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2.03

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Green Lantern
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by Adrian Starland

"It ain't easy being "Green"!"
2 stars

The opening credits flash across the screen. The end credits roll. A “movie” with a plot and story exists somewhere in between these two extremes. Thank you for listening. Have a nice day.

Wait! You mean I've got to offer more than just that as a review? But that presupposes that there actually is something more to add. Oh... alright, dammit! I'll see what can be scrounged up.

From the first moment I'd laid eyes on the theatrical trailer it was plainly evident to expect disappointment.

My immediate disapproval came when the previews made it appear that the team translating “Green Lantern” to the big screen was going for a Robert Downey Jr. “Tony Stark” flavor for the main character. Huge mistake, considering that even during his “not such a tight-ass” days in comic books and after-school TV cartoons, Hal Jordan was anything but “lighthearted” in any measurable degree. In fact, the Green Lantern mythos itself did not really begin venturing too much down that path until DC Comics' post-50th anniversary slash “Post-Crisis” period, with the cancellation of the flagship GL title which was replaced with a GL 'superteam' format that introduced comic relief characters in the form of “Socialist” alien, “Kilowog,” and especially the sole-survivor of a planet of intelligent squirrels, “Ch'p” (the introduction of the latter thanks in large part to the anthropomorphized “furry animal” craze taking place in comicdom around that time, which was still a popular offering from many of the “independent” vendors) – the “Guy Gardner” Lantern, who remained detached from the new “buddy” format title to become a member of the “Justice League,” was reinvented into an erratic “loose cannon,” conveniently taking advantage of his slightly brain damaged state which made him both a somewhat silly and not always sympathetic character. But up until that time (and thankfully later), all of the Green Lanterns-- especially Hal Jordan --were, generally speaking, balls-to-the-wall serious, despite the inherent silliness of their 'superpowers'... so the idea of trying to sell this character as jokey and borderline childish would be the first and most serious injustice to the character. (Remember how you all complained when “He-Whose-Name-Shall-Remain-Unmentioned” diverted miles away from Tim Burton's 1989 “Batman” with his offering of “Batman & Robin”? Yeah... thought that would help you understand.)

"Strike Two" was the actor chosen to play the role. Ryan Reynolds is simply not “mature” enough (neither in appearance nor in his portrayal of the character). Ewan McGregor may have actually been better suited for the role (I know... the blasphemy).

The costume, which was a very early source of complaint for many, can be taken as either a hit or miss: nostalgia gets in the way, of course, but its “functionality” in the movie is an interesting twist. Personal reasons for preferring the styles more closely associated with the comic book inspiration involve the fact that in the source materials the costumes were never strictly uniform: each “Lantern” was relatively free to express his/her/its own individuality in style while still maintaining the look & identity of the space police force.

But of course, there's more to a movie than just its preview trailer... usually. In the case of “Green Lantern,” the film makers really should have heeded the popular (though not always necessarily accurate) axiom: “Less is More.”

“Lantern” suffers from too many things being done wrong to it, and not enough of those things they had done right. My biggest gripe was the overuse of CGI. There were countless times where I'd wanted to yell, “Just do the whole blamed thing in CG, already!” and other times where I'd wished they'd tried a little “innovation” with a retrospective look at the “Superman” films of the late-1970s and the make-up, puppetry, and modeling wizardry of the 1980s and just made the entire thing an “Old School” style live-action flick. As it stands, everything... from the alien characters, to the sets, to the flying sequences ...look too “cartoony” and too phony, and it really detracts from what is already a weak to moderately mediocre story at best.

And the “villains”? ... What villains?

Unfortunately for this movie, “green” pretty much defines the entire crew in their handling of these characters, their universe, and their story arcs. Obviously, not much deep research into the Green Lantern mythology was conducted which would've greatly aided in delivering a well written and engaging story that paid sufficient enough respect to the legend so as not to raise the ire of most of those with even a passable knowledge of the histories & motivations of world of Green Lantern. And those elements which the writers & directors did choose to focus on were so grossly mishandled that you'll really find yourself not caring all that much about what happens in the movie except how much longer it's going to run before the final credits start rolling. There's a good reason why despite many of the “modifications” and reinterpretations of the characters and their stories no one has ever truly “dissed” the Tim Burton or the Chris Nolan handling of the “Batman” character.

Perhaps with the sequel, assuming they're going to have one, they can leave “Hal Jordan” in space and turn over Earth-proper to “John Stewart” and maybe follow both of their adventures in their two separate elements. That may be wishful thinking, but whatever they decide to do after this, for Mogo's sake, ditch all that blamed CGI, please!!! Or at the very least, refine that shXt so that it doesn't so obviously and ostentatiously clash with the live sets and live actors!

If you really want to enjoy a well-made “Green Lantern” movie that tells a much more compelling “Green Lantern” story, then I'd suggest you follow my example (especially if you've just come out of watching this movie) and rent the ANIMATED “DCU” title: “Green Lantern: First Flight.” Trust me, you'll have a much better time and will get 10x more satisfaction out of it!

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originally posted: 06/18/11 11:22:14
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User Comments

10/30/16 morris campbell a lame boring cheap piece of shit 1 stars
9/02/14 Doug Wasn't that bad 3 stars
6/16/13 Durwood Great effects and comic book fun but the message (will over fear) gets preachy at times. 3 stars
3/25/12 RLan an entertaining superhero film 3 stars
11/19/11 action movie fan good but superficial fiklm.reynolds is good overcoming fear is best aspect not great or bad 3 stars
11/16/11 the truth Looks like a Marvel movie directed by George Lucas. Campbell stick to Bond 3 stars
10/19/11 Magic Confusingly edited, with a terrible script and an asshole of a protagonist. 2 stars
8/04/11 mr.mike It was OK , 3 plus stars. 3 stars
7/23/11 Charles Tatum Reynolds is betrayed by average flick 3 stars
7/13/11 savvysweep1 enjoyed the humor -the kids liked the action and 3D 4 stars
7/02/11 Kim Kardashian Hella awful 1 stars
6/29/11 Kim Phan out of all the comic book movie, I think this is the worst one yet! 2 stars
6/27/11 Dr.Lao Loved the special effects, hated Hal Jordan being a "Top Gun" type man-child 3 stars
6/20/11 fartvenugen Another pooptastic CGI crapfest. 2 stars
6/20/11 Roy Smith No chemistry with boring love interst, "hero" is dull, villian is horrible CGI - pass. 2 stars
6/19/11 Chris F best film of 2011 so far brilliant 5 stars
6/19/11 Andy Well paced and Humorus story..Good introduction of the Green Latern 3 stars
6/19/11 Apollo Sad. Very sad 1 stars
6/18/11 Ming I love this green movie..Great backdrop story on the Green Latern. True to the comic 4 stars
6/18/11 Darkstar Meh. DC fails again. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  17-Jun-2011 (PG-13)
  DVD: 14-Oct-2011

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