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'The Green Hornet' isn't that bad, that good or that much

Maybe we should be grateful that we have superheroes in movies, because none of our current leaders seems interested in saving us from the ills of the country.

This summer, we can spend a lot of time in the dark watching mighty men do mighty things, but the first entry in the superhero genre this year was the mighty curious The Green Hornet.

The onetime radio serial was adapted for the screen by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who also stars, and was directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

Rogen plays Britt Reid, the slacker son of a newspaper publisher (Tom Wilkinson), and he is considered a joke, especially when Dad suddenly dies and he has to take over the business. That works to his advantage, though, when Britt decides to fight crime after helping to rescue a couple from a street gang. He is urged on by his father's mechanic, Kato (Jay Chou), who really has the martial arts and technical skills needed for the job.

The pair — in what is essentially a PR stunt to attract attention to their anti-crime campaign — dress in their goofy outfits and drive around with a pimped-out car.

Eventually, they have to face off against the local crime boss (Christoph Waltz, who shows us again how he can be unexpectedly menacing).

Mostly, the film is divided among Rogen trying to be amusing — and occasionally succeeding — Gondry trying to add some of his signature whimsy to the proceedings, the expected car chases, and everybody winking at how silly it all is. The Green Hornet isn't that good and isn't that bad, but then it isn't much of anything.

The Green Hornet retails for $28.95 or $34.95 Blu-ray.

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