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"The Green Hornet" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Playboy Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) becomes the new publisher of Los Angeles' "The Daily Sentinel" after the sudden death of his father. Britt's party life is about to change when he and his driver and kung fu expert, Kato (Jay Chou), stop a robbery. With the help of Kato, Britt starts a new career of fighting crime as the masked superhero "The Green Hornet".

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 59 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2:40:1
  • 1080p, AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz
  • Directed by Michael Gondry
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This movie is nothing more than a “bromance” with some action scenes interspersed throughout. Why they decided to throw Diaz in, I’ll never know. Seth’s character is so inane and shallow, that no “real” girl would fall for him. There is no chemistry between the two at all. How does a wise-cracking, obnoxious bumbler with no fighting skills and no super power suddenly clean up the mean streets of L.A.? Perhaps Rogen can team up with Jim Carey as Superman. Now that could be funny! Chou provides both the brains and the muscle for this film, but I wish the director knew where he wanted this Black Beauty to go. The ending left me saying, “Really?"... Other than that, I enjoyed the movie.

Technical

Generally a stellar picture with sharp images, inky blacks and solid colors. Even the night scenes looked good with minimal banding or moiré effects. Sound was excellent as well. Lots of explosions and whizz-bang for the sub and surrounds. Dialog is clear, even if silly. Most of the CGI comes off well except for the parachute scene at the end.

Extras

Lots of extras (over compensating, perhaps?):PS3 Theme, Jay Chou Audition, Double Barrel, The Green Hornet Cutting Room, Filmmakers' Commentary, "Awesoom"-Gag Reel, "Trust Me" -Director Michel Gondry, Writing The Green Hornet, The Black Beauty: Rebirth of Cool, The Stunt Family Armstrong, Finding Kato and The Art of Destruction.