The Green Hornet (2006)

I still don’t see why it’s so difficult to turn two of the coolest superheroes into a full fledged action franchise to this day. If anyone is more deserving of a movie franchise it’s The Green Hornet and his assistant/sidekick Kato, who, with the right director, can be turned into a blockbuster franchise that could easily be put in the same consideration as Batman.

Sadly though, this creation is forced to live a life of near obscurity and cult favoritism among the fans, and that’s a shame. “The Green Hornet” is ripe with possibilities, and Poitrimoult proves it with his sleek and fantastic fan film featuring the crime fighting title character and his agile assistant as they take on crime bosses and the like. For a person who prefers these crime fighters over some man dressed as a bad, Poitrimoult’s wonderful film is a pure wet dream, and it’s exactly what the feature film should possess in style and flair. The duo is on the trail of a murderous jewel thief and they’re not willing to go through red tape to ensure their capture.

Coming across a possible informant, they fend off groups of hired hands using their Hornet darts, and handheld weapons, as well as their fantastic martial arts abilities. This is the Green Hornet and Kato in their prime, and Poitrimoult captures their charisma better than any Hollywood director can ever hope to. Not only do they possess a force that makes them valid threats to the crime world, but Poitrimoult never drains the Batman well once. The Green Hornet is now a detective always ready to bash heads, while Kato is much less a servant, and much more a sidekick with a lot more power than Robin… and his name is cooler. Meanwhile Poitrimoult adds his own distinguishing touches; sure they both fight martial arts, but their styles are significantly different.

Which is another master touch that keeps “The Green Hornet” an utterly excellent adaptation. Poitrimoult captures the essence of the pulp characters and radio serials, along with providing some truly outstanding fight sequences that will leave the viewer wishing for a longer format, in the end. I’m still hoping someone in the US will see something in this property and turn this great pair of characters into a revisionist television series, or feature film, but for now, we have Aurelien Poitrimoult’s truly extraordinary short film that creates its own foothold on the mythos while properly paying respect to the original source material. And that’s okay… for now.