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Stirring an old nest

india Updated: Jun 03, 2011 23:46 IST

The Green Hornet
Sony Pictures, Rs 499
Rating: ***
Apart from being masked crusaders, what’s common to Batman, Iron Man and the Green Hornet? They were all spoilt rich. The difference is that rather than inheriting a tottering empire, Britt Reid, aka the Green Hornet, was a newspaper magnate. And the other, more potent difference is that Reid’s sidekick Kato is the real deal. No Green Hornet will ever survive — either the baddies or the fans — without a charismatic Kato.

Writer-producer-hero Seth Rogen knew it. So he wrote in a Kato who stood with his master shoulder-to-shoulder, down to fighting for the attention of office girl Lenore Case, played by a geek-tested Cameron Diaz. Jay Chou’s Kato, as straight-faced as all clichéd karate masters from ‘the Orient’, also works the twist in the tale. Rogen as the Hornet is less convincing than Rogen the rogue who partied hard before donning the superhero’s mask.

The best of the extra features is the gag reel, called ‘Awesoom’ after a Jay Chou song. Those who get aroused by what’s under the bonnet (of cars) will take to the last feature, on how a long, black and boring 1965 Imperial was repurposed to be the supercar, the Black Beauty. Rogen says it’s been used in 2011 version to keep a link with the original. But want to know why this version is very different from the definitive 1960s’ TV series starring Bruce Lee as Kato?