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.
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.
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.