June 23rd, 2010
12:21 PM ET
After the trailer for “The Green Hornet” was released yesterday, movie fans tried to figure out what they didn’t like most: Seth Rogen being cast as the masked action hero, the fact that this story has been told a million times before, or that it'll be in 3-D.
Perhaps it’s just bad timing and moviegoers are suffering from superhero fatigue, but the plot of "extra-wealthy guy decides to put on a mask, get into his tricked-out car and go off and do good" hasn't impressed many, especially because the movie's first promotion doesn't reflect new takes on the story.
It clocks in at only two and a half minutes, but what is seen in the trailer has been called “generic” and alternately viewed as a knockoff “Kick-Ass," the wannabe “Iron Man," or an attempt at some cross between the two.
Its January, 2011 release date doesn’t bode well either, and commenters over on EW.com are already placing bets that "Hornet" will be the flop of the New Year. But, the movie does seem to have at least one saving grace, and that’s Michel Gondry as director.
As NPR points out, we got only a taste of what could be in the actual movie, and trailers aren't always wholly reflective of the films they promote - the chance that Gondry has lent his brilliance to the film hasn't slipped away just because of a mere few minutes of marketing.
If there's someone to put your money on, NPR asks, who would it be: Michel Gondry, or the editors who put the first trailer together?
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