I like to watch: “The Green Hornet”

I saw The Green Hornet tonight. I thought that a movie directed by Michel Gondry would have more whimsical visual effects, but it was a lot of speeding cars and explosions. The cars — okay, just one car, Kato’s Black Beauty — was hot. Jay Chou as Kato? Hotter.

I wish I could say that this movie blew me away, but it felt like some jokes fell a little flat, and some transitions between scenes were a bit abrupt. For a movie that is nearly two hours along, I would have expected a bit more character development. Like, how did Seth Rogen’s Britt Reid become the partying playboy that we first meet as an insecure little boy? How did Kato learn how to fix cars and kick ass? It also felt like Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, and Tom Wilkinson could have had more screen time, too, if only to anchor the Green Hornet and Kato’s exploits in a more real world. I hope we see them in bonus footage on the DVD release.

I know this doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, but this movie was a lot of fun, it looked great, and did I mention Jay Chou is adorable? Also, the movie is being released in 3-D, but I don’t think you need to fork over the extra cash for it. Put that money towards a really great Green Hornet costume (the fedora! the trench! the mask!) instead.

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