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Review

Harry tells you to get out there and see THE GREEN HORNET!!!

 

For the better part of my life I’ve had a fondness for THE GREEN HORNET, I say fondness because I didn’t really devour the comics, nor did I dive into the Serials with a great deal of passion, but I did love every peak I got of the GREEN HORNET tv show with Van  Williams & Bruce Lee.   Not that I got to see many of those for the vast majority of my life.

 

Instead, I mainly heard about them.  You see, growing up, I was highly exposed to the Adam West BATMAN show, much to the chagrin of my father.  You see, he was a huge fan in the seventies of the Neal Adams run on BATMAN, and pretty much disowned the camp BATMAN, but to my kid brain, Adam West’s BATMAN was awesome.  But while I watched BATMAN, Dad kept telling me about how if he had his way, I’d be watching the GREEN HORNET series that was made around the same time as the Adam West show.   And he made me thirst for it by telling me BRUCE LEE was KATO – and as a young boy, BRUCE LEE was my idol.  He had a tv spot for the show in 16mm on my 16mm KUNG FU reel.   And then there was this poster:

 

 

 

 

 

Wow.  BRUCE LEE was Kato.   The show was a mythical dream for me.   I’d seen all the BRUCE LEE movies in theaters, and my parents kept Bruce Lee’s death a secret from me until around 1978, when they broke the news to me.  I wanted to know who killed Bruce Lee and they explained to me that his brain popped one day.  Why?  Nobody knows.  

 

Now, for some reason, I never did see the seventies Theatrical GREEN HORNET feature that cut a bunch of KATO fight scenes together with a story put together in editing from the TV show.   At least, I didn’t see it until much later…  like when I was 20.   It was around this time that I began to really dig into Bruce Lee’s history, read books and discovered that he was never really allowed to choreograph his fights on the show, and always felt hemmed in by Van Williams and the producers.  

 

Sometime after College, but before I created Aint It Cool News, I made a friend with a guy that had all the GREEN HORNET tv shows on VHS, in fact, it was this point that made me befriend the guy…   This was that period in history, when you couldn’t find this sort of stuff.  After he made me dupes, we remained friends for a couple of years, Scott was a cool guy, but he headed out to the East Coast to join his family after College.

 

Anyways…  Watching the show, I liked it, but I still thought the Adam West BATMAN was more fun.   That, and I was bitter that they didn’t make better use of Kato / Bruce Lee.

 

Now, over the course of AICN, as the GREEN HORNET property was constantly being developed, I began to dig into the source material, I found the Radio Show pretty interesting, the photo cover GREEN HORNET Gold Key comics were fun, but nothing really made it stand out from BATMAN.  The idea of THE GREEN HORNET was always about how KATO was cooler. 

 

When George Clooney was attached to play the lead character, I was dying for Jet Li to play KATO – and I wanted a tough as nails bad ass GREEN HORNET movie with FIST OF LEGEND level badassery.  I wanted Master Woo Ping to choreograph the fights and John Woo to shoot it.   Alas, that never happened.

 

ALRIGHT – now Seth Rogen steps in with Neal Moritz producing.   The idea scared me.   I’m totally honest on that.   But then they nabbed Michel Gondry to direct and suddenly I became fascinated.   Instantly I knew this wasn’t going to be the ultra serious bad ass version of THE GREEN HORNET, that I always dreamt of, but it would be something unforgettable…  unless it just sucked ass.

 

Cut to programming BNAT 12.   The very first film I went after was THE GREEN HORNET.  First inquiry made was THE GREEN HORNET.  I wanted it, because it would most likely make me feel like a kid watching it.  And for my birthday, that’s exactly how I want to feel.   Especially the older I get.   After a week or so, I was told the film would not be ready and that THE GREEN HORNET would not be playing BNAT.

 

I could not believe that.   The film was opening a month after BNAT, and had had its date moved by months.   How could it not be ready, so for about 3 months, I thought this must be a stinker.   After all, if it were great, wouldn’t they want to start the buzz going strong about a month ahead of time.

 

So then I started programming, put it out of my mind, but a little sad that perhaps Gondry bungled it.   Then about 9 days before BNAT, I get a call saying they want GREEN HORNET to play BNAT, and would I like to see the film in advance, honestly – at 11 films – I had some extra time to play with so I said sure.

 

3 days before BNAT, I saw the film in a college recruited audience with Yoko & Cartuna.   By this point, we knew this was at the least – a comedy.   But I really wanted it to be good.  

 

What I saw delighted me thoroughly, so much so that I programmed it for BNAT – and told Sony that I’d be up for handling advance screenings around the country, as this is a film to screen for AICN audiences.  

 

Upfront – There will be people that wish this film was played straight, and will never be able to adjust that this is a Comedy first and foremost.   But if you can make that leap – and from our advance screenings, it certainly seems most can, well you’re in for a blast.

 

Here’s the REVIEW….

 

 

The film begins with a pudgy Britt Reid in the back of a limo playing with a 12 inch  off brand superhero action figure, holding it out the car window.   Lost in that little kid imagination one has when holding an action figure out the car window to pretend it is flying.   He doesn’t seem overly enthused though.   He’s been sent to see his father, James Reid, the owner of a media empire and Editor In Chief of the Daily Sentinel in Los Angeles.   Lil Britt is being sent to his father’s office to be scolded for getting in a fight at school.   Seems some bullies were picking on a girl, and Britt came to the rescue, got caught fighting, and sent home to his father.   Tom Wilkinson seems like a scary fucking father.   He’s tough on the boy, treating him as though he were a man, tearing the head off his superhero toy and throwing it in the trash can.  

 

Britt never recovered from that incident.  In fact, he spent the rest of his life punishing his father for it, the spoilt rich son of a Billionaire Media Industrialist…  He partied, screwed around, made out in every car of his father’s amazing Stark-ian collection.   He pretty much became one of those terrible spoiled uber-rich types that shows up in the tabloids and makes us all wish for an untimely death.  

 

Britt considered his ‘kept life’ a joke.   Something to waste, because what could he possibly do to make his over-bearing demanding father happy?   Nothing, so what’s the point.   This fucker ripped the head off my favorite childhood toy, perhaps something his mother gave him, FUCK HIM.

 

Then, one day, driving home with another babe to fuck and leave, there’s a media circus outside his estate and the news hits…  JAMES REID dead.  Killed by a bee sting.   Suddenly, Britt is the sole owner of a vast media empire, that we only see the tip of in this film.

 

At this point you can see, he’s dazed.  He’s not particularly sad to see his father dead, but now his life has no point at all.  What can he do?  If he runs the paper, he’ll just fuck it up, he didn’t prep his life to become his Dad, he prepped his life to be everything but his Dad.  After a day that included going to the Daily Sentinel, meeting his father’s right hand man at the Newspaper, Axford – played wonderfully by Edward James Olmos, sitting at his father’s desk, sipping some booze that was left in one of his father’s desk.   Eyeing the waste basket that his precious toy’s head was thrown into, he tells Axford that he can do whatever he wants with the newspaper.  That he’s never read a full edition and could care less.  He’s not the man to do it.

 

After that sort of self-realization, he returns to his pad, fires his father’s staff and probably got drunk as fuck.   I only know this from information that happens later, but the main thing is, he wakes up, grabs his coffee that is fresh brewed and sitting next to his bed…  and it doesn’t have that creamy beautiful leaf drawn in the foam of the coffee.   He sips it, and it is dreadful.   WHAT THE FUCK!

 

He demands to know who had been making his coffee for his adult life and he’s told KATO, his father’s car mechanic.   He demands to see KATO.

 

At this point in the film, it is kind of impossible to imagine this guy becoming any kind of superhero.   I mean, he’s about as likely to be a superhero as… ummm…  Seth Rogen.

 

Enter Jay Chou / KATO.  Here’s a guy that has been wasting away working for Britt’s father…  not really happy, making a few modifications to the cars, but nothing to crazy.  But when he and Britt get drunk together…  they decide to do something crazy…   Cut the head off his father’s statue at his cemetery plot.   Heroic, huh?  

 

After successfully beheading his father’s ‘eternal shrine’ – he comes across something that strikes back to his youth.   A couple in danger, bullies in the dark jumping them, it looks like it could get real ugly, so in his drunken stupor he tries to be brave.  The same thought he had as a kid.   When the gang pulls out weapons, chases him down and threaten to do significant damage to him with a switchblade…  Suddenly a fist burst through a car window, then we hop into KATO VISION mode.   I can’t describe it, too fucking cool.  

 

In fact – that’s all I’m really going to unfold of the movie, at least in that kind of detail.

 

From here, the accidental dynamic duo decide…  this was fun, this was exciting, this is what they were destined for.  At this point, Britt Reid, spoiled brat, Billionaire Heir…  unleashes his superpower, financing whatever KATO can dream up.  And KATO is a fucking mechanical, bio-chemical super genius that also…  is a master of kung-fu that has heightened Asian meta-human abilities that…  involve Gondry’s KATO VISION.   Britt, emboldened by his new found dream friend, sets about concocting their Superhero backstory as Super Villains, he uses the publicity of his Father’s Statue’s beheading to begin to have the paper declare GREEN HORNET as essentially public enemy #1.  He hires the brainy Cameron Diaz as his Secretary, and more.   No, not that, but you’ll see.

 

Throughout all of this though – we’re introduced to Christoph Waltz’s Chudnofsky – leader of all crime in Los Angeles.   Again, I will not spoil his character, but suffice to say…  Chudnofsky is as uniquely portrayed as Waltz’s Hans Landa.   Instantly, you’ll reckon that he’s an actor you’re pretty sure you’re going to follow for the rest of your life.   He’s just fucking awesomely unexpected, throughout the film.   I LOVE HIS TAKE ON THE CRIMINAL MASTERMIND.   It is unique as hell. 

 

There’s several action sequences, each inventive, funny and unexpected.   As the story continues, there’s problems between Britt & Kato.   Violence throughout the city and I’m pretty sure the loss of life and injury to bystanders must add up.  

 

The thing about the film is that for one, the casting is great.   Jay Chou is a great Kato, he’s no Bruce Lee, but then – neither was Bruce Lee when he got to play Kato.   Instead, he’s a guy that dreamt of being Bruce Lee.   He’s cool, his own man, but basically without any real resources without the limitless pocketbook of Britt Reid.

 

Britt wants to play the big hero, but the fact is – without Kato, he’d be fucked.   Or at the very least, dead.   As a result, they’re a real partnership.   It works.   Its silly, its goofy, it’s a bit crazy and violent as hell in places, but you’ve never seen a Superhero film quite like this. 

 

That’s mainly due to Michel Gondry.

 

Now I’ve seen the film 3 times now, the 3rd time in 3D.   This is extremely good post-3D, but most of that is, again due to two things.   One, Gondry planned it to be 3D, so his shot composition is classic with depth and perspective always in mind.   If you see it in 2D, and I’d recommend seeing it in 2D first, because it will help you with the 3D experience, because you’ll know what is going on.   In 3D, it can be a bit overpowering.   But I guarantee if you see it in 2D, you’re gonna die to see what they do with some of the shots.   Some of KATO VISION is so damn cool in 3D, it’s crazy.   The dream and imagination sequences that Gondry cooks up are again, awesome in 3D.   And then the explosions – with the digital glass exploding out at us in 3D…  it’s a good thing you’re wearing protective eye wear.   Heh.

 

This is playful 3D, when the scenes really call for it.   At other times, you’ll hardly notice the 3D, if you take the glasses off and on in many of the sequences, you’ll see the foreground characters solid, but you’ll notice a slight double image to the blurry out of focus backgrounds, but if you pull the glasses on, suddenly you’ll notice depth behind the characters.  It is a bit View Master, but cool View Master – and when the action scenes are going on, they’re incredible.   Especially in the DePalma gone crazy scene.

 

I had a blast with GREEN HORNET, my nephew loved it at BNAT, but went nuts for it in 3D.  And my father, who saw all of 4 minutes of GREEN HORNET at BNAT due to hitting a wall of tired, when he finally really saw the movie in 3D, he was singing its praises – and he’s someone that listened to the Radio Show, read the pulps and was the kid at college going nuts over it, instead of the more overtly campy BATMAN.

 

After the series of AICN GREEN HORNET screenings, I have to say – I got more thank you letters than I’ve gotten for just about any of the wide spread AICN screenings – and only one full on negative review, which I’ll be publishing with the others tomorrow.

 

But realize – this is a Michel Gondry movie, unlike any that we’ve seen, it is most definitely a Seth Rogen vehicle – so if you’re tired of him, I’m not sure this will be your cup of tea, but you’ll be missing out on pure awesome from Jay Chou and Christoph Waltz.   Oh – and the funniest scene at Cameron Diaz’s expense that I’ve seen in a film… ever.   So fucking wrong and funny.

 

So there ya have it, an exhaustive look at this GREEN HORNET and my background with the character.   It’s easily the best film of this 2 week old year, that isn’t an Academy chaser.   It feels odd that this is a January release.   It’s way better than its date.

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  • Jan. 11, 2011, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Post 0

    by HEADGEEK

    Harry reviews THE GREEN HORNET which he's seen 3 times already!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Post 0.1

    by HEADGEEK

    Ok, this time I mean it, here's my GREEN HORNET review, having seen it 3 times!!!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Tosh.0

    by TresEquis

    Is that show any good?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:11 p.m. CST

    very fun movie

    by leeland

    excited to see it again

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    100% Gondry and 100% Rogen?

    by ROBRAM89

    I don't know if that's really possible.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:20 p.m. CST

    Had a funny feeling you would like this, Harry

    by KevinMuller

    This just screams extreme epic geekness, which I have no problem with. I am looking forward to seeing it.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:21 p.m. CST

    Bought and paid for yet again!

    by thebearovingian

    The Green Hornet isn't really grabbing me by the plums. Will I go or won't I? ? ? ? ? One more thing before I rush off: why the hell do we have to click on the "+ expand all" link TWICE for the damn comments to show? Works just fine after the initial opening so why not right off the bat? I've tried it on multiple computers so it ain't just me.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:22 p.m. CST

    does such a movie

    by lostboytexas

    deserve such a long ass review? sheeeeeeesh ;-)

  • Kato flicks a CG bottle cap that the camera follows for shitsake! That represents everything that's wrong with modern blockbuster films. Are scenes like that even necessary? Is that scene supposed to impress us? I mean shit, just because CG can do anything do we have too?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    DogmaJedi Post.o1

    by Dogma_Jedi

    I saw this several weeks ago in Dallas. It's a fun flick. It's like Pineapple Express meets Lethal Weapon meets a superhero movie. Kato rocks!

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    by Laguna_Nigel

    Kato looks like the best thing inn the movie that being typed I have seen movies with way less of a reason. The looks actually funny and action packed! We all hate seth but maybe this can show him in a glove like role?

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    I saw it at a preview screening, Harry's right

    by bullet3

    I've pretty much flat out stopped believing harry's reviews since he recommended Iron Man 2 and Tron Legacy, so I thought I should chime in and say this movie is actually really good. Seth Rogen is really funny in it, and the movie has some outstanding action sequences. The last half an hour is one crazy car-chase/gun-battle. I'd really advise people to check this one out.

  • Embargos hurt reporting, criticism and public interest in favor of marketing. Instead of Harry's article being about art, the post embargo release makes it more of an advertisement. This strategy is harmful to the merits of reviews and thusly the art of cinema. AICN, I challenge you to write about art as it happens, as you see it, not wrangled under corporate red tape which makes it more their output than independent reporting. I think AICN can bring integrity back to film reviews and criticism via no corporate meddling. It's best for AICN, it's best for film lovers, it's best for the actual art of cinema. The challenge has been presented. Any takers? Or just corporate tools? Please feel free to discuss the pros and cons of TRUE critique. Thank you.

  • Jan. 11, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Gonna see it the same day as the Spider-Man musical, Harry!

    by la_sith

    You begin two sentences in a row with, "You see." What are you, 10? Your reviews always read like a fucking elementary school book report, but worse. Pure pain. I don't know why I bother. It never gets better.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, midnight CST

    but yahoo news says it sucks

    by antonphd

    thanks for the review, harry. i can't wait to see this one. i need something to make up for having to watch half of Season of the Witch. only the 3rd time in my entire life i have walked out of a movie.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, midnight CST

    FUCK 3D

    by Gluecifer

    I won't pay for it if I can't see it in 2D. And I won't pay first in 2D to see it later in 3D (not the kind of masterpiece I wanna see twice in a theatre, $orry). I'll wait for a regular free DVD, it will be enough (like 99% of the movies).

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:17 a.m. CST

    I want to see this movie.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

    "his brain popped"

    by criticalbliss

    " I’d seen all the BRUCE LEE movies in theaters, and my parents kept Bruce Lee’s death a secret from me until around 1978, when they broke the news to me. I wanted to know who killed Bruce Lee and they explained to me that his brain popped one day. Why? Nobody knows. " <p> Truly awesome... It's true. Nobody does know. Sometimes brains pop. <p> Just kidding, Harry. Nice writeup.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:05 a.m. CST

    Harry LOVED Phantom Menace and Cabin Fever.

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    Just sayin'

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:10 a.m. CST

    Screened GH tonight...

    by Heckles

    ...and it wasn't as terrible as I thought it would be. It's exactly what you would expect from a Green Hornet movie written by and starring Seth Rogen. Exactly. The only thing missing was a joint. There is no reason for this film to be in 3D, other than sucking another few dollars from you. I forgot the film was in 3D until the end credits. Christoph Waltz owned each scene. His power grab in the first few minutes with an out-of-place James Franco reeled me in. Forgot Cameron Diaz was in this flick, over and over again. The guy who played Kato was solid. Kept up with Rogen's over-the-top, unbalanced antics. I have a feeling people made up their minds about this movie long ago. Go with your gut.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    Have to pass. So long, gay boyyys!

    by Fa Fa Fooey

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:22 a.m. CST

    plant

    by HandsomeDead

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    I don't like my super heroes comedic. Easy pass.

    by Daredrummer

    Kick Ass is about as tongue in cheek/comedic as I'll let my super heroics get. The last thing I need to see is a return to 60's camp via Seth Rogen. NO THANKS. I'll put this one on my "list": Green Hornet, The Spirit, The Phantom, Dick Tracy, that's just a sampling of the franchises I could care less about that someone seems to love...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:44 a.m. CST

    So which should I see it in Harry, 3-D or 2-D?

    by sonnyfern

    I can't afford to see it twice, and I wanna get the best out of it...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Where's the Brown Hornet starring Martin Lawrence?

    by Fa Fa Fooey

    Now THAT...would still suck. So long, gay boyyys!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Saw the preview in front of T:L

    by Shubniggorath

    Looks fun, the trailer at least was a pleasant surprise after the roller coaster of development hell it went through. Not as cool as the 3D Thor trailer though ffffuuuuuuuu

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 3:07 a.m. CST

    Was it as good as The Lovely Bones?

    by darthpigman

    That was another great one, wow.

  • You know, a real movie critic. Even when I think he's wrong, I still respect his opinion. Can't say the same here.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:53 a.m. CST

    Gondry said he thinks superheroes

    by Dennis_Moore

    are fascist, in an interview in the recent issue of Juxtapoz magazine.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:03 a.m. CST

    been watching Freaks and Geeks

    by alan_poon

    Whatever happened to that Seth Rogen, the one who maybe said ten/fifteen words during a whole episode yet they were usually quite funny? Is he a whizz freak or something? He never shuts the fuck up.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:36 a.m. CST

    Hornet, Lantern

    by Gezoes

    Please. It's what kids would get if their parents couldn't afford a superhero. Skip.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Chudnofsky

    by smallerdemon

    "He’s just fucking awesomely unexpected, throughout the film." Absolutely. He's genuinely unnerving in what would have been a mustache twirling roll for most actors. It leaves me thinking just how good Harry Potter could have been if Waltz's "discovery" in English speaking cinema had been sooner and we'd have seen him as Voldemort. Not that I want to see Waltz typecast as villains since he would be equally good in nearly any mind fuck movie as the person on the receiving end of the mind fuck. The guy has so much upcoming potential for English speaking movies it makes me grin just thinking about what might be coming down the line from him if he's used properly.<p> Luckily, Chudnofsky isn't a mustache twirler, and I'm sure Waltz considered a lot of things when considering his IB followup and I'm guessing the chance to work with Gondry figured in heavily for this role. He gets to take what would have been a throwaway role as a villain from what very much feels like an 80s action-comedy (in fact, I really just realized how much this movie reminds me of Beverly Hills Cop in some odd ways) and turn it into The Self Doubting Philosopher Villain that I flat out have never seen before.<p> My initial response to The Green Hornet was a little on the cool side, but in the weeks since BNAT12 I realized how happy I was to see it with such a great crowd and also that I got to see it at all. It wasn't on my radar for something I would hire a babysitter to go see or trade off time with my wife for her to be at home while I was out seeing it. It's funny, though, how often I've thought back on The Green Hornet post-BNAT12 as one of the most fun highlights of the programming. My concerns about it playing too much to Rogen's goofy element were what kept me cool toward it, and that's inevitably there to a degree but not as much as I anticipated. It is so well balanced by Jay Chou's Kato that the movie successfully pulls off its Hong Kong Phooey ("The Sidekick Is The Real Super Hero").<p> Cameron Diaz might go unmentioned or unrecognized in a lot of reviews. Her part is small but crucial to the evolution of the duo, and I loved that they hung a lampshade on her age as a way of poking at the notions of age about women in Hollywood. She's funny in that she's basically the straight man to Rogen's Lothario that his character can't seem to tame and to Kato's unreserved sincerity but shyness. It's pretty much a thankless roll to have in the movie that she makes hilarious more than once.<p> I have not seen the 3D, but Kato-vision was awesome in 2D and made the BNAT12 crowd say "AW YEAH!" more than once. I can only imagine in 3D that it will put a grin on you that's hard to wipe off.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10 a.m. CST

    Watching the Green Hornet marathon on SyFy...

    by DellsDontBounce

    And as goofily straight arrow as it is, I am enjoying the heck out of it. I am actually going to see the Gondry/Rogen version this weekend.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Tron Legacy...Twilight...Scott Pilgrim...Serbian Film...

    by knowthyself

    While disliking Inception. Leaving Toy Story 3 off your top ten list along with 127 Hours. Yeah..sorry big guy. I just don't trust you anymore.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 10:14 a.m. CST

    George Clooney as Green Hornet and Donnie Yen as Kato...

    by samuraiyao

    Holy shit, that would be a fucking bad ass Serious Green Hornet movie... Clooney would be perfect as the Green Hornet and Donnie Yen as Kato is fantastic.. Donnie Yen speaks better english than Jay Chou or any other Asian martial arts star...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    3D is LAME

    by D o o d

    it hasn't been done with any successful results by anyone. The vibrant colors of 2D and the lack of extra peripheral on my nose are reasons enough to never want to see 3D! Post 3D is just pure retarded. The idea that a director shot and composed the film with the intent of 3D is rediculous beyond belief! You need to see the results as you shoot to have any idea of what 3D will look like!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    God dammit harry's reviews always piss me off

    by tlyel37

    He's always just so consistently incoherent. I can't fucking follow it. "The thing about the film is that for one, the casting is great. Jay Chou is a great Kato, he’s no Bruce Lee, but then – neither was Bruce Lee when he got to play Kato. Instead, he’s a guy that dreamt of being Bruce Lee. He’s cool, his own man, but basically without any real resources without the limitless pocketbook of Britt Reid." What? You can't start talking about how the casting is great and then only talk about one actor. And it's impossible to tell if he's talking about the actor or the character here. And Harry also has an odd knack for writing the longest sentence fragments I've ever read. "After a day that included going to the Daily Sentinel, meeting his father’s right hand man at the Newspaper, Axford – played wonderfully by Edward James Olmos, sitting at his father’s desk, sipping some booze that was left in one of his father’s desk." I mean, c'mon, that's just unpleasant to read.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Donnie Yen WAS Fantastic as Kato

    by Stalkeye

    The return of Chen Zhen AKA Legend of the Fist is a far superior film than Rogen's Hornet.yeah, I'm gonna take the advice from a guy that rated Serbian Film and 'Pilgrim as best films of 2010? Fuck Youuuuuuuuuu!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 12:54 p.m. CST

    No reason to see this in 3D

    by Heckles

    3D in Green Hornet: Kato opening beers and the bottle caps whizzing by, a few explosions... that's it. I forgot I had on 3D glasses until the end credits. To call this flick 3D is a joke. Total cash grab.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    C'mon...the trailers have been SHIT!

    by ninpobugei

    This movie looks like it was made for 14-year-old boys. The humor is lame, the aerial-fu is lame, the pratfalls are lame...sorry, but this movie looks like stupidity personified. I groan every time I see a trailer on TV.</p> <p> I can usually tell if I'll like a movie by its trailer (very rarely have I been wrong). And from everything I've seen, there is NOTHING that makes me want to see this idiotic film. This is one fanboy staying FAR from the theater on this one. I'm hoping it tanks so that we can avoid further insults to our intelligence.</p> <p> As for Harry's reviews of films, I've learned long ago that I tend to side more with Massawyrm. Harry is a super guy, a really genuine person, and I love him to death, but his tastes and mine just don't gel (SCOTT PILGRIM as your best film of 2010, Harry?!?! (still shaking my head over that one)).

  • Lee died from swelling of the brain caused by a hypersensitivity to meprobamate, a muscle relaxant in a painkiller called Equagesic. He wasn't killed by Tongs, Triads, the Yakuza, the CIA, or space aliens. It was simply a horrible accident. Harry, didn't you yourself have a severe reaction to a medication last year? I almost died just over a year ago from a prescription and had a serious adverse reaction. Shit happens and it usually has a mundane explanation.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 1:13 p.m. CST

    Im guessing its as bad as this review

    by Arcadian Del Sol

    seriously.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Prediction...

    by Lemure_v2

    It might do okay this weekend with all the hype, but expect a BIG drop-off.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Comedy Green Hornet = NO INTEREST IN SEEING IT DO ANYTHING BUT FAIL!

    by CeejayNightwing

    Tired of Hollywood going the safe route of the action comedy with every thing. The integrity of other peoples art means nothing anymore and people like Harry are too easily bought with the same old fanboy weakness of " I was entertained, therfore its a good film" viewpoint despite it not doing the very basic job of ADAPTING the source material in tone as well as look! All these years waiting and they try to buy us off with a Green Hornet spoof? Please, I still have MY integrity and respect for the late Bruce Lee. No oaf in the green hornet suit is gonna get a penny of my cash!

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Harry's childhood

    by MrD

    Seems to be filled with nothing but things that are of supreme importance. It seems like every film features his favorite actor/actress/character/wet dream. These reviews have become self-parody (unintentionally, I guess). That said,Harry's is not the only positive review out there. The film seems to be getting good buzz, and not in a "for a January film" sort of way. I look forward to seeing it.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 5:57 p.m. CST

    " DePalma gone crazy scene" - ??? -

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Please explain...

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Come for the inane reviews, stay for the poor grammar...

    by pvjoker

    "but I did love every peak I got of the GREEN HORNET tv show with Van Williams & Bruce Lee." PEAK is the highest point of something. PEEK is taking a short look at something. And people wonder why bloggers and internet journalists do not get respect as those who actually possess functional grammar skills. But if Harry was judged on his English skills and ability to write coherent reviews, this site would have been aint-it-domain-name-parked.com for years now.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 7:14 p.m. CST

    I Don't trust this review

    by oaser

    because we know of Harry's man-love for Seth Rogan. There seems to be a fear of pissing him off or shitting on the material in this review. This is the same man who loved "Godzilla," for Christ's sake. Although, I have been hearing a lot of positive reviews for this movie so far -- respected reviewers and fans alike. So while I trust this one, maybe we'll all come back to it and realize that it was a good movie, and Harry was right. Or we'll just question how big the check was this time.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST

    pvjoker

    by la_sith

    +1

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 9:47 p.m. CST

    Saw a preview screening tonight

    by Dijonase24

    I more or less liked it. It felt too long, especially in the middle with an unnecessary "I don't trust you anymore, let's fight" bit between Britt and Kato. I thought the fight scenes were generally well done but it didn't look like they spent very much so the effects were a bit choppy and cheap looking in places. I give it a pass on that, though, because the fights were still fun and inventive. I didn't think I'd like Rogen much but I think he works the way the movie plays it. He's mostly an idiot, but he's a funny idiot. I was happy to actually like Rogen in something again. He's given a couple of scenes where he needs to shine as a hero and he fails miserably, only to be embarrassed or need Kato to clean up after him. Kato's the real hero here and the movie knows it. Britt Reid is the money man no matter how full of himself he may be. Oh, and I'd recommend seeing it in 2D. I should preface this by saying that I'm against 3D completely, but despite Harry's review there was nothing added by glass exploding out in 3D. It's a gimmick and it added nothing to the experience. Mostly it just caused some minor eye strain. But see the movie. It's funny and exciting and worth checking out.

  • Jan. 12, 2011, 11:28 p.m. CST

    Yes, it's genuinely bad. As in BAD. As in horrifically awful.

    by tensticks

    The season of suckjob movies 2011 has begun, and bad movies have a pretty high--or is that low?--bar to hit following the abysmal atrocity that is THE GREEN HORNET. Good gods, I can't even put into words how bad this thing is. I just saw it for free in a sneak preview, and I want a refund. That's 2 hours of my life (4 counting waiting in line) wasted, which I'll never get back. I mean--even the things I THOUGHT would redeem this movie--don't. As great as Jay Chow is as Kato, he doesn't save it. Cameron Diaz is her usual plucky self, but--so what? Edward James Olmos--I didn't even know he was in it, and I'm a huge fan--totally phones it in. As for Christoph Waltz, aka Hans Landa of Inglourious Basterds--the one thing I was most looking forward to in this film, was how he would play a bombastic comic book villain, and to say that he was criminally underused and understated doesn't even begin to cover it. This guy is a brilliant actor who absolutely deserved a big fat American paycheck movie and to have fun in the process. Sadly, he deserverd a better one, and after this, I fear his shot at American stardom may be gone. The positive, glowing reviews I'm reading on AICN and elsewhere MUST have been bought and paid for. NO ONE with any integrity could review this movie favorably. It's too long, it's needlessly confusing, and it features star/writer/producer Seth Rogan at his absolute best--which is tantamount to saying "Verne Troyer at his absolute tallest". Not being a devotee of the source material, I can't tell you how it stacks up as an adaptation--I can only tell you how it fares as a film, and it fares BADLY. The last time I saw a movie this bad, seriously, was "Dumb and Dumberer". It's traditional for the studios to bury movies they KNOW are bombs in the first two months of the year--such as last year's REPO MEN--but in this case, man oh man--I think they just wanted to get this thing out there so that they, and everyone else, could just forget about it. Seriously, this is a bad, bad, bad, awful, not even "so bad it's good" film. It just plain SUCKS from start to finish, and I would not recommend it to ANYONE.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST

    Well if Harry said to go out and see it...

    by TheApostle

    I'll wait and see what Ebert and other reputable critics have to say.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Oh nevermind...

    by TheApostle

    It's getting the shit kicked out of it on Rotten Tomatoes. Ebert gives it one star and says, ""The Green Hornet" is an almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about. Although it follows the rough storyline of previous versions of the title, it neglects the construction of a plot engine to pull us through. There are pointless dialogue scenes going nowhere much too slowly, and then pointless action scenes going everywhere much too quickly." Kind of strange how Harry says this is such a great movie but most everyone else says something completely different. Hmmm...

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:55 a.m. CST

    tensticks

    by lock67ca

    That's a more honest and comprehensible review than anything Harry has written in the last ten years.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Somehow I believe Ebert

    by lock67ca

    And, somehow, I believe Harry's wallet is much heaver than it was before this so-called review was posted.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    Ebert gives it 1 star

    by KevinMuller

    Said it is pointless and Rogen is miscast

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:01 a.m. CST

    So I WAS reading this review...

    by VinnyMac666

    and half way through realized that I was simply reading someone telling me about the movie scene by scene and ruining it or at the least depriving me of experiencing it and forming my own opinions. Kind of a failure as a review in my opinion.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:40 a.m. CST

    Thanks Lock

    by tensticks

    That was all pretty much stream of consciousness shooting-from-the-hipt; I wasn't even really trying. I honestly appreciate the kind words, but be careful or we could both be kicked off the site...

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    Or even worse

    by tensticks

    Offer me a writing job on the staff.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Harry says to go see it? Won't be seeing it then.

    by Cash907

    As if I needed another reason to avoid this unimaginative piece of crap, Harry's seal of approval is just the lard-laced icing on the shit cake.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Fan of Bruce Lee...AND...son Brandon Lee (still missed)

    by JDanielP

    I had to stop reading once your review began, then read the last two paragraphs. I don't like to know too much. Sounds like a fun time, with laughs and action. A summer movie in January? Hell, yeah!!! <P>I hope to have a sitter this weekend. Even us married couples enjoy having a date, every now and then.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:07 a.m. CST

    Bruce Lee/Brandon Lee fight choreography

    by JDanielP

    ...the way I imagined Batman could fight, from the time I was a child.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    tresequis, Tosh is funny - but he does way too many gay jokes.

    by impossibledreamers

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Sick of Rogen

    by blue meanie

    Once I saw the trailers for this in the theater, it was immediately "game over" for me once Rogen's face appeared on screen. I love Michael Gondry's work and have enjoyed all of his movies. He definitely is a uniquely creative film maker with a weird but cool sensibility to all of his films--he simply makes films that distort your perception of reality and bring you into his alternate world. However, with that wise cracking slouch Seth Rogen, nothing Gondry can do will save this pic. Rogen should stick to his lovey-dovey "Knocked Up" chick flicks, and leave the superhero stuff to others. I'll pass.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Rogen is the new Cera

    by knowthyself

  • Jan. 13, 2011, noon CST

    Has a good movie EVER been released in January?

    by knowthyself

  • Jan. 13, 2011, noon CST

    Ruh Roh

    by LLcruize2

    Well Harry, I know you put a lot of stock in what the culmination of reviews out on Rottentomatoes says (bad reviews out there was cited as one of the reasons you were not going to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine). Good thing you actually saw Green Hornet and based your opinion on what you experienced. Otherwise, you wouldn't even go seen Green Hornet based on what the print critics say. If you take a gander out there right now, Green Hornet is not doing well. It is at 43% overall fresh rating. To add insult to injury, the Top Critics are hammering it. Right now it has a 15% fresh rating with the cream of the crop folks. Your boy Ebert's headline to his review reads : "The Green Hornet" is an almost unendurable demonstration of a movie with nothing to be about." Guess you guys are not seeing eye to eye again on a movie. I have found personally that to be the case as he used to be a critic I looked to as a good gauge of if I would like a movie. But anymore, if he gives it a thumbs down, I am probably going to like it. Only 61 reviews have been tallied, but normally, by this point, the rating you see is pretty indicative of what the final ratio of like/dislike will be.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    FETT SAYS TO STAY HOME AND SAVE YOUR EYES!

    by Jaster

    Not because I've seen it, but because I've seen a couple of trial;ers and it's quite learly a warm plate o' shit.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST

    good point llcruize2! He refuased to watch Wolverine

    by Jaster

    But he begs the producers to let him see this shit? And it's all just a huge COINCIDENCE that every reviewer on AICN thinks Green Hornet is the cinematic equivelant of getting blown by a toothless Natalie Portman and the whole rest of the world thinks it's a rotting sack of garbage? Who could possibly think money was involved? *eyeroll*

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    There is no way Harry could do a bad review on it

    by coconutgroves

    If he didn't like it, he just wouldn't post a review. But Sony screened it for him, most likely paying his travel. The offered it for BNAT. Then asked him to host screenings. You don't have to be smart to figure this one out. Plus, his review was an "exhausting" look, which pretty much means he talked it up. Thanks again Harry - I always feel like I need to go wash up after reading one of your reviews.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Big Budget January Releases

    by bobjustbob

    Are always shit. That's why they are dumped into a horrible release month. And Seth Rogen is aggressively unfunny and unwatchable.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Still don't know why Stephen Chow was dumped

    by seasider

    from the project. I hope the movie does well though it would've been cool to see Chow in the Kate role.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 1:51 p.m. CST

    ASS: THE MOVIE

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Starring: Seth Rogen as Ass.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Dead On Arrival

    by Subtitles_Off

    This one was a hard-sell anyway, but Harry loves it? Hehehehehehe.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Suggestions to Harry from a writer...

    by allykatD

    <P>Harry, please stop with the long and unnecessary preambles preceding your reviews. You give unecessary information about your background, your childhood, your qualifications or lack thereof coming into a particular movie. No one cares about that information. We want to read the review. If you want to add a qualification for a review keep it to a paragraph. Think of it this way, can you imagine if all the reviews on movies started with 15 paragraphs of personal information from the writer?</P> <P> Is there anyone who can proofread your material? No one is perfect, all writers have a proofreader. An editor will be able to correct grammar and help you cut out the extraneous material that frustrates a reader. Your casual style is fine, but a little extra work will turn out a professional and readable review with your quirkiness intact.</P>

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    "This movie looks like it was made for 14-year-old boys."

    by Subtitles_Off

    Guess what? It was! Every fukken dumb-ass blockbuster this site champions is made for 14 year-old, rather dull boys. Except for TOY STORY 3. That was made for 35 year-old malformed adults with the development of 14 yr-old, rather dull boys.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:24 p.m. CST

    Roger Ebert says it's "Nothing but Bad Buzz"

    by Seacor

    1 star: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110112/REVIEWS/110119995

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Acclaim does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    "High hopes of magic from the Gondry-Rogen pairing are dashed. Some neat touches aside, this isn’t so much eternal sunshine, more superbad."<p> EMPIRE magazine only gives GREEN HORNET 2 stars out of 5.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Bruce Lee on Green Hornet

    by Hipshot

    Bruce did choreograph one fight: the one with Mako. Mako was doubled by Danny Inosanto, who I had the honor of training with for three years. He was one of Bruce's closest friends, and the man who inherited his system (although he never taught it as "Jeet Kune Do." The fight can be seen HERE-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uhrB5MEcEs

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Grew up with a fondness for Green Hornet...

    by PorkChopXpress

    ...although, I never really read the comics or watched the show. I mean, I HEARD about it, and that name...oh, that wonderful name. I was so fond of it. But mostly because it's niche and will help solidify my geek cred if I say I liked it before everyone else. Seriously, though. Shit movie.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Seriously, fuck this movie

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    No way, it's a fucking tragedy that we did not get a serious movie and you should be a shamed of yourself Harry for endorsing this huge piece of shit.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST

    When Stephen Chow walked off this project,

    by Chief Joseph

    I knew it would be shit. He walked off of Dragonball Evolution, too, after the studios miscast Son Goku with some whitebread shithead. He probably didn't want to work with Rogan.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Does Harry have any defenders left at this point?

    by lock67ca

    His Talkbacks are becoming increasingly negative, with fewer and fewer people coming to his defense. Gee, I wonder why? He's really not even trying to hide it any more.

  • Jan. 13, 2011, 11:59 p.m. CST

    Movie was enjoyable in an unexpecting way..

    by CodeName

    I thought the set-up was slow, but it started getting interesting near the end. The comedy worked. And it's Michel Gondry!

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    A.O. SCOTT - NYT REVIEW

    by Grinning White Skull

    “The Green Hornet,” based on an ancient and much-adapted radio serial, with Seth Rogen in the title role and Michel Gondry behind the camera, is quite a bit less than the sum of its appealing parts... ...Mr. Gondry, a visual artisan of unmatched ingenuity, brings some of his trademark handmade whimsy to this, his first foray into franchise filmmaking, conventional action and newfangled 3-D. But the dull commercial imperatives of the genre overpower both his homespun surrealist wit and Mr. Rogen’s coarse, anarchic humor. “The Green Hornet” is not terrible, just pointless, and it offers further proof that superheroism is, at least for now, pretty well tapped out as a vein of lucrative pop-cultural bounty.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    This site has lost all credibility....

    by Bruda5000

    I was at the Minneapolis screening, and while I didn't hate the film I certainly didn't think it was good. Where are the dissenting reviews like mine or another viewer I spoke with that night? Hopefully Im wrong but I do believe Harry has become a plant. Selling out his objectivity to be part of the system! Anarchy!

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 5:32 a.m. CST

    Harry told us to get out there and see The Phantom Menace...

    by BiggusDickus

    Just to put this bloke's recommendations into perspective...

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Agree with my big dicked friend

    by proevad

    Ebert has a let me down far fewer times than harry has. Avoiding this like the plague. Plus the trailer is meh as hell. You're not a bad writer tho, harry.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Welcome to fanboy hell: 2011's Jar Jar Binks vs. the World

    by James_Camera_On

    The reviews for the Green Hornet have not been good at all. Check out rottentomatoes.com which I figured most people did anyway, but maybe not. Average score: 2 stars (i.e. "Meh minus"). Save your money. Reading the reviews on AICN, the always erratic and unreliable Harry, and the usually reliable Capone makes we seriously question the credibility of all concerned. A lot of people have complained that this site is just too close to hollywood, especially when it comes to comic book movies. Maybe if the market turned against comic book movies in a big way there would be hope.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Green Hornet....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    Was not a campy, crappy, character and Rogen is a miscast. I'm quite sure Harry's "Kevin from the Wonder years like narration" will convince some folks to go see this travesty and it may very well be "fun" and better than what you may have expected from a January dumping ground film but being a FAN of GREEN HORNET I'm with Ebert on this one....Star that is. Hopefully this character will undergo the Schumacher effect whereas after the smoke clears and people notice nipples on the costumes the reboot will be put into play and FANS of the original T.V. and radio show who take the character a tad more serious than Rogen will get a proper film. Peace to Bruce Lee

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Pulps? Nope.

    by django_il_bastardo

    Sorry Harry. The Hornet never appeared in any pulps...no way, no how.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Tosh.0

    by thekylegassproject

    Daniel Tosh, is this you? I swear I saw this exact same post on another thread. You trying to see what ppl on AICN think of T.0? I wouldn't try to garner the respect of the ppl on this site. Anyhow - yes, TOSH.0 is very funny. Assuming you aren't Tosh, I will say that Daniel is as ballsy as he is funny. And the show brings all the bullshit on the net that you may want to see but don't want to seek out into an entertaining half hour. Funny. As. Shit.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 1:12 p.m. CST

    So are there any good movies coming out?

    by gad

    Bad casting. Another Comic anti hero gone the way of 60's Batman. Besides, Rogen disrespected Al Jarreau in some movie so I pretty much don't have any great desire to see anything he does.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Harry's Reviews...

    by UCB Agent1

    It's gotten to the point that Harry's reviews are so terrible that I almost want to see the awful movies he loves, just to come back and tell him how wrong he is, and how he should just stop writing. But he gets to see movies for free and there's no way I'm paying to see this POS, so I guess Harry's terrible writing will have to stand on it's own.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 4:47 p.m. CST

    This movie is an epic shitfest

    by thelordofhell

    Rogan...shit Gondry...shit Chou...least stinkiest shit(he tries real hard, but he shouldn't have had to) Diaz...shit etc. etc. etc. This....Movie....Sucks

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 5:54 p.m. CST

    Crudoffsky

    by dartk

    What a load of garbage. Jay Chou, great premiere. Waltz, cool as usual. Diaz, NOT even cute. Are they not about a million hotter blonds in the world? Seth Rogen...I dont want to punch him in the face, Kato did and it wasn't even satisfying. Just go away with the over the top loudness...ugh. Hopefully, the GH can be revived in ten years like Batman. This movie had its moments, and almost got you to root for the GH. But then it just slapped you in the face with absurdity and more minutes of Rogen running like a girl.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 6:38 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet Review: Ruined by Rogen

    by rustleabout

    From the get go I was willing to give Seth Rogen a chance. Sure, he wasn't the ideal candidate to play Brit Reid/Green Hornet, but I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Actors are hired to make us believe in their characters, and Rogan is an actor, right? Well unfortunately, Rogen, and more specifically, his character portrayal ruins the movie for me. His character is a spoiled, loud mouthed, unfunny brat who never becomes a hero throughout the films run. He never grows to become noble or likable. His whole motivation to become the Green Hornet in the first place is solely to gain recognition because he thinks that would be fun and cool, not for any heroic reasons. The film’s previews make it look as though Brit Reid becomes the masked vigilante because of his fathers murder. But this isn't the case at all and they ruined the perfect opportunity to give this character a journey of personal growth and development. What a shame. Jay Chou, on the other hand, was excellent as Kato but unfortunately he had to share his scenes with such a boorish, lout. Cameron Diaz... what the fuck did she sign on for this film for? What a waste to even have her in it. Nuff said. This film looks great. I loved Jay Chou as Kato. I liked the 3D and I loved the kick-ass fight scenes with Chou. I loved the look of the Black Beauty, Green Hornet and Kato's car. but those things are not enough for me to recommend this film. Had Rogen's character been written with a loser-to-hero story arc, I think the film would have worked so much better. Instead, we 2 hours of an asshole dressed in green stumbling from scene to scene.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 7:01 p.m. CST

    I will NEVER see this P.O.S movie

    by Sparky

    Seth Rogen as the Green Hornet? Huh? What's next- Joan Rivers as Wonder Woman? Pee Wee Herman as Superman? Ugh. What an effing joke. Rogen has NO BUSINESS making this movie, and has destroyed a potentially great movie franchise with this P.O.S movie. His vision and version of the Green Hornet is stupid, moronic, and idiotic, which is par for the course for a gutterball that Rogen is. He is WRONG for this role, and has created a version of the Green Hornet totally out of the air, and not in line with whom the Green Hornet REALLY is. Brit Reid is the Long Ranger's nephew, but the doofus Rogen knows NOTHING of this, and instead makes a movie without the Green Hornet in it, in all reality. Rogen is the Green Hornet in name only, and NOT the crime-fighting hero from the 1940's, 50's, and 60's. Shame on you Rogen for perverting and polluting this great iconic crime fighting character with your egomaniacal and dimwitted version you wish to foist on us! Go back to making your dopey gutterball movies that only appeal the College Frat boys, and leave the iconic comic figures like the Green Hornet to people who KNOW what they are doing in the movie business.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    AICN perhaps could have prevented this

    by Chief Joseph

    Remember when AICN got the scoop on that POS Superman movie JJ Abrams was trying to make with Lex Luthor as an FBI agent from Krypton? Extreme nerd rage at this site helped shut that picture down. The minute it was announced that Stephen Chow was off GH and Seth Rogen was on, Harry and the gang should have been ringing the alarm bells. We all knew this would be shit, and yet people started doing the old "well, maybe it will be good; let's give it a chance" shuffle.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 7:59 p.m. CST

    Rogen based his GH character on Paris Hilton

    by Chief Joseph

    'Nuff said.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Just saw this

    by Double M

    Fun as hell. That is my review. Just plain ole' fun. Loved it.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Ebert was dead on

    by hspahr

    Just got back from this crapfest. The script was absolutely horrible and now I don't think I can ever see another Seth Rogan movie. Wow, even the action scenes were crap. Sneak into the theater and watch the first five minutes with James Franco and you'll have seen the only good part of this film.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Harry liked the the 1998 Godzilla and The Phantom Menace

    by fastcars

    Soooo.....not going to see a movie you recommend. Ever. But thanks.

  • Jan. 14, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    FUCK U HARRY - I WONT BE SEEING THIS

    by doom master

    Go to Spill.com for an alt review.... Rogan is balls...

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 6:46 a.m. CST

    Step 1, remove stick from ass

    by mongo126

    I am in awe and the venom being spewed at a movie I had a damn fun time with. Yeah, it was about 20 minutes too long and Diaz has zero business in it, but I had a smile on throughout the movie. The whole bonding thing between Chao/Rogen was great, Kato vision rocks, and Waltz is great.

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 6:52 a.m. CST

    I liked it!

    by LOST_FAN

    It was a lot of fun, and dammit I rarely get to have fun, so it was nice for a change. I've been sick for awhile and doing anything is a real pain, but I went and saw it and that was a funny, great, superhero flick.

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 7:19 a.m. CST

    I went, I saw...

    by Token

    And I laughed a lot. Yeah, this isn't a serious 'superhero' movie...it's played for laughs, sure. But every genre movie doesn't _have_ to be super-serious and dramatic...can't we have some fun with them too? Maybe in 5 years we can have a big, serious badass Green Hornet movie. Why not?

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Harry, what's it like being a whore?

    by sausagecz

    Do you have any ethics whatsoever?

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Will avoid anything Harry insists is a "must see."

    by HalJordan2814

    Had Quint or Merrick reviewed this, I might actually have gone to see it.

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 11:10 a.m. CST

    damn_dirty_ape

    by lock67ca

    Nail hit firmly on head. They're so transparent here now, I just come for the laughs.

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    I pretty much agree with what rustleabout said...

    by Mr. Pricklepants

    Jay Chou was definitely the best thing about this movie. His Kato was infinitely more likeable than Seth Rogen's Britt Reid, who was basically a douchebag asshole the entire movie. They should have kept Jay Chou and cast someone else as Britt Reid. Or made Britt Reid more likeable. It would have made it a better movie.

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Green Hornet was a Bumbling Douche

    by bmcapers

    And next time Kato should put a USB port inside the car.

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 3:37 p.m. CST

    What a mess!

    by theJackalope

    Friends don't let friends see The Green Hornet. This movie stinks on ice. How much did they pay you for that review, Harry? Much as I love Seth Rogan, this film does NOT work on so many levels. This Britt Reid is just another stereotypical ugly american who has everything, appreciates nothing, and uses everyone. He befriends Kato only because he knows he couldn't do shit (not even get a good cup of coffee) without him. He hires "brainy Cameron Diaz" as his secretary because he can dupe her into doing all of his planning for him (& naturally he wants to get inside her spiderman underoos). And Cameron Diaz: did she need a paycheck that badly? She's saddled with a thankless role & looks to be on autopilot the whole time--but I'm glad her contract had the mandadory "must appear in a bath towel and later in biker shorts scenes" clause. I could go on but what's the use? It don't matter whether you see it in 2D or 3D 'cause The Green Hornet is a waste of time and a waste of money. I wouldn't have liked it better if I'd seen in for free (like, apparently, you did, Harry--3 times!), but if I had I might have been a little less pissed off. But not much less. What a feckin' load of shite!

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Couldn't agree more...

    by Sparky

    Rogen knows nothing of the history of the Green Hornet, so he makes his own- and those pitiful fools who pay $9 to see it, will leave with puke in their mouths at this outrageous crapfest. Harry is one of the many out there who LOVES Seth Rogen for some unknown and un-natural reason, which defies description. One has to wonder why Rogen was allowed to get away with making this putrid piece of garbage and insult to the REAL Green Hornet in the first place. I can only think that he must have blackmailed someone in Hollywood into allowing him to make this movie. As a great man once said: "Who's the more foolish- the Fool or the one who follows him into the theater and watches The Green Hornet made by Seth Rogen"?

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Harry & Co., I'm disappointed in you guys.

    by Otter

    The asskissing/kickbacks are blatantly obvious. Even if you read between the lines of your collective reviews, the insincerity bleeds through the words. And the talkbacks? More plants than a friggin' Christmas tree farm. "Oh, just give it a try before you form an opinion"? No, that would mean I would fork over money for something that I despise: a comedy version of The Green Hornet. I was willing to give Rogen a chance, but when I saw his stupid shenanigans in the trailer, and BY GOD, the "Gangsta's Paradise" scene? F**k that.

  • Jan. 15, 2011, 9:32 p.m. CST

    people please...

    by JaredP

    the movie was really cool and besides the green hornet was never that serious a character anyway. he was always sort of goofy even in the tv series granted it wasnt as campy as the batman tv show but still

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED . . .

    by theKRELL

    By three of the most respected posters @AICN . . . Skywalker Family LockesBrokenLeg Brain Drain What more could you possibly ask for?

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    This made up for Kick Ass

    by MattmanReturns

    Didn't expect too. I'm not Rogen hater... I think the one character he always plays is pretty funny. Nothing new here, but the movie itself was much better than I expected. I laughed consistently, liked the interplay between Hornet and Kato, got a kick out of the villain, and loved all the action scenes. One of the best January movies I've seen. It was everything Kick Ass was trying to be, and unlike Kick Ass, I wasn't bored for a second.

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    *Didn't expect it to

    by MattmanReturns

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    And most of the negativity here is from people who

    by MattmanReturns

    haven't seen it.

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Longtime Green Hornet fan... loved it, but...

    by Harry Palmerlime

    I wish the score was a bit more playful. It was too "big action movie" standard for the most part. If they went for something a bit more jazz/60s adventure throwback, this would be a COMPLETELY different feeling movie. They had a souped-up version of the old tv theme right at end... but nowhere else, did they? They so needed more of that sound to give this more of a flavor. Again, dug the movie and I'm pleased with the result (it WILL be a Blu-Ray purchase...) but that one decision could have made this movie really special.

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Rogen delivered the goods

    by thot

    I was very skeptical but I gotta admit he definitely pulled it off. What the hell can you really do with the Green Hornet? The TV series was dull as dishwater and almost nobody really knew who or what the GH was or is. Taking the comedy/action/buddy angle was genius and works perfectly. Terrifically funny and cool at the same time. My wife, teenage daughter and two brothers also enjoyed it. It's going to get good word-of-mouth and most certainly will be getting a sequel. Props to Seth Rogen for having the balls to even attempt this, let alone succeed.

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 4:46 p.m. CST

    'Green Hornet' couldn't even make as much as Tron Legacy in a weekend.

    by Orionsangels

    Bomb!

  • Or did Seth Rogen make that shit up because it's the only character he knows how to play? Well, that and the stoner/slacker dude.

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Tweener flick

    by Ninja Nerd

    Not funny enough to be a comedy and not bad ass enough to be an action flick. Hey, I like Seth Rogen's work quite a bit and Gondry is pretty brilliant, but this movie is kind of disappointing.

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    decent

    by Tikkanen

    I'm not a big Seth Rogen fan or anything, but found Green Hornet to be an enjoyable popcorn flick and worth the price of admission. He had pretty good chemistry with Kato. Except for a few glass shattering scenes, I couldn't see much where 3-D was necessary or added much.

  • Jan. 16, 2011, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Fucking Awful movie

    by atm216

    Just watched. Seth rogen is terrible.3d is the worst fucking gimmick if you liked this movie you have either been paid off (aintitcool....pathetic ) or you are regoddamntarded

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge You Rogan

    by HongKongCavalier

    First, let's be clear: the TV show wasn't the BEST TV, but it was damn sure the COOLEST. It had cool music, a cool hero and ... of course ... the best sidekick ever seen on TV. I would sit through any and every episode just waiting for a Kato fight scene. ... but this shit right here? this shit right here? this shit right here? this shit right here? A freighter full of self-masturbatory bullshit. Rogan as GH is the equivalent of Jack Black as James Bond or Bruce Wayne. You took an established character, that is decades old, and reinvented it for yourself. That's not creativity; that's masturbatory. In an era where someone like Tony Jaa continues the Jackie Chan tradition of proving wires are NOT mandatory for martial arts fight scenes, you enhance everything ... everything. This is especially stupid considering the original Kato didn't need any enhancements; and he's (arguably) the reason GH was as popular as it was. So ... in short ... over hyped and over exposed fat dude uses his 15 minutes of Hollywood clout to make self-indulgent movie of his favorite shows as a kid that does nothing more than redefine the term "loosely based on". My Rating: 5 Torrents (i.e., if you're gonna/have to watch it, save your money, get Vuze and convince someone to send you a Demonoid invite)

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 1:51 a.m. CST

    harry, you owe me 10 bux

    by john

    biggest piece of shit that i have ever seen

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 1:54 a.m. CST

    hspahr is right

    by john

    the first five minutes with franco is brilliant...and i honestly thought that there was a possibility that the movie would be comedic genius but then rogen shows up

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 1:55 a.m. CST

    oh....and if anyone bags o zack synder for slo mo again

    by john

    gonna make them watch this pos 10 times in a row

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 5:34 a.m. CST

    So this movie is like if Nolan's Batman had gone the campy route?

    by AsimovLives

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 5:37 a.m. CST

    I can't see the difference between Green hornet and Green Lantern

    by AsimovLives

    They all look green to me.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 6:05 a.m. CST

    bullet3, what's wrong with TRON LEGACY?

    by AsimovLives

    Damn fine movie, if you ask me. It's a honest movie, made by people who actually cared about what they were doing, instead of a cynical hack job like Jar Jar Abrams' FRAUD TREK.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Will any of this GREEN movie,s LANTERN or HORNET...

    by AsimovLives

    ... have the song "It's Not Easy To Be Green" played during it's running time? It would be apropos.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Seth Rogen gets a lot of hate in here

    by AsimovLives

    And i just realised i never seen any of his movies. Not a single one of them.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    You know how the guys in porn movies are always ugly?

    by cookylamoo

    To give you the idea that you could score with these hot women? That two lesbians will stop doing each other when average you offers them something better? That's Seth Rogan. He makes you think ugly immature guys can get beautiful women and become action heroes.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:16 a.m. CST

    34 Million Box Office

    by tensticks

    Opening weekend, and I'm sure the holiday today will kick it above 40 for the 4 day total. But... It'll be interesting to see how much it dives next week. The word of mouth on this is awful. And not just here on AICN. With a budget close to 200 million, does ANYONE see this getting even to the halfway point in box office gross? Me either.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    GL is no1 in BO with 35m domestic grosses.

    by jack black

    i had a hunch from when its production was announced,that this movie was going to be both good and successful although many people had already put out the verdict that it was going to be a failure. fuck i am so happy when i am right.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:49 a.m. CST

    asimovlives you liked T:L TOO?

    by jack black

    it's understandable for liking the Inception borefest but T:L is a very mediocre film at best,a missed opportunity of being a great sequel to a very underrated cult film. really ASI,i like you pal,i enjoy your justified trashing of NuTrek and the humiliation of JJ Abrams but your general taste and critical opinion of scifi films leaves me at least baffled not to say disappointed.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 12:19 p.m. CST

    The worst part was...

    by v3d

    sitting through a preview of the new Martin Lawrence "comedy" Big Mamma something or other. It was met with absolute silence. Fucking horrible. How does this shit get the green light? Green Hornet wasn't as bad as I expected and my kid liked it. But she also like Beverly Hills Chihuahua. So there you go.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:24 p.m. CST

    kilik

    by AsimovLives

    What's not to like about TRON LEGACY? It's an honest movie made by honest filmmakers who actually like and are passionate about the movie they made. -It's a movie made by people who believed in it. It's not just an hack job, but a love job. Then, i was suprised at how good the acting in the movie is. There's not a single bad acting job in it, even the girl who played Gom did it quite well. But for me the suprise was olivia Wilde as Chorra. She played her character to the nines. She was my favorite character in the movie. But truly, everybody was good. Normally i use to hate when movies get those little known actors and put them in front of a franchise and want to turn them into this action boy heroes, while what they really are doing is just basking on the pretty boy image they have. Chris Pine as NuKirk in Jar Jar Abrams's ABORTION TREK is a prime example (pun intended). But the new guy in TRON LEGACY actually acted and played a character i could like. Good job, specially from a blockbuster. The music is awesome. 'Nuff said. The visuals are pretty good. but what i liked the most about the movie is that it has the best use of 3D i ever seen. Yeah, better then AVATAR. While evne AVATAR got to show off one or two times the "poke the audience's eye with a pointed thing", in TRON LEGACY there wasn't a single moment of that crap. The most mature, thoughful and subtle use of 3D ever. For this, the movie gets lots of plus points. I liked the story. It's a strange way to make a sequel to TRON. But it was unexpected. Always a plus. And i think that were i 15-20 years younger or had seen this movie 15-20 years ago i can see myself fall heads over wheels inlove with it. I'm more jadded and savvy so TRON LEGACY doesn't make me into a lover. But it made me a believer. I trus this guys and i liked TRON LEGACY. An honest blockbuster. A truly god honest blockbuster. I haven't see many of those lately, INCEPTION excepted.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    The GREEN HORNET trailer was terrible

    by AsimovLives

    I saw the trailer when i went to watch TRON LEGACY,and boy was that trailer designed to dissuade me from watching THE GREEN HORNET. I really think i'm not going to bother to watch it, It will take a lot of effective persuation for me to even consdier the idea of maybe watch it on some lazy day.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Would've gone if Chow was still attached

    by CreamCheeseAlchemist

    But as it is, it's at least 10 bucks a ticket so I'll wait for the cable premiere.

  • Jan. 17, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    by thepoohguy

    Why no mention of how The Green Hornet and Kato once made an appearance on Adam West's Batman? Seriously, I don't get that...

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I seem to be the only talkbacker who liked this one

    by MattmanReturns

    I'm okay with that.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Although I do agree the 3D was pointless

    by MattmanReturns

    And it pisses me off that this was forced 3D... they didn't release the 2D version until monday. THAT is bullshit. Even though the movie made $40 million, I doubt attendance was actually that huge, given the inflated 3D prices.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    damn_dirty_ape

    by MattmanReturns

    Yeah unlike Harry I wasn't paid off... so I guess I'm the only person on AICN who ACTUALLY liked it haha.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 6:54 p.m. CST

    Was this the secret movie at BNAT? NT

    by Craig2574

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    A Big Ball of MEH.

    by monolithik

    Just saw it; a total waste of Gondry, Waltz and a couple of decent comic book characters. The 3D was absolutely pointless -- I can't even say it was distracting; it should at the VERY least be something somewhat interesting to look at in those desperate moments when nothing else on screen is worth paying attention to - which was most of this film - and it failed to do even that. The plot was just heaped-on piles of horribly cliche, pointless crap(the [supposedly funny?] rivalry/breakup/fighting over the girl, the ridiculously impossible car, the whole pointless usb stick scenario and so on)... just... yeah. Not that any of that plot stuff matters when the solution to everything is to just shoot and drive over everybody anyway. Straight up lazy writing, acting and directing, from A to Z. Waltz had a GREAT opportunity to chew some scenery here, but... I felt bad for the guy. His look through the whole thing was like he was told specifically to act quietly and boringly, and you could almost see his will being broken, his creativity being trampled and stifled as it happened, on screen. Just sad. The whole end scene was a clusterfuck of explosions -- and if that was your favorite part, then might I offer this pro tip: Do you know just how many firecrackers you can buy with that ten dollars? Just stay home and blow shit up there next time. But seriously. Didn't Britt have quite a nice cellphone strapped to him earlier in the movie? So why the whole antiquated recorder/usb stick shit? Why not just record it to your phone and upload that to... wherever? Much better than driving 15 miles to - apparently - the only computer with a usb port in Los Angeles. Yeah, I know. I expect too much, but this is just the kind of stuff I had on hand to think about to keep from falling asleep during the final showdown, so sue me. In short: This movie was moronic, dreadfully boring and borderline insulting. What the fuck, AICN?

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    saw it tonight loved it fun film

    by skiff

    With so much junk out there and by that I mean most of the award season films. Ebert should know 1 star is for movies like batman and robin or thunderbirds. The 3 guys I saw it with all liked it and the theatre was packed on a tuesday.

  • Jan. 18, 2011, 10:12 p.m. CST

    Okay, there was one or two cool scenes...

    by monolithik

    And they were all Michel Gondry. When Waltz puts a price on GH's head, and his cronies go about spreading the word as the shot splits, and those two split, and so on... that was pretty cool. As was the "Britt piecing it together in his head" scene at the restaurant, which I missed the very beginning of because I dozed off in my seat. No lie. Those were both inventive, classic Gondry moments -- unfortunately... it's only more proof that he really should stick to three-minute music videos.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 5:25 a.m. CST

    Seen it after this review

    by CaseyMcCall

    And almost disliked every second Rogen was on the screen. He is just an annoying guy, talking way too loud (all the time!) and you can see no reason why Kato would ever stick with him even if it only was for a lot of money. Cameron Diaz is windowdressing without being used, Waltz needs to hand in his Oscar. This was worse than Little Fockers, that actually made me smile once.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 10:47 a.m. CST

    The whole "Action Comedy" thing is ruining the intgrity of everything..

    by CeejayNightwing

    From Sherlock Holmes to Star Trek every time Hollywood wants to reboot something it turns into a safe-as-houses ACTION COMEDY! Nothing whatsoever to do with the source material's integrity, all that goes out of the window because they know there are simple people in the audience who as long as they are laughing don't give a shit about adaptations. As long as people like this are concerned, EVERYTHING can be turned into an action comedy and be an ok film as long as it entertained them with a bunch of laughs! This is why we have genres in the first place, so different things can be what they are meant to be and grow creatively. Not have everything decontstructed into a simple equation of being another ACTION COMEDY! Harry, you sold out!

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 1:17 p.m. CST

    COMPLETELY DISAGREE WITH THIS REVIEW!! Here's why...

    by chadiwack

    I mean come on, I forgave you for loving on Jar Jar and even let it slide when you bashed INCEPTION but this takes the cake. The movie was ok. Very VERY average. Seth is being Seth the same Seth he has been in ALL his movies. I like him, but he has the emotional range of a wet tea bag. Cameron was being Cameron. Jay was kinda cool in the way he played most things straight up and not over the top. The only highlight in this whole steaming pile of green turd was Chudnofsky. He was fresh and fun. I give this movie a 6 out of 10. Don't let your childhood movie found memories of you and your dad hanging out blur the very real reality that this movie is AVERAGE!

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    It's actually decent.

    by ParachutePants

    Saw most of this last night; it was actually pretty good. I fell asleep, but that was only because I had been working all day. I don't have any crazy investment in the Green Hornet concept, and so totally didn't mind that it was treated with a really light hand, and like, basically, as a vehicle for Rogen to play "what if I was a stoned slacker who was also a vigilante crime fighter?" It was funny and, for me, worked. Ebert's review is a little harsh: this is a movie you pop on for a light entertainment, and approached that way, has lots to redeem it. Not saying it's amazing, but hardly worth the hate on either. I should mention, I saw it for free, and, by that standard, had zero complaints.

  • Jan. 19, 2011, 11:42 p.m. CST

    Pretty funny, did enjoy it...

    by PorkChopXpress

    The editors did a bang-up job making the scenes between Rogen and Chou work. The dynamic ends up working really well.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    You gotta buckle up

    by brattyben

    when reading one of Harry's reviews, cause you'll be instantly taken back to his childhood for seven paragraphs where he goes into detail about how such and such a property effected and formed his life. We get it. You're a geek. Move on. Just get on with a review. Oh wait? That's not a review, that's a description of the movie. Well done, sir. If this internet thing doesn't work out for you, you have a wonderful career ahead of you transcribing movies. Oh wait...those are called scripts!

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    14 Minutes 59 Seconds

    by HongKongCavalier

    ... and Seth Rogan's last second is "The Green Hornet" At first I was pissed because I thought he was just going to shit on own of my favorite childhood shows. Then I figured: "Demonoid" + "Xilisoft" + "iPad" = Why Not? Turns out he not only shit on the entire atmosphere that a TV Show had, but shit on clout he built for himself. Don't get me wrong, he already started shitting on it with "Observe..." ps: Harry, I've never had a thing to say about your choices before, but to call this something people should run out and see reeks of favoritism

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:39 p.m. CST

    hongkongcavalier you hit the nail on the head. I agree.

    by chadiwack

    Especially you're last sentence. Which was also the motivating factor for me to write me opinion. Harry, I appreciate you're love for this as it rehashes your childhood memories but try to remain at least a little objective here. Whether you are or are not getting studio endorsements, freebies, props, toys, shoulder rubbing with studio executives whatever..... Try to remember back to the early days of AICN when people came here to get some cool scoop film news or read an UNbiased review of a film.

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 12:40 p.m. CST

    excuse the typos. re previous comment.

    by chadiwack

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:43 p.m. CST

    ACTUAL review...

    by sean

    It was a-typical "seth rogen" style humor"(self implicatory gay jokes and getting shut down by girls).......i will say though.....Harold my friend you have come a far way from hanging out with Kumar, his on camera action sequences as Kato are better than that magical fight scene ontop of the drill as Sooloo in Trek, seeing how you dont have the "harold and kumar goto close combat classes?" shock of seeing Jay Chou tearin shit up.......it's worth it but take it for what it is, a pre blockbuster season super hero movie that didnt have a long running comic book to pick and choose plot details from......6.5(maybbbbbe a 7) /10 bc it WAS fun

  • Jan. 20, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    oh...

    by sean

    and get better soon harry...ya mutant bastahd....wolverine????

  • Jan. 22, 2011, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Gondry's career aint doing so great is it?

    by quantize

    Be Kind Rewind was a conceit that utterly failed, it simply didnt stretch out into a movie...and become the opposite of what it was trying to be...a shmaltzy predicatable bore. GH seems to be getting pretty ordinary reviews (Harry's opinion is utterly worthless)... He started well with 1hour photo, but the bigger the movie, the crappier they seem to be

  • Jan. 23, 2011, 2:26 p.m. CST

    damn_dirty_ape, yeah

    by MattmanReturns

    After that Last Exorcism fiasco, the payoffs are quite clear.

  • Jan. 23, 2011, 5:45 p.m. CST

    ugh...

    by yubnubrocks

    This movie was terrible. Seth Rogen, acting like... Seth Rogen. He's now on my worst actor list. Jesus. As for the story. What story? Plot points were ridiculous. A waste of time and money.

  • Jan. 23, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST

    monolithik

    by yubnubrocks

    I agree completely. I too was wondering WHY does have to upload the file at the newspaper? It made no sense. Another amusing part was after their car was buried and the escape, some yells "They killed Chili!!" (at least, I think that was the name). Ok, we never, ever met "Chili." He was of no importance, yet he warranted that shout-out, and even a FUNERAL? Is there some deleted scene that makes Chili some important character? A crap movie.

  • Jan. 23, 2011, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Sure Phantom Menace sucks but

    by Bilblow

    Cabin Fever is pretty good for a horror comedy.

  • Jan. 24, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    gang green hornet

    by peter

    30 bucks for 2 tickets to see Rogen act like a dick...and I thought he "lost" weight for this movie?...Best scene is the first one with Franco!

  • Jan. 30, 2011, 9:53 p.m. CST

    BRING BACK TREAT WILLIAMS FOR SUBSTITUTE V

    by SmokieGeezer

    Karl Thommason still got ass to kick!

  • Feb. 2, 2011, 5:55 p.m. CST

    This movie is terrible

    by hallmitchell

    It clicked for me about forty minutes into the film. Nic Cage pulled out of this film and being aware of the movies he's chosen to do over the years what does that say about The Green Hornet? Seth Rogen. This is the guy who was in Superbad and Knocked up. This movie is terrible. Seth hams and overacts in every scene. It's not funny. I repeat this movie is NOT funny. I wanted to see a movie that is fun, funny and has some good action. It has one or two good action scenes and that's it. There is no drama. Seth is very annoying. I would have walked out, yet i had a friend with me. Jay Chou tries hard. There is just no chemistry. Hats off to to Stephen Chow for pulling out of this film to. Compared to The Green Hornet. The Phantom is The Dark Knight.

  • Feb. 4, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Great movie....if you're five years old.

    by SmokingRobot

    Christ, this was awful. Just awful. Script was like something written by a child. Lots of hitting people, no character development, no adult dialogue. This could have been great. It was shit. Harry's reviews....not worth reading.

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 8:53 a.m. CST

    Saw it this last weekend. Awesome!

    by riskebiz

    If there is a more fun movie out there, I don't know what it is. This was top to bottom fun. That car chase at the end was over the top ridiculous fun. My wife and I just loved it. I hope there's a sequel!

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Get the Fuck outta here with this shit!

    by Joe Nica

    You couldn't pay me to see this movie. Rogan is so freakin annoying, like a fat Kathy Griffin. I rather go see the Green Lantern... well, maybe not - that shit looks even worst... I rather eat glass!

  • Feb. 9, 2011, 3:37 a.m. CST

    Disappointment

    by Liam

    Well they did well to try to release this movie when there was no competition. At least get maybe 2 weeks business. I went in with an open mind , merely wanting to be entertained. Chou is excellent with more charm, presence and talent than the rest of the cast. The car looks great. Thats it. I was utterly at odds at what it was supposed to be. I imagined the script before Rogan got his mitts on it might have been ok but now its actually unlikable. He screwed it up. You know its bad when you think, het, maybe even the Kevin Smith version might have been , not ok, but better than this. I came out annoyed. Every great aspect, the Al Hirt theme wasnt used till the end. was misappropriated. This was a screw up of epic proportions. Makes me wonder what credibility Harry has these days and has he gone corporate? Would he be touting Batman and Robin if it was released now? How much free swag does he get to write a good review? and I say good, his reviews are , sorry Harry, leave it to Moriaty and Quint, badly written and stream of conciousness rarely relating to the movie just seen. This site used to be the best and now its simply no challenge to any studio flogging crap. This one should have simply read, download it illegally, do not spend your 10 bucks on it.

  • Feb. 21, 2011, 11:43 p.m. CST

    Saw the movie yesterday in Brazil

    by _Lizarkeo

    Mere hours ago. Had fun with the super production, cynic-douche, funny and Gondryesque version of GH (yeah, quite a mix). At least Hollywood DID the movie. With LOTS of moolah. Jay gave charisma to Kato. Seth was Seth (which is ok, cause he is funny in my book). The car and the costumes were really great. But every great villain deserves a great demise, I can't barely remember Chudnovsky's one. Kato (Video Game) Vision was hard to follow some times. And I wanted more of the original music too (Tarantino used it so much better). At least, fine supporting actors and the always brilliant Gondry got paid, heh.

  • Feb. 22, 2011, 2:47 p.m. CST

    quantize - Gondry didn't do 1hr Photo

    by oogles

    That was mark romanek. Gondry's first feature was Human Nature

  • March 1, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    This film was awful

    by Marat

    Only Waltz and the Kato guy were good in this crapfest. Only good scene really is the first, with Waltz and James Franco. DON'T LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU. THIS FILM IS SO AWFUL.

  • March 14, 2011, 11:13 p.m. CST

    *sigh*

    by secracium

    this guy likes anything that reminds him of his childhood, there's nor credibility in his reviews since he's unable to credibly analyze a film for it's value as a film. yes, he has given his endorsement for high volumes of crap before (several of which have been listen on this forum . . . several times), but there's no unbiased reviews. the whole plot of this makes little sense. the main point that stuck out for me was the end sequence. kato and gh have to race to the paper office to upload an audio file from a usb drive to distribute via the internet, but earlier in the film cameron diaz faxed them a map while they were in their car and they printed it out while driving. did they're wireless connection suddenly disappear at one point? oh, kato managed to build several more black beauty's but neglected to install wi-fi in the other two since it's served them so well in the past. hell, that rich douche bag could've plugged that thing into his phone and uploaded it that way. i know there was nothing on the drive, but that doesn't make the pointless chase to the other side of LA any more meaningless. i'm also sure just about everyone saw that rogen's character was going to turn into his dad, alienate kato and rejoin forces just in the nick of time. wow, i was on the edge . . . of . . . .my . . .seat. and the villain could've been far more developed as the actor is so great in inglorious bastards (i can't remember his name and i don't care enough to look it up on imdb), but he was given maybe ten minutes of actual screen time. this really was awful. i'm glad i only paid three bucks for it.

  • March 17, 2011, 4:32 p.m. CST

    Thx Harry...another bullshit review: the movie sucked...

    by scrote