Pure Campy Fun!


Back in the 1960’s a TV sensation swept the country. With “POWS”, “BAMs” and “SMASHES” Batman made it to television. Everything was bright, colorful and loud. In 1966 there was a spinoff from Batman called “The Green Hornet”. Adapted from a 1930’s radio program, this series (which lasted for 2 years) was a bit darker than Batman. The Hornet fought real crime, and of course Bruce Lee stole the show.

Now on to 2011, a new Green Hornet found his way to the big screen. This show is somewhere between the Campy fun of the 1960’s Batman and the darker 1960’s Green Hornet. Seth Rogen plays an inept jerk who wants to do good. He has one good idea and Kato (played by Jay Chou) is the master mechanic, martial arts expert with the knowledge to pull it off. The Vigilante, thought by all to be no better than the rest of the criminal underworld, Green Hornet is born.

If you go into this movie expecting it to be soul searching or a deep revelation into the mind of a vigilante hero, you are in the wrong show. There are some martial art fights, lots of things blowing up, a crime syndicate to wipe out, more things being shot at and blown up, some more fighting and more stuff blowing up. And there is comedy, yes there are things to laugh at in this film. 2 hours of mind numbing fun with lots of things being blown up and shot at.

I give it a must see again rating. I may even get the DVD when it hits the cheap shelves.

10 thoughts on “Pure Campy Fun!”

  1. I didn’t realize it was out yet either. Funny you should mention the original Batman series from tv – I was reminded of how much I used to enjoy it as a kid (disclaimer: reruns, for it originally aired before my time) when we came across it on tv the other day. Glad you enjoyed the movie.

  2. And don’t forget the dynamic duo and the Green Hornet and Kato teamed up for a two part Batisode when they battled Colonel Gumm (played by Harcourt Fenton Mudd, himself) and the evil pink poodle.
    The movie does look fun! Green Lantern coming soon, too!

  3. Well, I was surprised by the movie because I had no idea what to expect. I hadn’t retained much of Justj’s plot outline because I didn’t think I would be seeing the movie, so I was surprised that there were two green lanterns, not just one. I really liked Seth Rogen in this movie. So this is considered a comic book genre movie even though it was a radio show?
    And I’m kind of getting sick of Edward Furlong- been seeing a lot of him this past week!!

  4. Wait a minute… You saw Green Hornet, correct? Green Lantern is a different thing altogether. Sorry. I would consider the Hornet a superhero minus the powers although he was original a serial.

  5. Dunno about his getting into trouble… but we just saw him at the Terminator 2 in 3D show at Universal, which came out in the 90s and was hilariously outdated yet still entertaining. T was nervous about it, so I told her that it was made a long time ago, and that the kid is about my age now.

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