Tuesday, 22 June 2010
"This city needs our help!"
Cut to appeal to audiences gagging for another Iron Man entry, this shill for Michel Gondry's The Green Hornet does reveal a few prickly corners on further examination. First off, the hero's desire to create a super-identity is based not on some desire to do good in the world, but rather as a way to transform himself into a short-cut facsimile of his philanthropic father. Instead of knuckling down and making inching progress, Seth Rogen's Britt Reid leapfrogs legality with lethal toys and fawning media buzz. Likewise Jay Chou's Kato plays less like a noble sidekick and more like a reality shifted lunatic taken to blowing his pal's billions on massacre mechanics. Also buried in the noise is the film's 'big idea' - a superhero duo that willfully break the law to further their own twisted agenda. Hopefully in Gondry's hands we can expect a morally confused manic narrative focusing on two entitled psychopaths and the lengths they will go to to get their moneyed kicks. Keep lying to yourselves guys!