rating: 4 out of 5
Nix says: It’s not changing anything, because it doesn’t need to. It’s just a lot of fun.