Cert: 12 A Runtime: 105 mins Director: Martin Campbell Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Livley, Peter Sarsgaard, Geoffrey Rush, Mark Strong, Tim Robbins
In brightest day, in blackest night / No evil shall escape my sight / Let all who worship evil’s might / Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!
Green Lantern is DC Comics only attempt at a Summer blockbuster this year, as Batman and Superman will arrive next summer. I have not followed the Green Lantern series that avidly, but I did my research prior to watching Martin Campbell’s interpretation of the Green Latern franchise. The main plot basically is Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) a cocky test-flight pilot following in the footsteps but still haunted from the death of his father during his childhood days. In space Abin Sur (Temuera Morrison) one of the Lanterns’ best warriors has been wounded and near death after being struck by the evil Parallax, whose main ambition is to destroy the Green Lantern Corps. Abin Sur crashes to earth to find his successor, the ring chose Hal (who as a human is freaked out) After realizing the power Hal now has, he goes to the Planet Oa the main hub of the Lanterns to learn his craft. With the training of the Lanterns and the disapproval of Sinestro (Mark Strong), Hal quits and returns to earth. But Earth is now at threat as Parallax is about to destroy Earth and all that Hal Jordan loves Carol Ferris (Blake Livley). There is more to the plot but it has to many layers to it.
This is an origins film which has been made into a more modern Green Lantern. The film is 90% story setup and 10% action sprinkled throughout the film, most of them at the end with a short and uninspired final battle.This film could’ve used a LOT more action; most of it already revealed from the trailers, believe it or not. This film is very heavy in CGI, and the 3D is not worth the money. It’s a hit or miss. It works, but some may think it’s a little silly.Also, Hal Jordan’s constructs in this movie were a little too “cartoony”. He basically created everything from a flamethrower, gatling gun, artillery gun, a SWAT shield, catapult, jetplanes, and even a cadillac dragster complete with its own green speedway to drive on to! For a live action movie, just felt a little over the top silly.Mark Strong definitely was the best cast of the film. He played the cool and calculated Sinestro better than I’d imagine. Although they were not really “buddies” in the comics, a missed opportunity I thought was that it would’ve been better if they had played more on the relationship between Hal Jordan and Sinestro as something a bit more than just mentor to student, in order to build up a stronger emotional bond when the “inevitable” heel turn happens to strengthen a sequel. Blake Lively played the typical bossy childhood girl (friend) who plays hard to get, but changes her heart once the hero saves the day. One of my least favorite characters in the film actually. Ryan Reynolds did impress me, the role seems to be right up his ally. He portrays Hal Jordan very well, and he should be proud of his work.
All in all this movie was a decent summer movie. The pacing was off, and you don’t really have any emotional pull for the characters. The final battle ends before you knew it even started. It’s not as good as this year’s other comic book predecessors in X-Men 1st Class, and Thor. Don’t come expecting deep character developments or you may be disappointed, as the movie doesn’t take itself way too seriously as it should. For a 105 minute movie, the best parts were near the end in the last 15 mins of the film.