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Rogen brings on the comedy in his portrayal of 'The Green Hornet'

Thu, Jan 13 2011 10:15 PM Posted By: Jeri Jacquin

Opening in theaters this Friday from director Michel Gondry and Sony Pictures Entertainment is a comic book come to screen in “The Green Hornet.”

This film tells the story of Brett Reid (Seth Rogen) living the high life of fun and parties with no responsibilities. That is until his father, James Reid (Tom Wilkinson), is killed and Reid takes over The Daily Sentinel.

Deciding to do something meaningful with his life, the younger Reid looks toward one of his father’s employees, Kato (Jay Chou), for ideas. Together they create their crime fighting personas and the name Green Hornet. Kato brings to the table his ability to create amazing weaponry, including their trademark car The Black Beauty.

Reid’s secretary, Lenore Case (Cameron Diaz), discovers their first nemesis in the guise of Los Angeles underworld criminal Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz). What the two crime fighters don’t know is that Chudnofsky has his sights set on them

Final word: Rogen is an interesting choice to play the role of the dark and somber Brett Reid. As viewers will find out, this leans more to the comedic side of the story, which I’m not sure will work with die-hard Hornet fans.

Chou as Kato is enjoyable to watch. He’s smart, he does have wit and his fight scenes are pretty darn good. It is not surprising to see Waltz as bad guy Chudnofsky since his Oscar-winning performance as Hans Landa in “Inglorious Basterds.” He seems to do bad so very good.

Diaz is fine in her small role as Lenore. This really isn’t a huge stretch for her, but she shares the screen well with Rogen.

Other cast members include  David Harbour as Scanlon, Edward James Olmos as Axford, Jamie Harris as Popeye, Chad Coleman as Chili, and Edward Furlong as Tupper.

Tubs of popcorn: I give “The Green Hornet” three tubs of popcorn out of five. I was truly expecting the story to be a tad more serious than it actually was. This plays out more like a comedy, so be prepared for that. The fight scenes are pretty good and the visuals are well done.

This all makes sense since Rogen is one of the script writers for the film along with Evan Goldberg who is responsible for such hits as “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express.”

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