The Green Hornet Movie Trailer: Buzz-Worthy?

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I admit that I'm not the most astute Green Hornet fan. I know the basics, the legacy, the relationship to The Lone Ranger, but I'm hardly a diehard. Even still, watching the trailer for the Seth Rogen-starring Michel Gondry The Green Hornet, I felt the pure bastardization seeping through.

Perhaps it's intentionally misleading to cater to an audience that probably doesn't know or care about the Green Hornet character, but I can't help but feel that the Hornet has been Apatow-ized. Which, in the Hollywood scale, is better than being JJ Abrams-ized but worse than the Joe Carnahan treatment. Apatow movies are so obnoxiously popular in American culture that it's hard to look the other way when a new one is released. If The Green Hornet was directed by Apatow, the trailer wouldn't be as much of an issue. However, from such a great director like Michel Gondry, it's utterly mind boggling.

Again, the final film may differ, but at first glance it looks like the Gondry is going for an odd mix of camp and high octane action with terrible results. The casting of Seth Rogen could have been inspired, but instead he contributes to the apparently awkward tone of the film, playing the role exactly as he's been snoozing along for the last few years since he hit it big with Apatow's abysmal Knocked Up. Under the direction of Gondry, we've seen actors take on great roles opposite what they are typically known for like Jim Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Gael Garcia Bernal in The Science of Sleep. Why he would direct Rogen to "be Seth Rogen" is beyond me.

Of course, as I mentioned, I'm not sure that we can judge this movie based on this crap trailer alone, because I'm sure it was cut according to the studio's demands. It does look to have mass market appeal, no? But as it concerns to the character himself, it appears that The Green Hornet is shunning its legacy as one of the original multimedia stars and making fun of itself. That's well and good, but I've honestly had enough self-referential "blockbusters" to last me a lifetime. Didn't The A-Team just fail trying to do the same type of thing?

Other cons based on the initial impressions: No classic Green Hornet theme. Maybe it's because Tarantino already stole it for a super-hip, edgy action dramedy, but I could've done with a little more french horn in this trailer. And secondly, Cameron Diaz. 'Nuff said.

It might be a snap judgment on my part, but in a day and age where comic films are a dime a dozen and usually pretty plain, The Green Hornet has shown no signs of being anything different thus far.

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  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Jul 1, 2010 at 3:20am

    oh yes, the fourteen year olds will love this movie.

  • Eric Lindberg

    Eric Lindberg Jul 1, 2010 at 9:42pm

    This looks really bad. It's possible they cut the trailer this way to appeal to the Seth Rogen fans and the actual movie will be more balanced. But who knows? I would have preferred to see a movie similar to Matt Wagner's Green Hornet: Year One with a 1930s setting and a film noir influence. But that doesn't have as much mainstream appeal, I guess.

  • Bart Croonenborghs

    Bart Croonenborghs Jul 2, 2010 at 2:06am

    I think the tone of the movie is pretty obvious, no matter which way the trailer is cut. Just the Kato vs Green Hornet banter is a dead give-away "Will you shake my hand and join me on this adventure?" "I would but I don't want to touch you." --> juvenile

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