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Green Hornet Trailer Drives In
See Seth Rogen in… action?

22 June 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Yahoo Movies

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We promised that the Green Hornet trailer would be appearing just a few scant hours after the first images, and we were not lying. The footage, which was premiered by star Seth Rogen on US TV chat show Jimmy Kimmel, is now online over at Yahoo and you can watch it below.

So how is it? Mixed. While Rogen has promised that it’s not a goofy, spoofy take on the Hornet story, there’s definitely a lot of typically Rogen-style humour to be found in this first look at Michel Gondry's film.

But from the looks of it, there’s also a healthy serving of action and set pieces on board and, while in this presentation the movie comes across as a fairly generic summer (or, in this case, January) blockbuster, you get the feeling that this first trailer aims to dial down the inherent Gondry-ness. Which, depending on what you’re hoping for from the film, is either a good or a very bad thing.

Plus, the filmmakers, including Gondry and editor Sally Menke are still hard at work on the film, so some elements (like the promised “Kato-vision”) are still being tinkered with. While we get a look at some of the movie’s style, there’s more to come (bet they show some of it at Comic-Con).

And while Rogen has slimmed down for the role, there’s little evidence here of him being an action star, with Jay Chou’s Kato getting the lion’s share of the stunts and Rogen’s Britt Reid more learning the ways of being a vigilante.

What is on display in this first promo is the basic story of the Hornet: party animal Britt is suddenly saddled with his father’s (Tom Wilkinson) media empire and, working with loyal and ingenious employee Kato, decides to finally stop living it up and start giving something back. So together the pair cooks up a vigilante known as the Green Hornet, who can pose as a villain to get close to criminals and shut them down. But they hadn’t bargained with the big kahuna of the Los Angeles crime scene: Benjamin Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz), who doesn’t take too kindly to the new interloper…

Take a look at the footage and let us know your thoughts.

The Green Hornet buzzes into cinemas on January 14, 2011.

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Your Comments

I was quite looking forward to seeing Seth Rogen as The Green Hornet, but it's just every other character he's done in an action film. He just doesn't suit the role he's too goofy. Don't get me wrong I love Seth Rogen but he just doesn't fit. Hopefully the trailer was poorly made and the film will be immense, but I'll just have to wait and see. More

Posted by Star_trekking16 at 20:01 on 28 June 2010 | Report This Post

I was quite looking forward to seeing Seth Rogen as The Green Hornet, but it's just every other character he's done in an action film. He just doesn't suit the role he's too goofy. Don't get me wrong I love Seth Rogen but he just doesn't fit. Hopefully the trailer was poorly made and the film will be immense, but I'll just have to wait and see. More

Posted by Star_trekking16 at 19:43 on 28 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: on rewatching...
Kato looks cool but Seth Rogen as Reid? this is a casting mistake they should have picked Josh Lucas, Seth Rogen still comes off as a bumbling goof, Van Johnson was never bumbling, at least they've got the CAR still. More

Posted by JoeyPottr at 22:26 on 25 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: on rewatching...
Can some1 give me a subtitle of this trailer? my english is not good, so that why i don't know exactly what they say ... More

Posted by tsunami9x at 09:18 on 25 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: hmmmm
Looks good, didn't see much of Gondry's trademark DIY effects style though. Although maybe the trailer is leaving out a lot of the good stuff. Still, it looks stylish and fun. I look forward to it. More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 01:53 on 23 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: hmmmm
I think balanced with Evan and Seth's script, Gondry's visual style, the great cast (and Rogen's charm) the movie should be pretty great. After that trailer I'm going to be a huge champion for this flick. More

Posted by odddaze at 21:52 on 22 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: hmmmm
Wow, that really wanted to be Iron Man. Pass. More

Posted by UTB at 19:18 on 22 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: hmmmm
Would have liked to see more Christoph Waltz in it. I'm a huge Rogen fan and predicted a performance people didn't know he had in him. After watching the trailer maybe i'm wrong! More

Posted by TheSpleen at 18:01 on 22 June 2010 | Report This Post

I liked it More

Posted by Frank Castle at 11:38 on 22 June 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Disappointing
I was intrigued when Gondry became involved, alas it appears just to be an ordinary, pant-by-numbers comedy action flick. Rogen's voice is awful for this type of role, it feels like hes constantly leading to a punchline, which ruins any form of dramatic delivery. In short, I think they were going for a Downey Jr type tone with this, but failed massively. Oh, and Christoph Waltz's decent into standard issue hollywood rent a bad guy was much quicker than expected. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 10:07 on 22 June 2010 | Report This Post

why not?
looks like fun but i think i'll wait for the DVD if theres something better on when it's in the cinema. More

Posted by livewire at 08:35 on 22 June 2010 | Report This Post

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