Friday, March 25, 2011

The Green Hornet (2011)

This is a solid movie. Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) is the son and heir of a Los Angeles newspaper magnate. He enjoys the luxurious lifestyle he is allowed and frequently attends parties and meets women. He has no real goals, but just lives in the pleasure of the moment. When his father suddenly dies from a bee sting, Britt unexpectedly inherits the newspaper business. He feels completely lost, but decides to re-hire his father's former assistant, Kato (Jay Chou), who makes excellent coffee and is an amazing mechanic. The two men team up and decide to tackle the city's crime in disguise.

Seth Rogen co-wrote the screenplay. The production modified 29 Imperial Crown sedans from model years 1964 to 1966 to portray the Green Hornet's luxurious supercar, the Black Beauty. On December 15, 2010, Mythbusters aired an episode known as the "Green Hornet Special" where they addressed two scenarios from the film: whether a buried car could throw off a bulldozer in an explosion and not hurt the passengers, and whether a car cut in half could still drive. The Green Hornet character was created by Fran Striker for the 1936 radio series. There was also a television show on ABC that ran from September 1966 through March 1967.

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