Sunday, June 19, 2011

ReviewsByJames: Green Lantern (2011)

Green Lantern (2011)
5/10 Stars

Sigh. Although Green Lantern/Hal Jordan is a favorite in the DC universe, director Martin Campbell failed miserably to make an awesome movie. The visual effects were kind to the eyes but I wish that there was more to it than just that. I like how the story was very close to the comics which is rare to see nowadays (ie X-Men First Class and so on). The preview did not do much to motivate me to see it. It primarly focused on the comedy and the uberly green effects. The romance between Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) and Carol Ferris (Blake Lively) was pointless. I truly understand that "Hollywood" wants that element in every movie but seriously, this movie did not need it. The chemistry between them was absent. Again, I must admit that it comes close to the original story portrayed in the comics but the movie epically lacks at taking time to flesh out the core of main characters and have the audience care about them. Most of the characters were just there for dialog leaving them without conviction or believability. I think Reynolds was wrong for the part. I felt the script was written to cater to the actor (Reynolds) and not the character (Hal Jordan). But that is almost a given when a major actor stars in a movie. Reynolds is the same in all of his movies. Although he's a very likable and appealing actor for a lot of movie goers, Reynolds could not play duel identities like Hal who is struggling with real inner turmoil. I give Martin Campbell's Green Lantern a 5 out of 10 stars. It does have the cool visual effects and action scenes. The story is original that tried to stay close to the comic version. The movie is overshadowed by the CGI, hurried storylines, and bad punch lines. As much as I wanted this movie to be awesome, Campbell just did not deliver.

If you do watch it, stay mid-way through the credits. Teaser scene for the sequel. If you know your DC/Green Lantern stuff, you probably know what is going to happen with one of them. 


1 comment:

  1. We went to see it in 3D yesterday and found it disappointing. Wasn't as good as we thought it would have been. Also thought Ryan Reynolds didn't play Hal very well. Wasn't sure what the first part was about with the astronauts.