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The Green Hornet

French director Michel Gondry wouldn’t seem the most obvious choice to helm The Green Hornet. He made his name with a handful of fantastically strange, intricately fabricated movies over the last decade, most memorably Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (with Jim Carrey) and the French-language film The Science of Sleep. Each of them, however different, was often visually striking, with dream-like interludes and infused with psychologically unsettling but delicate elements—some might say a precious sensibility.

The Dilemma

You know the phrase “neither fish nor fowl”? That’s the best way to describe this uncomfortable mix of drama and comedy, which lumbers around for two hours like a beast trying to fly with fins and swim with wings. (I plan to submit this to The New Yorker’s “Block that Metaphor!” editor.)

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