If Christoph Waltz – who also gave a memorable turn as the baddie in Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 Inglourious Basterds – plans on playing the bad guy for the rest of his career, there will be no complaints from us. His interpretation, which blends evil with madness, is so captivating that you find yourself constantly hoping he’ll be in the next scene instead of the good guys. The Green Hornet, based on one of the best comic books of all time and the latest in a string of film and TV versions that began in 1940, tells the story of a dynamic duo who decide to clear their city of crime after they unintentionally stop a robbery.
Seth Rogen plays the leading role – the Green Hornet, aka Britt Reid, the son of a successful businessman and strict father. Reid is a party-boy Casanova – a spoiled young man with no professional skills, but with dashes of the actor’s natural child- like personality, also obvious in his previous movies like Knocked Up and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
Lenore, played by Cameron Diaz in a forgettable role, studies criminal minds and helps the duo make their next moves, even though she doesn’t know it. Director Michel Gondry, also responsible for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and a range of music videos (Björk, The White Stripes), works the scenes well to bring the comic to life with a series of eccentric, highly artistic sequences, while the Hornet’s sidekick Kato, played by Jay Chou, is another stand-out, dominating the film’s accomplished action scenes with his slick martial arts moves, cool inventions and amazing car constructions, and keeping the excitement and the adrenaline flowing. His role was played by none other than Bruce Lee in the 1966-67 TV series – known as The Kato Show in Hong Kong and As Aventuras de Bruce Lee in Portugal – and Chou does a good job of following in those hallowed footsteps.