'Green Lantern' Review By Bawnian©-Dexeus
It seemed like such a miracle, like a childhood dream, having a ring that could do anything. So far, it's been a problem.
Directed by: Martin Campbell.
Based on Green Lantern by: Bill Finger, Martin Nodell, John Broome and Gil Kane.
Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan
Blake Lively as Carol Ferris
Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond
Mark Strong as Thaal Sinestro
Angela Bassett as Dr. Amanda Waller
Tim Robbins as U.S. senator Robert Hammond
Temuera Morrison as Abin Sur
Taika Waititi as Thomas Kalmaku
Geoffrey Rush as the voice of Tomar-Re
Michael Clarke Duncan as the voice of Kilowog
Jon Tenney as Martin Jordan, father
Mike Doyle as Jack Jordan, brother
Jay O. Sanders Carl Ferris, father
Clancy Brown as Parallax
*See the film before reading. Warning, there may be spoilers ahead. But if you don't plan on watching it, then go ahead :)*
(Details of summary taken from DC info...)
One of the oldest planets in the universe, Oa serves as the home and headquarters for a race of blue-skinned powerful humanoids who have dubbed themselves the Guardians of the Universe. The Guardians administer the Green Lantern Corps, a group of powerful universal police officers equipped by the Guardians with green-colored power rings-plus green lanterns with which to charge the rings. Green is the color of Will, the strongest power in the universe. Though the Corp is thought to be all mighty, there is but another emotional spectrum than Will....Fear. And with fear comes an entity that lives off this yellow emotion known only as Parallax. After defeating a mighty lantern known as Asbin Sur, the ring chose it's successor as the first ever Human Lantern named Hal Jordan, who's will power could be strong enough to defeat this all powerful entity.
So the day or better, year arrived when we the DC and superhero fans finally got our long awaited live-action adaptation of the popular universe of Green Lantern. I say "universe" because it can be anything and not just Hal Jordan, the protagonist of this feature. in this case, let's make it about just the green and the touch of yellow, shall we? I had high hopes, raised expectations, craving some galactic adventures on a whole different scale. My expectations were a little bombarded by the critics (let's call them the Sinestro Corps.) to later get worried. Still, I wasn't going to let that stop me. sure it angered me a little but I respect their views on the matter. Won't make this a rant because comic book readers or not, it doesn't matter; critique is critique. I sat in the theater, 3D glasses, popcorn and coke ready, in we go with a length of 1 hour and 45minutes= Well, it could have been worse. Ryan Reynolds said that the film was to be like the next Star Wars, so, let's just say it should stay leveled in Coruscant before traveling to other planets unless it wants to deal with the Death Star.
This movie has had quite the strain of problems from it's CGI to it's story telling. Having writers that have worked on some of the comic books, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim, it was good but far from perfect or even epic. But we got a Green Lantern movie, and far better than the atrocity that was Guy Gardner in an unsuccessful pilot of a Justice League TV series. Despite it's major faults, I enjoyed the fact that we got to see Oa, the Guardians (those little arrogant blue Yodas), Tomar-Re, Kilowag, Sinestro, Carol, Parallax and well, Hal Jordan! At least watching the animated films, some of the animated TV versions and the comic Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps. helped me prepare significantly.
Ryan Reynolds: Hal Jordan is a DC Comics superhero known as Green Lantern the first human shown to join the Green Lantern Corp and is the second DC Comics character to adopt the Green Lantern moniker. A test pilot later chosen by a fallen Abin Sur. some say that Ryan Reynolds was an error in the casting selection. Some will agree and others will disagree. I could have been Chris Pine, Sam Worthington, Bradley Cooper, Brian Austin Green and even Justin Timberlake; scratch that, I would have stayed away from the get-go if he would have been chosen. I can't blame Reynolds for his acting in this movie since the script didn't even help him at all. The puns, jokes and stuff weren't working for him. Then of course you have to talk to objects that aren't there and try your best to look convincing, which really, is not. Lord knows how difficult it was for the First Transformers. Then dealing with his past demons and conflicting emotions between his work and his love interest. It wasn't the Hal Jordan we wanted, but we got an average take on the character. Not great, but nice job on the front.
Mark Strong: Born on the planet Korugar in space sector 1417, Thaal Sinestro is a fictional character, an alien supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. Sinestro is the former mentor of Hal Jordan and the arch-nemesis of the entire Green Lantern Corps. His role as a Lantern was always to instill fear into his enemies and the innocent to get the job done; a quality not acceptable by the green power of will. Mark strong portrays the character to his very best producing an acceptable and worthy look. Doesn't exactly get to be the mentor with were expecting, nor even have a developing relationship, but we got Sinestro being Sinestro at least. Using the yellow power of fear to the advantage? Check. Acquiring the yellow ring? Check. Regardless the underrated moments of execution, it was acceptable.
Blake Lively: Carol Ferris is a character in the DC Comics Universe. She is a long-time love interest of Hal Jordan. As a rising STAR in the military to be aerospace mogul only shine as a successful SAPHIRE in the eyes of her father and Hal. Her performance in The Town has been her best role in her acting career. She manages to bring some dazzle and tolerance to the her character while dealing with a weak script. I hope we get to see her take flight in the future if you know what I mean.
Peter Sarsgaard: Dr Hector Hammond is a DC Universe supervillain who is primarily an enemy of Green Lantern. In a retelling of Hal Jordan in Secret Origins, his mutation derive inspecting Abin Sur's crashed aircraft, Hammond is affected by the meteorite fragment in its reactor. This leads to his brain growing bigger, and able to read minds, including Carol Ferris and Hal Jordan who Hammond deduces is the Green Lantern. Well, they got the gaining the abilities right, with one exception, his involvement with Parallax never worked this way. Sarsgaard was above average playing a demented scientist with father issues. Other than Mark Strong, he managed to take the role farther.
Temuera Morrison: Abin Sur is a fictional character and a superhero from the DC Comics universe. He was a member of the Green Lantern Corps and is best known as the predecessor of Green Lantern Hal Jordan, whom Abin Sur's power ring chose as his replacement. His relationship with Sinestro can be told to be more family than friends. His original meeting with Hal Jordan was due that he was attacked and pursued by the being known as Legion while on its way to Oa and was later forced to travel to the nearest planet, Earth. This has been the same retelling of character for quite some time: he fights, crash lands on Earth, hello Hal. Temuera was bad. Frankly anyone could have suited up in the alien make up and played Abin Sur. Common knowledge can asses that his purpose was only to wither away and make way for a new recruit.
Clancy Brown: Parallax isn't a he/she but an entity that feeds off of Fear more known as DC's meanest Green Lantern Foe. Voiced by the ever favorite and epic voice of Clancy Brown and yet unaccredited. His execution was weird than what others have come to accept him as. If it ain't broke, why try to fix it?
Michael Clark Duncan: Kilowag is a fictional superhero from DC Comics, and a member of the Green Lantern Corps. A towering alien with a brutish and porcine appearance, Kilowog is renowned throughout the Green Lantern Corps as the primary trainer of the Corps' newest recruits. Choosing a perfect voice for the brutish alien, it's sad that he was more for eye candy than any major usage. His brief training with Hal Jordan in the movie was pretty sweet to watch but nothing more to be impressed with. He was basically reduced to unimportant after that scene. Sad. But hey, he said "Poozer!" and that alone was music to my ears.
Geoffrey Rush: Tomar-Re is a fictional DC Comics character, and a member of the Green Lantern Corps. Tomar was a scientist on the planet Xudar before joining the Green Lantern Corps. He became a pivotal member of the Corps, training new members and close friend with Abin Sur and later friend of Hal Jordan. Here he served as Hal's tour guide. Rush's voice was also a fine addition to the cast, but like Kilowag, unimportant after his short screen time.
From the first trailer released, the negativity rose like a thunderstorm. the CGI on Reynolds suit was laughable. his head looked like it was nearly floating over green jell-o. However, after the release of several TV spots and following trailers with of course and extra 9 million, it was fixed. The art, the concept and the display of Planet Oa was magnificent. No such thing as too much green. All the other Lanterns were designed perfectly and detailed, the Guardians were blue, Sinestro's head was huge, and all that jazz. Parallax wasn't at all the menacing nor a big deal after several minutes. He basically a big cloud with hunger for power. I really wouldn't want to keep repeating and bothering people with the Fantastic Four reference of "Galacticus with a head", but it is true. He looks far better and meaner in the pages; more insect like. Many know that since the start I had a huge problem with the mask on Ryan Reynolds. I was satisfied with the ending result. The emerald statue that we see a lot behind Sinestro gave me cravings for some Jolly Rancher. And for those who thought that Hal's constructs were childish and unimpressive, let me simply say that, to my knowledge, it's been that way. Eh even uses a giant golf club to send a yellow lantern battery flying towards a moon in First Flight (2009).
(1) If they wanted to use Parallax, why didn't they take a little from Emerald Twilight? For those who aren't familiar with it, this is where Hal Jordan is embodied by Parallax. Then have the character fight him off with the help of the Corp and defeat him. it could have worked.
(2) The movie should have been more focused on Hal and Oa, and developed Sinestro, Kilowag's training and Tomar-Re with depth rather than going back and fourth to Earth. Not much of a space epic when you keep getting grounded.
(3) The film was fast paced, the script was weak in major area, little character depth or development, and shorter than what we had hoped for. An extra 30 minutes would have been ideal to focus more on Oa and Hal's adventure.
At least Campbell is great with James Bond.
It may look like I was disappointed but I was fair. There was potential to be used but I guess they didn't even realize it. I'll admit the character isn't easy to tackle but they did their best. We may have gotten a Lantern with some issues, but damn it we got a Green Lantern film!. Though the biggest and deadliest war the Green Lantern Corp is gonna have to face is the box office. I wish it the best of luck. A sequel script has already been in the works or finished but let's see what happens first. And don't forget the treat after the credits.
So, what's your Emotional Spectrum?
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.