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Green Hornet Early Reviews Are Mixed

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood January 12, 2011 at 2:18AM

The early reviews are in on Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen's Green Hornet and they're all over the place.
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The early reviews are in on Michel Gondry and Seth Rogen's Green Hornet and they're all over the place.

Here are indieWIRE's Eric Kohn and Caryn James. And Screen. Harry Knowles finally posts his take, having seen it thrice. Here's Variety:

Reaching even further back than the recent comicbook craze for inspiration, Michel Gondry's "The Green Hornet" feels less like a throwback to the hardboiled era in which the 1930s radio serial was hatched than an homage to buddy-based '80s action comedies. Though the film is a blast, marketing has been a challenge, with Sony fighting bad buzz, date changes and confusion with other better-known, emerald-hued heroes (Green Lantern and Green Arrow). Ironically, that perfect storm allows the team to defy the purists and reinvent the retro vigilante to their rowdy, irreverent specs, delivering the goods for a punchy 3D breakout.

And The Hollywood Reporter:

Leaving behind a long list of previously attached talent from stars George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Jake Gyllenhaal to filmmaker Kevin Smith, the Black Beauty finally roars into theaters this weekend with Seth Rogen and Jay Chou behind the wheel and director Michel Gondry in charge of its course. While the slick vehicle in question -- a seriously pimped-out Chrysler Imperial -- delivers the awe-inspiring goods, The Green Hornet itself never achieves sufficient traction to go the blockbuster distance.

And a Twitter review:

ADuralde 9:01pm via Echofon
GREEN HORNET has so much repressed homoeroticism in it, you'd think it was still a @ThatKevinSmith movie.

This article is related to: Genres, Headliners, Reviews, Comics, Seth Rogen

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.