Green Hornet

There’s a title I didn’t think I would ever write. But it’s true — the new trailer for The Green Hornet is upon us, and Seth Rogen actually appears to kick some ass. A resident stoner funnyman, Rogen was an interesting choice for the film’s hero, but once again he and writing partner Evan Goldberg appear to have delivered something fun. And unexpectedly, there also appears to be some wicked action in it.

It’s surprising for more than just Rogen. Michel Gondry has never made such an apparently polished Hollywood product. It goes against everything his previous filmography has said about him as an artist. But it seems to work. The Green Hornet, at first glance, has great energy and humor (much of which appears to be of the first act “hey, look at this” variety). If my sense of things is correct (and it’s usually spot on), a lot of this trailer is cut from the first half of the film. And what awaits in half number two is more Christoph Waltz in nasty villain mode and more Jay Chou kicking ass as Kato. And perhaps more Seth Rogen getting into the action. If you ask me, it sounds like a lot of fun. It boggles the mind to think that Sony will release this film in January 2011. What a waste.

The official synopsis and first trailer are below.

Synopsis: Britt Reid is the son of LA’s most prominent and respected media magnate and perfectly happy to maintain a directionless existence on the party scene — until his father mysteriously dies, leaving Britt his vast media empire. Striking an unlikely friendship with one of his father’s more industrious and inventive employees, Kato, they see their chance to do something meaningful for the first time in their lives: fight crime. But in order to do this, they decide to become criminals themselves — protecting the law by breaking it, Britt becomes the vigilante The Green Hornet as he and Kato hit the streets.

Using all his ingenuity and skill, Kato builds the ultimate in advanced retro weaponry, The Black Beauty, an indestructible car equal parts firepower and horsepower. Rolling in a mobile fortress on wheels and striking the bad guys with Kato’s clever gadgets, The Green Hornet and Kato quickly start making a name for themselves, and with the help of Britt’s new secretary, Lenore Case, they begin hunting down the man who controls LA’s gritty underworld: Benjamin Chudnofsky. But Chudnofsky has plans of his own: to swat down The Green Hornet once and for all.


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