I will admit that when I heard Seth Rogen was going to be starring in a Green Hornet remake I was a bit skeptical. Seth Rogen is hilarious and everything, but he just doesn’t seem like the hero type. I also couldn’t picture him in any sort of actual fight scene, especially after Pineapple Express. To my surprise, the trailer seems to prove me entirely wrong.
Seth Rogen has managed to keep his sense of humor throughout this movie alongside some major ass kicking scenes. If they can keep that balance shown in the trailer throughout the movie then I expect The Green Hornet to be a very entertaining movie. Seth Rogen’s one-liners do a great job of lightening the mood and Kato is the perfect straight man for his jokes. Jay Chou fills some big shoes as Kato, who was previously played by Bruce Lee. He looks like he will do a fine job just judging from the trailer, but we all know trailers can be misleading. I believe the success of this movie depends a lot on how well Jay Chou and Seth Rogen play off each other, and the trailer seems to show they do it very well.
I am actually surprised that the trailer turned out this well considering the troubles this movie has run into. Nicolas Cage dropped out, the script has been changed around, and directors have been shuffled around before Michael Gondry stepped up. Most movies that meet half of these problems turn out to be fairly atrocious, but hopefully The Green Hornet can buck that trend.