I went to see The Green Hornet, starring Seth Rogan recently. It seems that critics dismiss Rogan’s performance as Britt Reid, but I contend that Seth is trying to go for that. It is my contention that it is best that Seth is not just playing his usual self. No, he is playing a slightly younger, slightly trimmer Head Coach of the New York Jets, one Rex Ryan. Let’s see the similarities between the movie’s protagonist, Britt Reid, and sports’ media current favorite darling, Rex Ryan:
- Reid: uses his newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, to create hype about his alter-ego.
- Ryan: uses the New York media to create hype about his ego (and his team).
- Reid: has an unknown sidekick named Kato that does all the dirty work.
- Ryan: has an unknown Defensive coordinator named Mike Pettine that does all the dirty work.
- Reid: relies on his secretary, Lenore Case, to figure out how he should on the offensive.
- Ryan: relies on his coordinator, Brian Schottenheimer, to run the offense.
- Reid: battles against Chudnofsky, an uncharismatic mob boss that runs the L.A. crime scene, and Scalan, a pretty-boy D.A.
- Ryan: battles against Bill Belichick, an uncharismatic head coach that runs the New England Patriots, and Tom Brady, a pretty-boy QB.
- Reid: struggles to overcome the shadow cast by the legacy of his father, who ran a tough, in-your-face newspaper.
- Ryan: struggles to overcome the shadow cast by the legacy of his father, who ran a tough, in-your face 1985 Chicago Bears defence.
Oh yeah, the review…. It’s an amusing action flick. It’s a very good way to spend a couple of hours out of the ice and snow. The target audience was born at least ten years after the TV show aired (Generation (Re)x?), so any comparisons to that are pointless. With all this in mind, I give Gang Green – West Coast a B- .