By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: I’m not familiar with “The Green Hornet” story. The trailer for the upcoming “Green Hornet” movie, which was released online late last night, makes me feel like I’ve heard it all before.
Seth Rogen plays Britt Reid, the spoiled, party animal son of media mogul Jack Reid (Tom Wilkinson). Jack’s a good man who’s disgusted by his city’s corruptions and disappointed in his do-nothing son. Quicker than you can say “Bruce Wayne,” Jack is murdered, forcing Britt to team with Jack’s man-servant, Kato (Jay Chou), to bring down the head baddie (Christoph Waltz, selling out quickly after winning an Oscar for “Inglourious Basterds”).
The clip establishes that capsule and tries to sell the film’s other two assets: carnival action, as directed by Michel Gondry; and Rogen’s frat-guy comedy.
The opening scenes of Rogen drinking his nights away looks like the sizzle reel for a “Knocked Up” sequel. Granted, he’ll likely snap out of that mode relatively quickly and get down to superhero business. Yet even when the action commences, it feels like James Bond meets “Mission Impossible” meets every damn spy thriller franchise out there. Except this hero wears a green mask.
Oh, and it will be released in 3-D. Great.
When “The Green Hornet” moved its release date to January 2011, alarms went off. Good movies don’t come out in January. Movies like “Leap Year” and “The Spy Next Door” come out in January.
And I’m not opposed to seeing a slimmed-down Rogen doing action, though the underrated “Pineapple Express” scratched that itch. Word is that there’s an ace up Green Hornet’s sleeve, that Gondry — a visual wizard — has something called “Kato Vision” (not illustrated in the clip) that illustrates how Kato views situations through different eyes. That could be cool. But will it correct Chou’s lifeless delivery, because right now it feels like Rogen is working overtime to inject life into the duo’s shared scenes, and that’s not promising.
Check out the clip for yourself below. “The Green Hornet,” in 3-D, opens Jan. 14, 2011.
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By Sean O’Connell