By Sandra Kraisirideja
“The Green Hornet” proves that not all superhero movies become successful franchises.
The film stars Seth Rogen as the title hero and features Taiwanese singer Jay Chou as Kato and Cameron Diaz as Lenore Case. Christop Waltz, Edward James Olmos, and Tom Wilkinson round out the solid supporting cast, which includes a fun cameo by James Franco in the opening scene.
French director Michel Gondry, who is known for his imaginative visual style, presents a surprisingly uninspired entry into the surperhero genre.
Rogen co-wrote the script with frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg. The two teamed up on “Pineapple Express” and “Superbad,” which were both much more clever than “The Green Hornet.” Even though he wrote the script, Rogen is the least appealing actor in the movie. His crazed, hyperactive acting style does not match the tone of the rest of the movie. Bottom line is he was miscast and should have given the role to somebody else.
The few highlights in the movie were often supplied by non-human performers, meaning the various Chrysler Imperials known as Black Beauties that Kato and the Green Hornet drive around. Production designer Owen Paterson put a lot of thought into the gadgets and modifications used for each of the cars. If only Paterson could have thought of a nifty way to modify Rogen’s performance it would have saved the movie.