Monday, January 17, 2011

Green Hornet the movie vs the comic book *mild spoilers*

As someone who read Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet which was based on the script he wrote for Disney and saw the movie starring Seth Rogen, I have to say that neither one made me completely happy. I wish that Kevin Smith and Seth Rogen had combined scripts – that would have been better for the movie.

Don’t get me wrong, the film was a lot of fun once it got going but how Britt Reid becomes The Green Hornet is nonsensical garbage that’s boring, sad, and unfunny at the same time. On the other hand, Kevin Smith’s origin of how Britt Reid becomes Green Hornet is kick ass – from the father being the original Green Hornet who retires, to Kato’s daughter, Mulan. But once Kevin Smith’s story gets going, it’s boring.

This is how the movie could have been done: The Green Hornet and Kato trick all the crime families into meeting, capture them, and retire. Years later, Britt is all grown up and wasting his life. His father is murdered at a party which brings Kato out of retirement. Britt meets Kato’s daughter Mulan who trains with him to be The Green Hornet and Kato’s replacements. Then the rest of the movie version is great (with a few changes to accommodate the new origin).

Although neither was perfect, I preferred Seth Rogen’s version to Kevin Smith’s. If you’re on the fence about seeing the film, see it – just do yourself a favor and go in with no expectations. Once Seth Green becomes The Green Hornet, the movie is hilarious and action packed.
The Green Hornet and Kato
The Green Hornet and Mulan

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