I found the trailers for Michel Gondry’s The Green Hornet a little confusing, but when I caught a nice extended clip, I really rather liked it. The tea leaves seem to be making a little thumbs-up too: there’s Gondry at the wheel, a script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, cinematography by John Scwartzman, Christoph Waltz in the cast, and a cameo appearance by Anvil in which they explode. All indicators of quality.
But there are skeptics out there, some real Bah Humbuggers.
Nothing would make me happier for the film to really, truly sing on screen, come up aces and prove those skeptics wrong. According to some fresh test screening reports relayed by The LA Times, I might be on the verge of some happy happy joy joy time:
After the ratings cards were tabulated, the movie had scored a 93 rating in what is known as the top two boxes (the percentage of people saying the film was either excellent or very good) with 83% of the moviegoers saying they would “definitely recommend” the film to their friends.
Even if the film was shown for the kind of younger audience that would be most likely to want to see it, those are impressive numbers, which is perhaps why the studio executives on hand at the screening were seen breathing huge sighs of relief. In fact, the Sony high command was so buoyant that Amy Pascal was overheard talking about the possibility of a sequel after seeing the test results.
I don’t know what they mean by “younger audience”. I’d love to hear from anybody who was at the test screening in Long Beach on Tuesday night about who was in the crowd, what went down, what they saw, what they thought of the film.
Now, I hope that positive data leaking like this doesn’t create an early backlash against the film…