Kato Couldn't Save the Day ... Not this Time
The limited storyline on the small screen (only 26 episodes) was usually that the Green Hornet would get himself in trouble, and then Kato, played by the Legendary Bruce Lee, would come to his rescue, Kung Fu kicks and chops in a starring role. That moderately worked as a theme in those ill-fated 26 episodes back in 1966. It did not work in this 2011 remake of that under-watched television program.
I'm not throwing stones at the remake's Kato, Jay Chou. He was the best part of the movie. He definitely resembled Bruce Lee's origination of Asian Cool, and he, like Kato in the original television program, was the best part of the production; however, it wasn't enough.
Director Michel Gondry took a lame script by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to build an unbelievable film, devoid of all emotion or the ability to elicit any palpable audience empathy. Capable actors: Tom Wilkinson, Christopher Waltz and Cameron Diaz were asked to interact their characters with weak, silly lines, which brought all of these actors' efforts down to the level of actor, and now writer, Seth Rogen, and, in respect alone, the movie just did not work.
Seth Rogen and Jay Chou as the Green Hornet and Kato: Above. Great action, bad film: Below.
The action was good, and well choreographed, which helped the box office (estimated at 98,700,000.00 USA). With the budget at 120,000,000.00, hopefully, there will not be a sequel. Do we really need another chance to waste 119 minutes (the runtime of "The Green Hornet") of our time.
Throw-away actor here makes Seth Rogen a hit in this scene: Above. Christopher Waltz, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in "Inglourious Basterds" was a waste of talent in this movie: Below.
I understand that the movie was meant to be a comedy. I just became a little sad that I had wasted nearly two hours trying to make some sense of this poorly crafted flop.
Rated PG-13, Released on DVD May 3, 2011.
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