Movie Discussion: The Green Hornet

The venerable pulp/radio/serial/tv/comic-book character, who precedes the great comic-book heroes1, receives the Seth Rogen treatment. Annalee Newitz finds the film “surprisingly awesome.” Roger Ebert (the man who loved The Phantom Menace) calls it “unendurable,” and, overall, reviews have been negative.

Anyone here have opinions to offer?

1. The Hornet made his radio debut in 1936, two years before Superman. He follows in the tradition of the Lone Ranger, and, in fact, in his first incarnation, Britt Reid was the Lone Ranger’s great-nephew.

If you’ve ever wondered why DC’s Arrow and Lantern are green, they owe their names, almost certainly, to the Hornet’s popularity.

5 replies on “Movie Discussion: The Green Hornet”

  1. vanyel says:

    The previews have been offputtingly homophobic and even without that, the Hornet is a complete jerk. I like John Cho, and Kato seems interesting, but there are too many good things to watch to put up with the pain of sitting through something like this.

    • madhack says:

      I like John Cho, and Kato seems interesting, but there are too many good things to watch to put up with the pain of sitting through something like this.

      Good news, since Jay Chou (who plays Kato) is a totally other dude. I guess now you needn’t have any regrets. :)

  2. TheYellowLantern says:

    Good villain. Plenty of kababoom!!!!

    Ok idea for a movie.

    Stupid, stupid movie.

  3. Scifi^2 says:

    I can’t get over that every time I hear “gangster paradise” my mind immediately switches over to “amish paradise” by Weird Al.

    • Fozzy_Bear says:

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      Oh, thank goodness !

      I was afraid I was the only one.

      “Amish Paradise”, “YODA” and “Fat” are the three songs I think were done better by Weird Al than the songs he satires.

      As for the Green Hornet; I’ve put it on my “Definitely see it when it gets to Blockbuster Online” list. I figure I’ll be willing to give it 90 minutes of my time if they will send it right to my front door.

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