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It is not the most memorable film of 2011 but it is very entertaining nonetheless. I did not see it on IMAX 3D version but it is spectacular still. The film starts with the young son of a successful newspaper baron getting himself put down by his father for being a useless person - that he really is. The father dies and the boy is now a grown up useless man. All he can do is party, get drunk, get laid and wonder why his coffee tastes like shite.
Enter Kato. The man entrusted by the newspaper baron to maintain his expensive collection of cars. It seems the young man-boy-son is not really a jerk. The father was indeed a pain in the ass. But he was an upright man and still respected by society at large. The man-boy-son understands nothing of the responsibility to run an independent newspaper (The Daily Sentinel). He has a friend in Kato but their relationship is not as solid as you would expect out of seeing the talent that Kato is. Because after all he is paired up with an idiot - the man-boy-son.
In a public act of desecration the man-boy-son accidentally becomes a hero in his own eyes and a criminal in the eyes of the law. He decides to fight crime, but with a twist. He will not be known as a hero. He will fight crime from within by appearing to be a criminal. Kato who has already proved himself as a one man army develops the car Black Beauty and the gizmos. And the duo are ready to take the law in their own hands.
This movie is a gem in the hands of Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet) and Jay Chou (Kato). I didn't miss Bruce Lee. This is a very different take on the epic TV series. And fun too. Kato is Kato's real name and there is some good humour in trying to decide his alternate name. Seth Rogen co-wrote this movie and he is a good comedian. The humour brings alive the relationship between these two friends.
Enter Cameron Diaz. She is hot. When is she not? Anyways, she is put to good use and is not a useless prop in this movie. She is employed at The Daily Sentinel and covers the news on the crimes of The Green Hornet with the blessings of her boss, the man-boy-son who inherited the newspaper business.
The villain is played incredibly well by Cristoph Waltz. Only he could make a villainous name of "Chudnofsky" memorable and worthy of inducing fear.
This movie should have done better at the box office. There is good action, camerawork, script, acting, humour and an overall good plot. I guess fans were expecting more serious caper in line with the TV series and so this didn't go as big as it should have.
A fun movie to catch, even family entertainment.