'Green Hornet' Lacks Sting The Green Hornet is back. A career as a crime fighter in both radio and television is in his past, and a new film showcasing his heroics is opening in theaters Friday.
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'Green Hornet' Lacks Sting

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'Green Hornet' Lacks Sting

'Green Hornet' Lacks Sting

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RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

"The Green Hornet" goes on display in theaters this week, and our critic Kenneth Turan has this review.

KENNETH TURAN: The Hornet is technically not a superhero at all. Like Batman, The Hornet fights crime from behind a mask with just his ordinary human powers - plus some nifty inventions.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GREEN HORNET")

JAY CHOU: (as Kato) We'll need a car.

SETH ROGEN: (as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet) Hells, yes. We'll need a car.

CHOU: (as Kato) With some weapons.

ROGEN: (as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet) Hmm.

CHOU: (as Kato) And armor.

ROGEN: (as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet) Cool rims. Spinning rims.

CHOU: (as Kato) I can do that.

ROGEN: (as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet) Kato, I want you to take my hand. I want you to come with me on this adventure.

TURAN: An unexpected death shakes Britt up. He teams with Kato, played by Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou, to form a crime-fighting team that is never quite sure what it's doing.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, "THE GREEN HORNET")

ROGEN: (as Britt Reid/The Green Hornet) Kato, I think this was the greatest moment in my entire life.

CHOU: (as Kato) I know. Mine, too.

TURAN: The performer who looks really lost in these ruins is Cameron Diaz, playing the woman whose affections the boys ineptly battle each other for. Girls are such a bore, the Hornet proclaims at one point - not as much of a bore, however, as a hornet without its sting.

(SOUNDBITE OF "GREEN HORNET" THEME MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

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