This week we continue the green theme by looking at another superhero flick; The Green Hornet. (Hmm, I guess you could include comic and hero in the continuing themes column too.) I should probably confess, I have no idea what the Green Hornet is about, aside from what I saw in the film. So everything I say could change the character entirely from how it was originally envisioned by the creators. But I suppose that’s why I try and fix these things (that and the inflated sense of ego I get).
Another thing that needs to be toned down is the amount of slow motion during the fight scenes. I don’t need my film padded out by half an hour of slow motion shots. I’m not watching The Matrix, nor is the film so short that it needs extra time gained by elaborate martial arts shown at half speed. The fight scenes should be quicker; the major fights in the film were very much a copy and paste affair, where Kato would beat up a group of people whilst the Green Hornet would stand to one side fighting a solitary attacker. Maybe we could have some training scenes showing us that Britt Reid is trying to learn some form of rudimentary self-defence. The outcome of these scenes would be Kato soundly trouncing Reid, thereby showing that whatever happens, Kato is the master. This could then lead to the climactic battle where Reid finally comes into his own.
The film had some good points, but nothing that was outstanding. I’m not entirely sure how I would adjust the story, not knowing more about the character. And in many ways, that is the worst thing about the film. I feel I’ve learnt no more about the characters than I did at the start of the film. That would be the most important thing to change. If that were fixed, the rest would easily fall into place.
That’s what I think. But what about you? If you have any different ideas on how to fix this, or you have a film that you desperately want to try and improve, let me know in the comments. Remember to tune in next week when I shall try and fix one of the greatest sagas of all time…