Friday, January 14, 2011
The Green Hornet
OK so the lead is good, but what about the rest of the cast? Well, Rogan's unbelievably talented sidekick Kato is played by Jay Chou, in the role portrayed by Bruce Lee in the 60's television show. I wasn't familiar with Chou, but apparently he's huge in Asia. He's your typical martial arts expert who's a bit lacking on personality. They went a little too safe there for my taste.
And the supporting cast includes the always amazing Tom Wilkinson, the ubiquitous James Franco, the menacing Christoph Waltz (fresh off his Oscar win for 'Inglourious Basterds'), and the uber-perky Cameron Diaz. That's a pretty strong supporting cast.
So we were off to a good start, and the first half was actually a very fresh and satisfying character driven film. But like a lot of comic book films (e.g. 'Iron Man 2'), it devolves into way too many way-too-long action sequences in the second half and it became a snoozefest. At least for me. But some folks love the action.
Grade for First Half: B+
Grade for Second Half: C+
Average Grade: B