Ryan Reynolds Blake Lively Mark Strong
peter sarsgaard Angela bassett tim robbins
Let's put things in perspective. For $300 million dollars, you can have three Lord of the Rings films or you can have one Green Lantern. Boasting itself as one of the summer’s hottest movie tickets, there couldn’t have been a duller, lifeless and lackluster comic book movie. Following the very impressive X-Men First Class, which cost only a fraction of what this movie did, Green Lantern uses special effects in every single frame to make up for the appalling lack of creativity throughout. There is a reason the focus of this production has been on Ryan Reynolds and his abs, and it is because there is nothing else worth talking about.
A magical ring with enormous power has chosen Hal Jordon (Reynolds), a human pilot who has lead a reckless and carefree life. The Green Lanterns from the planet Oa have, for the first time, bestowed their powers on a human. But because of Hal’s attitude, they quickly regret the ring’s decision. Receiving the dark side of the power, Dr. Hector Hammond (Sarsgaard), always pushed to the side by his father the senator (Robbins), decides to use his gift for evil and against this new Green Lantern. Understanding the responsibility and his affection for his co-pilot Carol (Lively) Hal will prove to the Green Lanterns that he is worthy of the ring and the power he has been given.
The first ten minutes of the film is complete animation; we don’t actually see live action until the entire prologue is complete. Green Lantern has many problems, one of which is adhering to the fantastic elements in the comic book that do not, and cannot translate to the big screen in a way that isn’t ridiculous. Second director Martin Campbell's reasoning that if you just add another special effect it will be better has made this film so lifeless that it’s difficult to discern anything from it. It took four screenwriters and the lack of creativity and intelligence in this movie is stunning. The dialogue is very elementary and much of that can and should be blamed on pretty faces Reynolds and Lively, who are only popular in Hollywood because of their looks; neither have an idea of what talent is.
If there is one entertaining element to this movie, it’s the complete and utter chaos that Golden Globe nominated Peter Sarsgaard evokes in his ridiculous giant head makeup and continuous screaming. Respectable actors like Bassett and Robbins are sprinkled throughout the film in hopes of representing the idea of talent, but it’s useless. I thought Thor was bad with all it's space filled intergalactic mumbo-jumbo, but this is so much worse. This makes Thor look magnificent. Hollywood is so determined to dig up every single super hero that ever appeared in a comic book and slap them on the big screen and this is a prime example of one that should have stayed on the page.
Final Thought – One of the worst comic book adaptations in years.
By: Dustin Chase W.
Editor: Michael Woody