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The Green Hornet

Previously I told you about my father raising me in a Video Store. Following his stint at The Video Movie House he got to work on his Ph.d and then into some good money. However, despite moving onto bigger and better things he always kept me connected to the cinema.

One of our most memorable experiences in the theater together was in the summer of ‘94 when we saw “The Shadow.” The elegant Waterloo Theater was empty, leaving me and pops to enjoy the movie in desired silence. It was a great flick about a cloaked-crime-fighter from the radio-serial era; an impressive depiction of a wealthy man willing to utilize his money for the greater good.

This past Wednesday I saw a new movie about exactly that: I.E. The Green Hornet! The writers of “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express” returned for their third film, and this time around it’s a take on the comic-book genre. Therein Seth Rogan stars as Britt Reid, the irresponsible son of a famous newspaper editor. Following his father’s death he is forced to find purpose by infiltrating the criminal underworld with the aid of his friend Kato.

Though the 3D isn’t Avatar the laughs and action are awesome! Tons of one-liners and Hong-Kong high-kicks abound, (and of course there is the stunning “Black Beauty” to boot). Furthermore, with guest appearances from Christoph Waltz, Edward James Olmos, Cameron Diaz, Edward Furlong, and James Franco there is a lot of great line delivery to be had amidst the wicked fight choreography.

What impressed me most however, was the relationship between Britt and his deceased father. Many men struggle to relate to their fathers and match their ambitions. Many men also fail to see that they are quickly becoming their fathers, and I am one of those men. Boyhood is filled with disappointed, adolescence with angst, and early manhood with frustration. However, eventually you begin to accept that you’re dad did his best and wanted the same for you.

It was great to have fun at the theater again, to reminisce about my father, and to take a break from the heartache that has been consuming me and my life at the movies.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    When I saw the flick a few weeks back I thought the same thing about the father/son relationship. The film wasnt the deepest in the world but if people give it a chance theyll have a great time with it!

    • Anonymous

      I know that the audience I was in attendance with absolutely loved it. I may be going out on a limb here, but I believe that this movie will be a sleeper hit ;) It is not often you get an enjoyable action-comedy in January.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Christopher-Michael-Elliott/500513490 Christopher Michael Elliott

    Great post dude. I’m really excited to see this. Seth Rogan is sooooooo not fit for a role like this, but I don’t doubt he can pull it off. I will definitely see this. Cameron Diaz only helps that cause! Slime!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks my man! Seth Rogan in a way is not fit for the roll, but considering he lost a ton of weight and wrote the script he does assume it easily enough. Cameron Diaz as always is stunning, so yes you will get a fill of proper eye candy while munchin’ on your popcorn. SIIIIME!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Adam-Wood/541180607 Adam Wood

    I went into this movie with only 2 expectations: The Black beauty (having seen it at many car shows) and tons of gadgetry … everything else was just going to be filler for me. GH was constant laughs with an appropriate amount of seriousness for a family movie – Britt Reid’s struggle to find himself (or lose himself) in his relationships with his Father, Kato, and love interests kept this grounded. I Loved the movie! Thanks again John and Jon for the passes!!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the kind words about the film homie! It hit 99% of budget this weekend so we at Sony thank the fans as well!

  • http://twitter.com/g_gryffyn 그웬 (Gwen)

    I managed to actually see this one in theaters, in Japan this time. It was surprisingly great! And also surprisingly dark – there’s a lot of death in this one that the guys never really blink an eye at, except to shy away from the grossness factor of it. I appreciated the satire of all the killings with no consequences, which made it even funnier in a twisted sort of way. And Jay Chou was awesome as Kato.

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